- Taschenbuch: 128 Seiten
- Verlag: Osprey Publishing (20. Mai 2008)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1846032946
- ISBN-13: 978-1846032943
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 18,4 x 0,8 x 24,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 111.289 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Jagdverband 44: Squadron of Experten (Aviation Elite Units, Band 27) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 20. Mai 2008
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"Aviation Elite Unit books are a departure from the usual Aircraft of the Aces ... and focus on units and their histories instead of specific planes and fronts. Jagdverband 44 covers the squadron of experten ... shows off some of the specialized weapons the Me262 used and details some of the interesting jet to fighter combats that occurred. Air war enthusiasts will find [this book] enjoyable and interesting to read ... the color plates are invaluable references when painting [Me262] aircrafts." - Michael Koznarsky, Historical Miniature Gamer (Issue 11)
"Again the text is exemplorary and achieves the perfect balance btween narrative and personal account to not only describe the history, but also to bring it to life." Scale Aircraft Modelling (August 2008).
"This book is very well written, and conveys the sense of dedication and hopelessness that these men must have felt during the closing days of the war. The book is as much about personalities as equipment, but provides a wealth of information about the airplanes used. It will be extremely useful to modelers."- Robert Forsyth, International Plastic Modelers Society (July 2008)
"All in all, this is a superlative book on the subject that will be treasured by both historians and modelers alike. It is one that I can recommend to you without reservation."-Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (May 2008)
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Robert Forsyth has studied the history and operations of the Luftwaffe for many years and met and interviewed numerous former members of JV 44 around the world, including Adolf Galland, Walter Krupinski, Klaus Neumann, Herbert Kaiser, and Franz Stigler during his research into the unit. He now works full time in publishing, and is the author of JV 44 - The Galland Circus (1996), Battle over Bavaria: The B-26 versus the German Jets (1998), Mistel: German Composite Aircraft and Operations 1942-1945 (2001), and Messerschmitt Me 264 Amerikabomber (2006 - with Eddie J Creek). The author lives in Keene, New Hampshire.
Jim Laurier is a native of New England and lives in New Hampshire. He attended Paier School of Art in Hamden, Connecticut, from 1974-78, and since he graduated with honors, he has been working professionally in the field of Fine Art and Illustration. He has been commissioned to paint for the US Air Force and has aviation paintings on permanent display at the Pentagon. Jim Laurier lives in Kent, UK.
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All told this lastest Osprey Elite comes highly recommended- which is more than can usually be said for Osprey's Luftwaffe titles - being an extremely well-written excursion into territory that will be unfamiliar to most. A special word for the superb profile artwork - some of the best I've seen in this series...
The details of JV 44's life and death, as detailed in JAGDVERBAND 44, are fairly well known. Set up to demonstrate that the Me 262 could be the superior fighter Galland had always claimed it was, JV 44 led a nomadic existence in the rapidly disintegrating Reich. Moving from base to base, drawing aircraft and personnel -including top aces like Steinhoff, Lutzow and Bar - from a variety of sources, Galland and his meager staff grappled with effective tactics. The squadron went into action in late March 1945.
Forsyth certainly packed a lot of information in the book's 120-odd pages. Along with insightful details on many of JV 44's "stars," he recounts the logistical effort of trying to set up and operate the unit, the various missions flown not to mention the unbelievable political intrigues swirling around JV 44 as the Third Reich disintegrated.
Likewise, JAGDVERBAND 44 is brimming with illustrations. It contains 130 photographs of pilots and aircraft along with six pages of marvelous Jim Laurier artwork depicting the units's Me 262s, FW 190s and even a Siebel 204!
Having said all that, I would have given Forsyth's book 4 1/2 stars if that was possible. JV 44 was set up to prove the Me 262 was a superior fighter. Although Forsyth recounts the missions flown by the unit, he makes no effort in the book's final pages to analyze what the unit achieved and whether they did, in fact, prove the Me 262 was a superior fighter. Other sources indicated JV 44 downed 45-50 Allied aircraft; is that JV 44's legacy?
In any case, JADGVERBAND 44 is compelling history and one of Osprey's better 'Aviation Elite Units' entries. Luftwaffe enthusiasts will want to snap this one up. Highly recommended.
This was an excellent surprise after the rather average efforts from some previous luftwaffe centered titles.
Though a light coverage its a fantastic read and easily enjoyable while still getting all the details and numbers out.
Also the profiles paintings are the finest I've seen in any osprey Luftwaffe title,
including the most accurate versions of the 4 known protection flight Doras I know of.
If anyone is cautious of Osprey titles from past experiences...leave that behind and BUY this book.
It's still a good reference document for JV44.
Plenty of photo's which is always great.
Details the pilots and some of what they went through.
If you need something to help kill an afternoon this is just right. Just wish it was a little longer with more story telling of combat with this awesome aircraft.
Still a nice book and enjoyed all the photo's of the ME-262.