- Taschenbuch: 272 Seiten
- Verlag: Firefly Books Ltd (28. Juli 2011)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 155407892X
- ISBN-13: 978-1554078929
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 2,5 x 22,9 x 27,9 cm
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Graphic War: The Secret Aviation Drawings and Illustrations of World War II (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 28. Juli 2011
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Meant for instruction yet often beautiful -- the Halifax III bomber is a Venus in rivets. Donald Nijober makes all clear via trim text and captions.--David Elliott"San Diego Union-Tribune" (11/27/2005) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Donald Nijboer is co-author, with photographer Dan Patterson, of Cockpit: An Illustrated History of World War II Aircraft Interiors, Gunner: An Illustrated History of World War II Aircraft Turrets and Gun Positions and Cockpits of the Cold War. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Dieses Buch zeigt Illustrationen und Explosionszeichnungen der Alliied Air Forces und der Luftwaffen der Achsenmächte, die zur Ausbildung der Soldaten verwendet wurden oder die sie bei Einsätzen zur Hilfe mitführten.
Bei der Auswahl fanden Typenbeschreibungen von Flugzeugen ebenso Berücksichtigung wie technische Darstellungen von Waffensystem oder Verhaltensregeln bei Notsituationen wie Motorenausfall oder Landungen im Wasser.
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Drawing on a wealth of historical materials from military archives, training manuals, posters, and technical diagrams, he organizes the materials into four large collections of images representing Great Britain, Germany, United States, and Soviet Union. Many drawings are elegant, detailed technical schema created by now unknown draftsmen. Depictions of how to abandon an aircraft by parachute, dinghy, or lifeboat or of strategies emergency landings and safe bombing altitudes underscore the harrowing circumstances these pilots faced. Other illustrations offer tips on using cloud cover and reminders to watch for the "Hun in the Sun."
Bright collections of aircrew clothing would not seem out of place among the hordes of Christmas catalogs that pile up every fall. An occasional dose of levity sneaks into some of the British and American graphics about safety and maintenance ("What prop?"), but the use of humor is always to emphasize the many types of danger air crews faced, including accidents.
The German and Soviet collections, to no surprise, lack any humor but contain meticulous, even overwhelming levels of detail. The progression of the war is mirrored in the technological advances in the various aircraft, as captured by the growing complexity and nuance in the later graphics.
One point to ponder is that the aircrews had to memorize and comprehend the information contained in these graphics. Hence, it was incumbent on the artists to create material that was visually interesting, detailed, accurate, and understandable.
The creative elements may be secondary to the technical intention, but aspiring graphic artists may be amazed at how effective and thorough these renderings prove to be, especially considering the limited tools and training many of these folks had. Thousands of graphic artists and technical illustrators worked feverishly to develop this largely unknown array of training guides, technical manuals, and safety materials. Mr. Nijboer does them a great service by rendering their work in a fresh light, and his interviews with British artist Peter Endsleigh Castle are fascinating and insightful.
Mr. Nijboer notes that his book is not a celebration of the darkness of war. Rather, he notes that "the artwork in this book was created for a very different purpose---to help young men win the battles and, it was hoped, survive the war."
There are all kinds of things to be learned in this book from how to tie up a Sunderland flying boat, to ditching your Hadrian Glider at sea, the armament system of the P-61 Black Widow and the emergency exits to get out of a B-29, and a cut-away view of the Soviet V-12 engine.
The book is a large format picture book, printed about half in color. It is broken into four sections to cover drawings from England, Germany, United States and Russia. I wonder what it means when you see some of the pictures from the US and England contain bits of humor (perhaps a bit grizzley like the one labeled Watch That Prop and a cartoon figure is saying What Prop as it cuts off his head) while those of Germany and the Soviet Union are all business.
A fascinating book for any World War II aviation buff.
Most of the artwork comes from wartime training manuals, operations handbooks, aircraft production and assembly documents, posters, etc. Without exception, the artistic quality is stunning. Sixty-some years ago, when anonymous artists created these amazing works, computer-generated imagery (and, indeed, even the computer itself) was not even a gleam in the eye of the most visionary dreamer. Dedicated and talented artistic craftsmen turned out these exquisite pieces of technical art using "low-tech" items such as India ink pens, colored chalks, airbrushes, rubber cement, vellum and Bristol board. "Graphic War" shows that these artists not only succeeded in conveying complex technical information to the airmen who needed to know it--they also often created beautiful works of art in the process. Check out, for example, the intricate "Halifax III Main Structure" (pp. 78-79), the superbly detailed "Centaurus Aero-Engine" cutaway (pp. 156-157) and the colorful "B-17F Armament--Forward Compartments" diagram (pp. 210-211).
About half of the artwork in "Graphic War" is from Great Britain. The other half is about evenly split between Germany and the U.S. The Soviet Union gets only 14 pages, because wartime Soviet artwork is very rare and hard to find. While I marveled at the superlative illustrations, I also really appreciated the captions. Rather than describing the artwork itself (which is largely self-explanatory), each caption discusses the actual subject that the artwork depicts. For example, the captions for illustrations of aircraft torpedoes describe their use, reliability, warhead types, etc. The captions for aircraft cutaways cover performance characteristics, production numbers, variants, theatres of operation, etc. Thus one not only sees the illustration, impressive in its own right, but also learns something about the subject depicted. I found this to be an exceptionally interesting and effective way to combine visual and textual information.
"Graphic War," an homage to World War II's unsung "heroes" who helped "keep `em flying," deserves a prominent place on every aviation enthusiast's bookshelf. Graphic artists are also sure to find it fascinating and inspirational. I recommend it most highly.
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