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Mushroom Model Magazine Special

Adolf Galland


S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: Blue Series No 7103 - Adolf Galland by Robert Michulec and Donald Caldwell
ISBN: 83-917178-1-X
Media: Soft cover; 9.5" x 6.5" format; 88 pages plus covers
Price: USD$17.97 from Squadron.com
Review Type: First Read
Advantages: Informative yet succinct text about one of WWII's most identifiable personalities; good photo coverage of the man and his machines; attractive profiles
Recommendation: Recommended


Reviewed by Brett Green

Mushroom's "Adolf Galland" Book is available online from Squadron.com


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Adolf Galland was one of the most identifiable personalities of the Second World War.

Mushroom Model Magazine Special’s newest book, “Adolf Galland” by Robert Michulec and Donald Caldwell, traces the famous pilot’s career from his early years flying Henschel Heinkel He 59 and Henschel Hs 123 biplanes, to his best-known role as a fighter ace during the Battle of Britain and later, in 1941, during some of the toughest fighter vs. fighter combat of the war; as a leader of men; an innovative tactician and as one of the Luftwaffe’s highest ranking officers.

The book comprises 88 pages plus covers, and is presented in soft cover, portrait format. 75 black and white wartime photos are supplemented by 13 colour profiles and one additional colour plate. The pictures provide a good visual narrative of Galland’s wartime history.

The text is succinct but informative with the emphasis being on the famous ace’s war record. However, the authors do not view Galland through rose-coloured glasses. In addition to documenting his combat and leadership skills, they also raise the issues of overclaiming of victories (a common practice for virtually all fighter pilots), his occasionally intemperate decisions in the heat of battle, and his shadowy post-war visit to South America. A nine-page transcript of a discussion between Donald Caldwell and Adolf Galland makes for interesting reading, and provides some personality insights.

With the combination of wartime photos and very attractive profiles, the book represents a great one-stop reference source for virtually all of Galland’s documented mounts, making this title ideal for modellers. The analysis of Galland’s tactics and war record make interesting reading too.

“Adolf Galland” by Robert Michulec and Donald Caldwell is a concise, well-priced summation of one of the most famous personalities of the Second World War.



All Mushroom Model Publications books are available direct from the publishers, who now accept credit cards (Visa, MC, Amex, Switch)

North American distributors are Squadron/MMD, Australian distributors are Platypus Publications. In Europe, the books are available from any good bookshop (via our UK distributors, Orca). Contact MMP direct in case of difficulties.

Thanks to Roger at Mushroom Model Magazine  for the sample.

Review Copyright © 2003 by Brett Green
This Page Created on 10 April, 2003
Last updated 24 August, 2003

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