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Messerschmitt Bf 109s
of JG 52
in Deutsch Brod

 

 

JaPo

 

 

S u m m a r y

ISBN: Not Quoted
Media and Contents: Soft cover; 56 pages plus covers;.
Price: Not known at this time
Review Type: FirstRead
Advantages: Excellent, in depth examination of the camouflage and markings of six late-war Messerschmitt Bf 109s at the end of WWII; good introductory text; very high quality colour profiles (each presenting both side views); helpful and informative four-view captioned illustrations of the camouflage case studies; full text in English
Disadvantages:  
Recommendation: Highly Recommended for Luftwaffe fans

 

Reviewed by Brett Green


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FirstRead

 

Before I start this review I should declare that I am quite fascinated by WWII aircraft camouflage and markings, that I am especially interested in Luftwaffe aircraft and that, furthermore, late-war colours are a special area of attention for me.

Considering these areas of interest, it is not surprising that I am delighted with JaPo's latest publication!

Japo's "Messerschmitt Bf 109s of JG 52 in Deutsch Brod" comprises 56 pages between soft covers, packed with photos, profiles, drawings and tables. The book mainly focuses on the camouflage and markings of six late-war Messerschmitt Bf 109s.

Deutsch Brod was a Czech airfield taken over by the Luftwaffe in September 1939. It was used for training, repairs, transport and other duties during the war years. By the first months of 1945, Deutsch Brod was near the front lines and various Luftwaffe units were transferred to the airfield. These included JG 52 in April 1945. The book spends the first 13 pages discussing the history of the airfield and the operations of JG 52 in these last weeks of the war.

The book then describes six fascinating Messerschmitt Bf 109s based at Deutsch Brod during this period. The greatest attention is given to camouflage and markings. All the aircraft are described in detail using text, two colour side profiles each, four-view drawings with captions and notes, and wartime photos.

 

 

Some of the aircraft feature minor variations from regular Luftwaffe camouflage, while others are genuinely outlandish! One example of the latter is "Yellow 11", a Bf 109G-10/R6 in overall dark green upper surfaces. There are also photos and descriptions of other Gustavs painted in similar fashion.

The colour profiles are very attractive and well detailed, and the photos are well reproduced. The supporting text, captions and tables add to the comprehensive coverage of these fascinating case studies.

 

 

Conclusion

 

I greatly enjoyed the analysis of the colours, markings and other attributes of the six Bf 109s in Japo's "Messerschmitt Bf 109s of JG 52 in Deutsch Brod". Even if the reader does not agree with all the conclusions of the author, you are provided with ample information and photos to make up your own mind.

This book will be appreciated by modellers, Luftwaffe fans and camouflage buffs alike.

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to JaPo for the review sample.



Review Text Copyright 2004 by Brett Green
This Page Created on 20 July, 2004
Last updated 19 July, 2004

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