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||A day to day account with loss
and victory records.
Reviewed by Steven "Modeldad" Eisenman
I’m sorry to
say that many out there might be disappointed. I too believed that this
volume would be loaded with pictures and profiles of 190s in desert
dress, with a discussion of the problems encountered by the this
aircraft in the harsh desert conditions.
This is a very
different book. Not that there is anything wrong with it, on the
contrary, it is quite nicely done. The authors set forth, in combat
diaries, the day-to-day events involving the Fw 190 from its early
introduction in July of 1942 to the surrender of Axis troops in Tunisia
in May of 1943.
focus on the service of the Fw 190 primarily with III. /ZG 2, II./ZG 2.
III./SKG 10 and II./ JG 2. There is also mention of service with
Erprobungkommando 19 in the very beginning and Sch.G. 2 at the very
end. It also covers the 190s role in the battle of Kasserine.
diaries are based on archival documents and first person experiences. I
must admit however, that to this reviewer, the diaries are less than
exciting, being written in a thoroughly workman like manner.
There are also
brief biographies of some of the pilots who flew the 190s scattered
For those who
like detailed records, there are excellent appendices. The first covers
aircraft and personnel casualties incurred by Fw 190 units in North
Africa. It covers the period from the experimental introduction in July
of 1942 and ends in May of 1943. There is also a list of aerial
victories from 8 November 1942, when the Fw 190 first actually entered
combat, through 28 April 1943. Finally, there is a list the 190s
captured in Tunisia.
There are a
dozen nicely done profiles by Claes Sundin, which include a USAAF
Spitfire a French P-40 and an interestingly marked captured Fw 190.
Claim to this captured aircraft almost resulted in a shoot out between
the RAF and the USAAF. But, contrary to what we might like to believe,
nearly all of the Fw 190s in North Africa remained in 74/75/76.
One of the
profiles will arouse controversy - White 1 of EKdo 19 with the “E” on
the rudder. Eagle Strike issued decals for this aircraft a while back
on sheet 48027. Eagle Strike shows the aircraft as an over-painted
74/75/76 aircraft where the top was repainted 79, the sides 78 and the
bottom left 76 with a yellow “E” on the rudder. Mr. Sundin shows this
aircraft as being repainted 79 on the top and 78 on the sides and bottom
with a white “E”. Since it appears that both are based on similar B&W
photos, this one does not seem to be clear one way or the other.
Of course there
are pictures of pilots and the aircraft. A good number of the pictures
are of damaged and captured Fw 190s.
This is a nicely done work that is primarily directed
at those who are interested in the combat history of the units involved
and the events of the time, and I recommended it to those readers. The
book also will be a valuable addition to the libraries of those who like
to keep records of the losses and victories. I believe this work will
be only marginally interesting to those who focus more on the aircraft
Thanks to Ian
Allen Publishing for the review sample
Review Text Copyright © 2004 by
Steven "Modeldad" Eisenman
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