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Military Aircraft In Detail #2

Henschel
Hs 129

 

by Denes Bernad

 

Midland Publications

 

S u m m a r y

Publisher's details and Title Midland Publishing Military Aircraft in Detail #2 - Henschel Hs 129
Media: Soft Cover; 96 pages plus covers
Price: Available for GBP16.99 from Ian Allan
Review Type: First Read
Advantages: Logical format, important but neglected subject; comprehensive coverage, profusely illustrated, easy to read text, large format.
Disadvantages:  
Recommendation: Highly Recommended

 

Reviewed by Brett Green

 

FirstRead

 

The second in Ian Allan Publishing's "Military Aircraft in Detail" series covers the Henschel Hs 129. The author is well known Luftwaffe and Rumanian aircraft researcher Denes Bernad.

The Henschel Hs 129 was a purpose-designed, heavily armoured and armed tank destoyer.

The Spanish Civil War was used as a testing ground for new military technologies. Legion Condor successfully employed the Stuka dive bomber to handle stationary or slow moving targets such as buildings or ships, but there was no satisfactory weapon to efficiently deal with tanks and other fast-moving armoured and soft-skinned vehicles.

Tenders were therefore called for a heavily armed and armoured aircraft to operate at low levels over the battlefield. Hamburger Flugzeugbau, Focke-Wulf and Henschel responded to the specification, with the Henschel design winning in the last round of selection against Focke-Wulf's Fw 189 S.

This new title follows the same format as the first in the series - 96 glossy pages between soft covers, with descriptive text supported by 150 photos and diagrams.

The book is logically organised, commencing with background on the requirement for a tank-killing aircraft, followed by the selection process; development of the Hs 129; pre-series production, the Hs 129 B-1 - a greatly improved machine compared to the A variant; then the B-2; ordnance and weapons including trials; final developments and the end of the tank-killer - due to high fuel consumption!

Appendices include a reconstructed Hs 129 Production Table, a list of Aircraft Variants and flight statistics, and Specifications (basic and detailed).

The pages are prolifically supported by wartime photos and technical drawings.


 

Conclusion

 

The Henschel Hs 129 was undoubtedly an important and successful aircraft, and a true pioneer in the field of aerial tank hunting. Despite this, it remains under-documented.

Denes Bernad's "Henschel Hs 129" book helps address this shortage of information, and will be welcomed by modellers and Luftwaffe enthusiasts alike.

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to Ian Allen Publishing for the review sample


Review Copyright 2006 by Brett Green
This Page Created on 21 December, 2006
Last updated 21 December, 2006

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