S u m m a r y
||Soft cardboard cover; 302mm x
226mm in portrait format; 96 pages plus covers; more than 200
photographs; 25 colour illustrations; maps, appendices
USD$24.95 online from
||Interesting text with good
historical and statistical synopsis; many relevant captioned wartime
photos; inspirational profiles.
||Recommended for Luftwaffe
Reviewed by Brett Green
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The Classic Colours Jagdwaffe project is an ambitious series of
books written by an ensemble cast of some of the best respected Luftwaffe
experts from around the world. The focus of the series is the camouflage
and markings of Luftwaffe fighter aircraft from the first tentative
challenge to the Treaty of Versailles to the end of the Third Reich.
"Barbarossa - The Invasion of Russia June-December 1941" sets
the scene for the titanic struggle that was to follow for almost four
years, and which sealed the fate of Eastern Europe for the subsequent
This volume also provides some excellent background to the Luftwaffe's
role in the early stages of the campaign. By Hitler's own orders, the
Jagdwaffe was to concentrate on neutralising the Russian Air Force in the
field for the tactical support of Wehrmacht operations. The Luftwaffe was
expressly ordered not to attack the Soviet armaments industry at
this stage of the campaign.
The successes of German fighter units in the first weeks of the
campaign were almost beyond belief. Aerial victories between June and
December 1941 stood at more than 7,000. The only wrinkle was the slow
re-supply and repair of lost and damaged aircraft. Although this did not
delay the rapid German advance of the first few months, it had compounding
and ultimately disastrous consequences as the year ended.
Mombeek and Bergström's text is dished out in a series of easily
digestible and logically organised fragments,\; separated by photos,
profiles, tables and personal recollections. The result is a unique and
More than 200 wartime photos are usefully captioned and highly relevant
to the subject matter.
25 profiles by Claes Sundin add real inspiration for the modeller.
Claes' artwork is superb, with beautiful rendition of light and shade. He
handles the random mottling of Luftwaffe fighters very convincingly too.
The only curiosity about the profiles is the reference to 74/75 greys
applied to the earliest Bf 109s used in Barbarossa. It is generally
believed that these new greys were not introduced until later in 1941,
although customised greys had been used on the Channel front for some
"Barbarossa - The Invasion of Russia June-December 1941" is an
excellent summary of colours, markings and the context for Luftwaffe
fighters in the first months of the invasion of Russia.
The historical analysis is concise but interesting, and there is ample
inspiration for modellers with profiles and photos between the
This is another terrific instalment in Classic Publications
Thanks to Karin of
Specialty Press for the review sample
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