S u m m a r y
||Soft cardboard cover; 302mm x
226mm in portrait format; 96 pages plus covers; more than 180
photographs; 24 colour profiles; maps, appendices
for GBP£14.95 from Ian Allen Publishing's website
||Absorbing story of Axis
reversals yet unprecedented personal successes; concise and
interesting narrative; large, relevant photos; great profiles -
terrific inspiration for modellers.
||Recommended for Luftwaffe
Reviewed by Brett Green
If 1942 was a year of stalemate, 1943 was the first year of undeniable
Axis decline. And nowhere else was this decline more obvious and more
catastrophic to the German Armed Forces than on the Eastern Front.
The new year dawned with the disaster of Stalingrad and, despite some
successful counterattacks and defensive encounters during the year, the
giant resources of the Soviet Union were finally in harness - on the
ground and in the air - to eventually grind the Wehrmacht all the way
back to Berlin.
After the stunning German aerial successes during 1941, the VVS
clawed its way back in terms of personnel, skills and technology and, by
1943, the Soviet airman represented a far greater threat than ever
before. Even so, the Jagdwaffe continued to enjoy successes, at
least in statistical terms, and particular pilots were earning legendary
status with remarkable tallies. For example, by the time the famous
Erich Hartmann attained the total of 100 victories, this feat was no
longer considered worthy of awarding the Knight's Cross as 50 other
Luftwaffe pilots had already reached that milestone!
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.
Vol. Four Section 3, Jagdwaffe The War in Russia November 1942 -
December1943, offers one of the best opportunities yet to showcase
some wild variations in Luftwaffe fighter camouflage and markings. This
period saw unprecedented improvisation of colour schemes, with greens,
browns, tans and appearing in a wide range of combinations and patterns.
Unique markings often complimented these interesting schemes.
The book comprises 96 pages in the familiar large format (303mm x
206mm) of the series. The text deals with operations and personalities,
and also briefly covers Rumanian and Spanish units operating in the
sector. More than 180 photos, mostly of the fighter aircraft of the
period, are one of the highlights of this title. Captions are detailed
and relevant, and provide useful information about the colours and
markings of the subjects. Tom Tullis provides 24 wonderful side profiles
with some inspiring divergence from standard mid-war greys.
If I could offer one criticism, it is that the main body text barely
mentions camouflage and markings, the raison d'etre for the
series. To be fair, the detailed captions and feast of profiles amply
covers this subject, but I would have been interested in a little more
detail about the colours and markings of the period in general, their
origins and typical usage.
A wealth of well-reproduced wartime photos, attractive colour
profiles and engaging text, makes Jagdwaffe The War in Russia
November 1942 - December1943 another great source of inspiration for
modellers in this ambitious series.
Thanks to Ian
Allen Publishing for the review sample
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