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|Publisher and Details:
Luftwaffe Colours Vol 5 Section 4
Jet Fighters and Rocket Interceptors 1944-1945
||Soft cardboard cover; 302mm x
226mm in portrait format; 96 pages plus covers; more than 180
photographs; 24 colour profiles; maps, appendices
for GBP£16.99 from Ian Allen Publishing's website
||Vast collection of photographs,
inspirational artwork, informative text.
Reviewed by Rob Baumgartner
4 is available online from Squadron.com
Rocket interceptors and jet fighters hold a special fascination
amongst Luftwaffe enthusiasts.
Those that reached frontline pilots during 1944 – 1945 are the subject
of this latest Classic Publications book. It completes the last volume
in this current series and fittingly, it’s devoted to these highly
There are 96 pages containing nearly 200 black and white photographs. A
further eleven are seen in colour. Reproduction is excellent and the
large format of the book really helps here.
of the images will be familiar to the hard core devotee but this is to
be expected. The pool of photographs is limited and it is a credit to
the authors for collecting the vast number that did make it into print.
The captions are informative and do much to enhance the text rather
than repeat it.
One of the highlights of the book is the twenty eight colour profiles of
the aircraft concerned. These are dispersed throughout the book and much
praise is due for the manner in which Thomas Tullis and Eddie Creek have
rendered these. Unit emblems are not forgotten and these are also
illustrated to the same high standard.
Considering the series is titled “Luftwaffe Colours”, I did find it a
little puzzling that there was no artwork covering the typical
uppersurface camouflage patterns of the various aircraft
involved…official or otherwise.
The book is divided into eight chapters. An introduction to both the
rocket and jet engine is covered in the first two sections. The former
covers the years 1926 – 1939 with the later seeing the period 1935 -
The Erprobungskommando from 1942 – 1944 is discussed in the next chapter
and here the authors talk about the development of these aircraft under
operational conditions. The text is very easy to read and always manages
to keep the student interested.
Inevitably the sections on combat must follow and the period of April –
November 1944 is related in the following pages. Both aircraft are
featured and here is where we get a blow by blow account of the
victories and losses scored in these fledgling machines.
Before continuing with any further exploits, there is a chapter on the
Volksjäger. The He 162 was seen as an attractive proposition at the
Compared to the Me 262, its simple construction meant it could be built
in fewer man hours, less fuel was required as it only had one engine,
and being smaller with less weight it was expected to have a similar
performance. All that glittered was not gold however…
The next instalment sees the fighting recommence with December 1944 –
February 1945 being the next phase under the spotlight. March 1945 is
singled out for a chapter by itself, and leads to the final section
covering April and May of the same year.
To finish off the book, the controversial subject of camouflage and
markings makes a welcome appearance. Discussion here centres on the late
war finishes, Stab and Staffel colours, werknummers, and even a table
showing the latter’s relationship to the various manufacturers.
This is quite a comprehensive package that gives the reader a broad
understanding of the role these aircraft played in the Second World War.
The collection of photographs is impressive and the artwork provides
plenty of inspiration for the modeller. A representative collection of
upper surface schemes for these aircraft would have been more in keeping
with the title but it seems we can’t have everything.
This is a fitting conclusion to what has been a fascinating series, and
one that will delight all Luftwaffe fans.
Thanks to Simon from DLS Publishing and to Ian
Allen Publishing for the review sample
Review Copyright © 2005 by Rob Baumgartner
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