S u m m a r y
||Hard cover; 224 pages; 303
mm x 226 mm in portrait format, more than 300 photos; two
loose-leaf cardboard sheets with actual paint chips
£50.00 plus shipping, online from Classic
or available worldwide from specialty
||Excellent description of pre-war and wartime
Luftwaffe code systems and markings; description of application of
paints and camouflage patterns; good coverage of Luftwaffe night
fighter, bomber, gound attack, reconnaissance, maritime,
transport and trainer camouflage and markings; discussion and conclusions are
strongly supported by official documentation wherever practical;
carefully selected photos (including many in colour) with
helpful captions; actual paint samples supplied on separate
cardboard charts; numerous new and interesting interpretations
of a number of finishes.
Reviewed by Brett Green
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Ken Merrick is one of the world's foremost researchers on the
subject of Luftwaffe camouflage and markings. His 1980 title, "The
Official Luftwaffe Guide to Painting German Aircraft", co-written
with Thomas Hitchcock, remains a favorite reference source for
modellers and Luftwaffe aficionados, regularly commanding hundreds
of dollars when a copy appears for auction on Ebay.
is therefore no exaggeration to state that Mr Merrick's latest
series, "Luftwaffe Camouflage and Markings 1933-1945", has
been long awaited and eagerly anticipated.
Volume 1, released in April 2005, lived up to expectations, being
a wide ranging description of the German aircraft paint industry,
its development, paint composition, patterns and applications.
Volume 1 also covered camouflage of Luftwaffe fighter aircraft
Volume 2 commences with an excellent description of Luftwaffe
code systems, unit markings, tactical and special purpose markings.
This subject is thoroughly and logically covered in four chapters
over 72 pages. This complex and fluid subject has rarely been
tackled in print before, and never as well as this. The detailed
text is supported by illustrations, tables and captioned
photographs, and many worked examples of the systems are offered.
One of the rare and treasured titles in my bookshelf is Ken
Merrick's 1977 work, "German Aircraft Markings 1939-1945". This has
been my primary source on the subject of Luftwaffe codes and marking
systems until now. The first four chapters of Mr Merrick's newest
title supersede and significantly supplement the information in this
The remaining 145 pages cover camouflage schemes as applied to
Luftwaffe night fighters, bombers, ground attack, reconnaissance,
maritime, transport and trainer aircraft. Each aircraft category is
treated to a chapter detailing different applications in various
theatres, and the evolution of schemes for each type over time. The
detailed text (thoroughly referenced against official sources) is
well supported by captioned photos, many in colour. In addition to
the official schemes and markings, there is also sufficient
attention applied to the exceptions.
Volume 2 is rounded out with a final chapter on the application
of the Balkenkreuz and Hakenkreuz.
In common with Volume 1, this title includes colour chips. This
time, the chips are labelled and do not suffer from the technical
problems experienced with the first issue (ie, they are not stuck
together). A small booklet explaining German paint technologies from
1930 to 1945 is also included.
If you already own Volume 1 of Ken Merrick's "Luftwaffe Camouflage and Markings 1933-1945",
you will not need my recommendation. You will probably already have
this concluding title on order or in your hot little hands.
The two books together represent a detailed and serious
examination of this complex subject.
"Luftwaffe Camouflage and Markings 1933-1945, Volumes 1 and 2" will be an essential companion for serious Luftwaffe
enthusiasts and modellers who are interested in the background and
application of German aircraft paints in WWII.
Thanks to Simon of DLS Australia for the review
Camouflage and Markings 1933-1945 Volume 1",
and other Classic books, may be purchased through
specialist bookstores worldwide or
Ian Allan Publishing website
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