Spezial No. 2
Reviewed by Brett Green
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latest edition of Luftwaffe Im Focus continues with this
series' excellent photographic coverage of Luftwaffe subjects from the
Second World War.
This newest publication is the second "Spezial" to appear, and
it is larger than the normal editions at 56 pages plus covers. The focus
of this issue is Luftwaffe aircraft during 1945. Not surprisingly, many
of these aircraft are abandoned or wrecked, but this does not detract
from their interest nor importance.
Most of the 53 photos are large and clear in black and white, but
there are five full colour photos included in that number. The tone and quality of these
colour photos is very good
indeed, and they are presented large on the page. One of the colour photos
is a magnificent side view of the enigmatic all-black Messerschmitt Bf
109 G-6/AS, "Green 5".
Subjects covered in the 1945 Special include Bf 109s,
Bf 110s, Ju 188, Fi 156, Fw 44, Me 262, He 219 and even a Ju 88 / Fw
190 Mistel combination. Some of the subject
aircraft have been photographed from different angles - an excellent
reference aid to the modeller.
In addition to the photographs, the book includes four high quality
profiles. One of these, a captured La-5FN, is supplemented with a bottom
plan view showing the stenciled markings on the yellow lower surfaces,
typical of Zirkus Rosarius aircraft. Another surprise is the
inclusion of a Zirkus Rosarius P-51C Mustang.
Full text and captions are both provided in German and English.
The captions are helpful and quite exhaustive, with details about units and locations
where that information is available.