S u m m a r y
||Soft cardboard cover; 302mm x
226mm in portrait format; 96 pages plus covers; around 200
photographs; 24 colour profiles; maps, appendices
for GBP£16.99 from Ian Allen Publishing's website
||Continues the neglected story of the
Luftwaffe anti-shipping units including aircraft, systems and
tactics, intruder operations; concise and
interesting narrative; large, relevant photos; great profiles -
terrific inspiration for modellers.
||Recommended for Luftwaffe
Reviewed by Brett Green
Sea Eagles Volume Two is available online from Squadron.com
The Classic Colours Luftwaffe Colours 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 aircraft from the first tentative
challenge to the Treaty of Versailles to the last days of the Third Reich. The
Jagdwaffe section has recently come to a conclusion with 20 books
in that series alone, but Classic Publications still has plenty of
ground to cover.
Classic Publications has now released "Sea Eagles, Volume
Two", covering Luftwaffe anti-shipping operations from the period 1942 to 1945.
The early days of these units was less than glorious, but the mid-war
years saw more success for these maritime Staffeln. With the
German offensive stalled in the East and the American industrial
juggernaut entering the war, it became imperative for resources to be
directed to the destruction of Allied Arctic convoys supporting the
Soviet Union. This task was partly the responsibility of Luftwaffe
aerial torpedo units operating Heinkel 111 and 115 aircraft.
The Luftwaffe also supported the North Atlantic U-Boat offensive in
the form of Fliegerfuhrer Atlantik, and in the Mediterranean, two
specialised Gruppen were committed, plus a number of conventional
bomber Gruppen equipped with the Junkers Ju 88.
With these resources in place, March 1942 saw a major escalation in
Luftwaffe anti-shipping operations and successes.
This title covers the build up of anti-shipping units, their training
and the heady successes of 1942, through the turning point against the
Luftwaffe during 1943 and the inevitable downward spiral in the final
years of the war.
The book comprises 96 pages in the familiar large format (303mm x
206mm) of the series. Around 200 photos, mostly of the 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. Plenty of first-hand accounts from both sides
of the conflict are supplied to put the technology into a human context.
The side profile illustrations are very
attractive, and cover a wide selection of mid to late war maritime
aircarft and bombers. These include Junkers Ju 88, Ju 188s and Heinkel
He 111s from bomber units in a variety of interesting hybrid camouflage
schemes, through to the impressive but flawed Heinkel He 177 Greif, and
more specialised maritime aircraft such as the Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Condor
and the He 115.
Air-launched torpedos and guided bombs are also covered in this
The operations, equipment and personnel of the Luftwaffe
Anti-Shipping units has long been neglected. It is very pleasing to see Classic Publications apply its
attractive and effective style to this important corner of aviation
This book in the Classic Colours series is ideally suited to
modellers with its many inspiring profiles and its discussion of
camouflage and markings.
Thanks to Simon at DLS Australia and
Allen Publishing for the review sample
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