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Luftwaffe Colours Series

Transporter

Volume One

by Martin Pegg

 

Classic Publications

 

S u m m a r y

ISBN: 1-903223-56-3
Media: Soft cardboard cover; 302mm x 226mm in portrait format; 96 pages plus covers; around 200 photographs; 24 colour profiles; maps, appendices
Price: Available for GBP16.99 from Ian Allen Publishing's website
Review Type: First Read
Advantages: Tells the often neglected story of the Luftwaffe's transport units including aircraft and operations; concise and interesting narrative; large, relevant photos; great profiles - terrific inspiration for modellers.
Disadvantages:  
Recommendation: Recommended for Luftwaffe modellers

 

Reviewed by Brett Green


"Transporter" Volume 1 is available online from Squadron.com
 

FirstRead

 

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 the first in the short "Transporter" series, covering Luftwaffe transport aircraft and operations from the pre-war until 1943.

This title is largely the story of the famous "Tante Ju", the Junkers Ju 52, although other aircraft types also receive brief coverage. These include the gigantic Me 323, gliders and their tugs, the huge Bv 222 seaplane, the He 111 "Zwilling", Fw 200 and Junkers Ju 290.

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.

The side profile illustrations are very attractive, and cover a wide selection of early to mid-war transport aircarft. My favourite would be the garish red and white Lufthansa Ju 52.

 

Conclusion

 

It is good to see Classic Publications apply its attractive and effective style to this sometimes neglected aspect of German military history.

This book in the Classic Colours series is ideally suited to modellers with its many inspiring profiles and its discussion of camouflage and markings.

Recommended.

Thanks to Simon at DLS Australia and Ian Allen Publishing for the review sample


Review Copyright 2006 by Brett Green
This Page Created on 11 October, 2006
Last updated 10 October, 2006

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