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Luftwaffe Colours

 

Transporter

Volume Two

by Martin Pegg

 

Classic Publications

 

S u m m a r y

ISBN: 1-903223-64-2
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 Allan Publishing's website
Review Type: First Read
Advantages: Continues 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 2 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 promptly followed up the first volume in the short "Transporter" series with Volume Two, covering Luftwaffe transport aircraft and operations from the 1943 until the end of the Second World War.

Once again, this title is largely the story of the famous "Tante Ju", the Junkers Ju 52, although other fascinating aircraft types also receive coverage. These include the gigantic Me 323, gliders and their tugs, SM.73, SM.82, close co-operation Henikel He 111s, Arado Ar 232, the bizarre Ju 352, the Go 242 and other troop gliders, and even a French LeO 451 impressed into Luftwaffe service

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 mid to late-war transport aircraft.

 

 

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 Allan Publishing for the review sample


Review Copyright 2006 by Brett Green
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