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Wings of the Black Cross

Number One


by Jerry Crandall


Eagle Editions



S u m m a r y

ISBN: 0-9721060-3-0
Media and Contents: Soft cover; 36 pages plus covers; high quality glossy presentation in portrait 8.5 x11 format; 8 colour profiles; 67 wartime black and white photos
Price: USD$15.95 from Eagle Editions Website
Review Type: FirstRead
Advantages: Great photos of some rare subjects; very attractive profiles by Tom Tullis; helpful captions.
Recommendation: Recommended


Reviewed by Brett Green
Declaration of Interest - The reviewer is a published author of Eagle Editions




Eagle Editions has launched a new series of Luftwaffe Reference books called "Wings of the Black Cross".

Number One is presented inside a soft cover, with 36 glossy pages enclosed.

The book wastes little space. It is packed with around 67 black and white wartime photos, plus three colour photos on the cover and eight colour profiles by Tom Tullis. Each page has four or five large photos. Definition and detail of all of these photos is very good.

A good selection of subjects is covered, with about half the photos depicting late model Fw 190s and Bf 109s, and the remainder capturing Ju 87 Stukas, Bf 110s, a Ju 88 and Ju188, a rare Ta 154A-1, various Arado Ar 96s and Me 262s, and a Mistel S 2 combination. Most of the photos have been taken by servicemen of abandoned or wrecked aircraft. Most of these are quite close to the subject, and offer the modeller a wealth of detail on colour schemes and airframe characteristics.

The captions by Jerry Crandall are useful to modellers. Many include observations about the colours and markings of the pictured aircraft.

Tom Tullis' artwork adds even more inspiration to the mix. The subjects all appear in at least one photograph in the book, and I think we can assume that we will see decals of some of these too!

Luftwaffe fans will find plenty of interest in this new series.


Thanks to Eagle Editions for the review sample.

Wings of the Black Cross is available direct from Eagle Editions website or specialist bookstores



Review Copyright 2003 by Brett Green
This Page Created on 20 March, 2003
Last updated 24 August, 2003

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