S u m m a r y
||Soft cardboard cover; 302mm x
226mm in portrait format; 96 pages plus covers; 200
photographs; 24 colour profiles; tech drawings, scrap views, appendices
for GBP£16.99 from Ian Allen Publishing's website
||Interesting and otherwise
neglected story of the Messerschmitt Bf 110 heavy fighter units; concise and
interesting narrative; large, relevant photos; great profiles -
terrific inspiration for modellers.
||Only covers Bf 110 (ie minimal
text on Me 210 and none on Me 410 and Ju 88C)
||Recommended for Luftwaffe
Reviewed by Brett Green
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 globe. 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 end of the Third Reich. The
Jagdwaffe section has recently come to a conclusion with 20 books
in that series alone, but Classic Publication still have plenty of
ground to cover.
Zerstörer Volume Two
chronicles the Luftwaffe Messerschmitt Bf 110
heavy fighter units from the beginning of 1941 until the last days of
the war in Europe. This is another fascinating yet largely neglected corner
of Luftwaffe history.
Considered at its inception to be the elite arm of the Luftwaffe, the
reputation of the Zerstörer
units was left in tatters after the Battle of Britain. Even so, these
heavy fighters continued to deliver useful, if sometimes ill-targetted,
service to the Luftwaffe right up to the close of hostilities.
This second volume commences with the redeployment of the
Zerstörer Gruppen to the Balkans, Greece, North Africa and
the Middle East after the debilitating Battle of Britain. Operational
history of Bf 110 units on the Russian Front also occupies a significant
proportion of the text. The narrative concludes with discussion of Reich
The book comprises 96 pages in the familiar large format (303mm x
206mm) of the series. The text deals almost exclusively with operations.
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 much
more varied than the examples in the first volume due to the transition
of camouflage over this relatively long period.
Coverage in text and pictures is almost exclusively devoted to the Messerschmitt Bf 110.
Although the Bf 110 was undoubtedly the backbone of the Zerstörer
Gruppen (in fact, the vast majority), it is surprising that other
types such as the Ju 88C and Me 410 are not discussed. There is,
however, a half a page outlining the early woes of the Messerschmitt Me
As always, this book in the Classic Colours series is well suited to
modellers and, with its narrative focus on operations, will appeal to
Luftwaffe historians too.
Thanks to Simon at DLS Australia and
Allen Publishing for the review sample
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