Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Albatros D.III/D.V, Aces’ Fighter

Published: November 20th, 2018     
Albatros D.III/D.V, Aces’ Fighter
Author: Tomasz J. Kowalski, Wojciech Fajga, Vitor Costa, Damian Majsak
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Company: Kagero Publishing

History

Nicely written on both English and Polish, this book provides the history of the German Albatros D.I through D.Va fighters in both German and Polish service. The Albatros was the replacement for the earlier Fokker Eindekker series, beginning service in mid 1916 until being replaced by the Fokker D.VII in 1917 and 1918. Most of the famous aces flew the type, including von Richtofen and Bolcke, and they operated the type successfully on the Western Front until outclassed by the British S.E.5's and Sopwith Camels, and the French SPADs. After replacement, they were used in less important theatres of operation and as trainers. Many survived the war, and quite a few were spirited away to Poland, where they became one of the important types in the fledgling Polish Military Aviation, which used them effectively against the Russian Communists who were trying to expand into Polish territory after the end of World War I. The Poles also acquired many from German stocks stored in Poland. Most were overhauled by the Poles and used until they were replaced by indigenous Polish aircraft as the national industry began developing types of its own in the early twenties.

The Battleship Bismarck (Anatomy of the Ship)

Published: November 17th, 2018     
The Battleship Bismarck (Anatomy of the Ship)
Author: Stefan Draminski
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Company: Osprey Publishing

"Sink the Bismarck" was the very first war movie I ever saw as a young lad, with my Scottish Father telling me it involved "the greatest naval engagement undertaken by the Royal Navy in the Second World War". The Bismarck, one of two Bismarck-class battleships laid down by Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine prior to the outbreak of the Second World War, was fast and extremely powerful, armaments wise. She had a very short career, undertaking only one offensive operation, in May 1941, codenamed Rheinubung. Together with the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen, Bismarck sailed into the Atlantic on a mission to block shipping carrying supplies to Britain. Obviously, this was something the British were determined to stop, and so the Royal Navy sent forces to try and intercept the German ships, including the battleship HMS Prince of Wales, and the battlecruiser HMS Hood.

American Tanks and AFV's of World War II

Published: November 13th, 2018     
American Tanks and AFV's of World War II
Author: Michael Green
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Company: Osprey Publishing

I've been waiting for a book like this for a long time - an inexpensive, comprehensive and readable book on US Armor in WWII. Prolific author Michael Green's latest release covers just about everything that rolled on track and sported a big white star. While there are images of war in this volume, this book is more informative than sexy - perfectly suitable as a go-to resource for research, as well as an easy read next to the fireplace.

Even though the book is separated into chapters set along functional lines, the author begins with a roughly chronological treatise on the often-conflicting design decisions and questionable Army doctrine that guided the early development of U.S. armor. The discussion then continues, walking the reader up through the hard-learned lessons of combat and how the Army came to be the irresistible juggernaut that rolled across Europe and up the island chains of the Pacific. It is this style of writing that sets the book apart from encyclopedic tomes that make up similar works. The book is readable and filled with enough pictures and artwork to quickly move the reader through this substantial, yet fascinating subject.

Guerrilla Nightmare: Luftwaffe Stukas at War Against Tito’s Partisans in Yugoslavia, 1941-1945

Published: November 13th, 2018     
Guerrilla Nightmare: Luftwaffe Stukas at War Against Tito’s Partisans in Yugoslavia, 1941-1945
Author: Lovro Peršen and Mario Raguž
Reviewed by: Michael Reeves, IPMS# 51129
Company: Casemate Publishing

In most World War II publications, there is very little mention of the events surrounding the war activities occurring in the area in and around Yugoslavia. While the Luftwaffe did not have a dedicated permanent base, they were effective against the partisans that comprised the Communist-led resistance in occupied Yugoslavia led by Marshal Josip Broz Tito. For five long years, the Stuka units in Yugoslavia battled the partisans, considered by many to be Europe's most effective anti-Axis resistance movement in the war.

The book is arranged into twelve chapters which chronologically covers the various operations during the war. Coverage starts during the initial stages of the battles with Operation Marita in April of 1941. German, Italian, and Hungarian air forces banded together in the assault on Yugoslavia. Coverage continues with Operations Weiss and Schwarz (Case White and Black), the goals of which were to depose Tito and put an end to the partisan opposition. These battle instead proved to be a turning point towards partisan control of the country.

CN7: The Inside Story of Donald Campbell’s Last Land Speed Record Car

Published: November 13th, 2018     
CN7: The Inside Story of Donald Campbell’s Last Land Speed Record Car
Author: Donald Stevens
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Veloce Publishing

This is a reprint of the original edition first published in 2010 in Veloce's Classic Reprint Series. The author's biography is available on the Veloce website above and is as follows: "Donald Stevens was born in the East End of London, but grew up in Haywards Heath, the Sussex market town to which he was evacuated in 1939. In his early teenage years he became fascinated by aeroplanes and other machines, and on leaving school began training as a mechanical engineer. At 19, he joined the newly-formed design consultancy Norris Brothers Ltd as its first employee and became a member of the design team for Donald Campbell's Bluebird hydroplane (K7). Following National Service in the RAF, Donald became project coordinator for the design and construction of the Bluebird car. This is his first book." I was unable to locate if Donald Stevens has written any subsequent books, but you can see Donald on youtube.com discussing this book.