Day Fighter Aces of the Luftwaffe 1939-1942

Published: October 24th, 2020     
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Reviewed by: Hub Plott - IPMS# 31328
ISBN #: 978-1-61200-848-6
Other Publication Information: 128 pages, 167 B&W and 11 color photos and 9 color profiles
Price: $24.95
Product provided by: Casemate Publishers

This book is from the Men, Battles, and Weapons series. It has 10 chapters after a timeline and introduction. The book is profusely illustrated including a few rare color photos.

Chapter one covers the Polish Campaign and the Phony war as well as early success by Galland and Pingle. Chapter two covers the war in the west. Chapter three by far the book's largest at 21 pages covers the war over England in 1940. Chapter 4 is the lead up to Barbarossa. Chapter 5 covers the Barbarossa campaign and the 5046 claimed Luftwaffe victories between 6/22 and 9/30/1941. Chapter 6 covers the 1941 battles in Africa. Chapter 7 returns us to over the English Channel in 1941 with the last 3 chapters covering the Eastern front, over the West and the Mediterranean respectively. The book concludes with an afterward where there is discussion of the concentration on victories, promotions and honors, then the usual glossary, bibliography and index.

The text is well written and provides an enlightening look into the early days of Luftwaffe aces. The real treasure of this book is the many photographs including some very rare color ones a few nice color profiles round out the presentation. If you are interested in WWII, the Luftwaffe, Aces or aircraft you will find something of interest in this book at a very reasonable price!

My thanks to Casemate for the review copy and my thanks to IPMS/USA for the review opportunity.

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