Hurricane I vs. Bf 110 - 1940

Published: February 1st, 2011     
Book cover
Book cover
Author: Tony Holmes, Cover Art by Gareth Hector
Reviewed by: Perry Downen - IPMS# 44000
ISBN #: 978-1-84603-945-4
Other Publication Information: Soft cover; December 2010; 80 pages
Price: $17.95
Product / Stock #: Duel 29
Product provided by: Osprey Publishing

In the early months of WWII much of the air war in Western Europe and Southern England was carried on between Spitfires, Hurricanes and Bf 109s. Having gained a degree of success over Poland, Norway and France, German introduced its "heavy fighter," the Bf 110 Zerstorr, into the fray. The story of how the Hurricane in particular bested the highly touted twin-engine fighter is covered in this book.

This soft bound 7-1/4" X 9-3/4" book consists of 80 pages.

The book contains numerous black and white period photographs. Each photograph is accompanied by a block of text explaining the action or activity seen. Artist Jim Laurier has provided full-color three-view, cockpit drawings and armament views of the two planes. The quality of this artwork is excellent. The cockpit drawings have each instrument, handle, lever, and switch numbered and identified.

The table of contents contains:

  • Introduction
  • Chronology
  • Design and development
  • The Strategic Situation
  • Technical Specifications
  • The Combatants
  • Combat
  • Statistics and Analysis
  • Conclusion
  • Further Reading

For each aircraft, the reader will find a chronology, a discussion of the design and evolution of usage, detailed specifications, unit organization, and stories of the aces that flew the aircraft. These are just a few of the interesting topics the author covers in this thoroughly interesting book.

Hurricane I vs. Bf 110 -1940 is a great book for the modeler and historian alike. The photographs and drawings are a good resource for modeling and possible dioramas. It could be an inexpensive and valuable addition to any book collection on WWII aircraft. It is easy for me to give this book a "Must Have" rating.

My sincere thanks go to Osprey Publishing for providing this wonderful book toIPMS/USA and to IPMS/USA for allowing me to review it.

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