Operation Torch Book Review
|Date of Review||October 2012||Title||Operation Torch|
|Format||72 pages, softbound||MSRP (BP)||£17.99|
Operation Torch – World War II's first large-scale Anglo-American amphibious action – remains one of aviation history's most colorful chapters. And the latest installment from AIRfile Publications brilliantly – and literally – illustrates this.
Operation Torch – The Invasion of French North Africa November to December 1942 expertly traces all apposite aerial operations.
Author Robinson smoothly moves from a useful overview through sections on Vichy French, Fleet Air Arm, U.S. Navy, Royal Air Force and USAAF assets to concluding Axis coverage – German and Italian.
The amply illustrated effort sports dozens of color profiles in large, softbound format. Each caption details aircraft type, serial, unit, location, date and comments. All prove inspirational – and some downright gaudy!
But unlike the publisher's evocative RAF Trainers Volume 1 — 1918-1945, captions lack helpful photo reference citations. I also preferred more specific markings detail – like insignia and code sizes. Fact-check those Macchi C. 202 "smoke ring" and Savoia-Marchetti S.84 schemes. And the aspect ratio of those Vichy Hawk 75 profiles looks somewhat suspicious.
But I quibble. AIRlife's latest packs plenty into one handy, helpful tome. Consider it a terrific springboard for further study, project planning, "theme" builds and group activities. Operation Torch certainly roused my modeling muse!
My sincere thanks to AIRfile Publications for this review sample!