Dive Bomber and Ground Attack Units of the Luftwaffe 1933-45 Volume 2 Book Review
|Date of Review||June 2013||Title||Dive Bomber and Ground Attack Units of the Luftwaffe 1933-45 Volume 2|
|Author||Henry L. de Zeng IV and Douglas G. Stankey||Publisher||Classic Publications|
|Format||400 pages, hardbound||MSRP (GBP)||£55.00|
This heavily illustrated, annotated account proceeds, unit-by-unit, through over 50 Luftwaffe formations – Stuka, ground-attack, night-harassment, staff, specialist and anti-armor.
Contents begin with prefatory remarks and notes on "conventions used in this book" – titles, measurements, "mini-histories", notations, names, dates and commanders. And a helpful glossary and overview of unit nomenclature and organization follow.
With rare exceptions, CLASSIC's coverage courses from 1943 through war's end in 1945. And text traverses all Nazi German dive-bombing and ground-attack assets – Ju 87s, Fw 190s, Hs 129s and, surprisingly, Bf 110s, Fw 190 Ds, Hs 123 Bs and assorted second-line types.
I especially enjoyed details of Nachtschlachtgruppen (NSGr) and their antecedents. With motley medleys of sundry senescent machines – like Ar 66s, Go 145s, Fw 58s, He 46s, and even C.R.42s and Fokker C-VEs – they've always remained personal favorites. Rash, last-ditch Luftwaffe Panzerjägerstaffeln with Panzerfäuste-armed Bücker Bü 181s proved equally engaging. CLASSIC never disappoints!
Biographies of key personalities – including notables like the legendary Hans-Ulrich Rudel – season this superb study. Dozens of black-and-white and color photos further flavor CLASSIC's fulsome feast. Archival, unpublished and published sources salt chapter endnotes.
A concluding "treatise" also summarizes Luftwaffe ground-attack operations. Appendices recap unit codes and armament details. And five full indices complete contents.
What a spectacular volume! This exhaustive effort belongs in the libraries of all WWII aviation aficionados. I loved it.
My sincere thanks to Ian Allan Publishing for this review sample!