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Sea Eagles Volume One

Sea Eagles Volume One Book Review

By Ray Mehlberger

Date of Review March 2007 Title Sea Eagles Volume One
Author Chris Goss Publisher Classic Publications
Published 2006 ISBN 1-903223-55-5
Format 96 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $29.95

Review

This new book forms one part of a comprehensive two-part study of the aircraft, camouflage, markings and operations of Luftwaffe’s anti-shipping units between 1939 and 1945.

The book is in a 11 ¾” x 8 7/8” soft-cover format of 96 pages.

Chapters in the book are on:

  • Early mine-laying operations
  • The war over the North Sea
  • Closing the English Channel
  • The Norwegian Campaign
  • The Battle of Britain
  • Torpedo-bomber operations
  • The Focke Wulf Condor and the Battle of the Atlantic
  • Attrition over the Bay of Biscay and the Mediterranean
  • Glider bombs
  • Long-range anti-shipping operations
  • Normandy

There are 159 black and white wartime photos and three color ones. Ten squadron badges are illustrated in full color. There is a map, showing an operational area and an illustration of an award certificate given to one of the Luftwaffe crews.

14 full color profile paintings grace the book. They are shown along with a photo of the actual aircrafts being illustrated. Aircraft covered are:

  • Ar 95A-1 & Fw 200 Condor
  • Do 18D
  • Do 217E
  • He 59B-2 and D versions
  • He 60B, C and D versions
  • He 111H-4 and H-6 versions
  • He 114A-2
  • He 115B-1 and C-1 versions
  • He 177V-6
  • Ju 88A-1 and A-4 versions

There is also a German propaganda poster on the last page of the book. There are numerous personal accounts, by Luftwaffe pilots that flew anti-shipping missions during the war.

This book is just one of numerous titles in this series of books. All are great reading and of value to historians, aircraft enthusiasts and aircraft modelers.

Highly recommended.

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