Polish Air Force 1939 Book Review
By Ray Mehlberger
|Date of Review||April 2010||Title||Polish Air Force 1939|
|Author||Andrzej Glass & Tomasz J. Kopanski||Publisher||Mushroom Model Publications/Stratus|
|Format||320 pages, softbound||MSRP (BP)||£24.99 (about $42.35 USD)|
Stratus is a publishing company based in Sandomierz, Poland. They are partners with Mushroom Model Publications (MMP) based in the UK. MMP has their books printed by Stratus in English. This book is a purely Stratus one and in English. The book is soft cover in a 11 ¾” x 8 ¼” page format (close to letter stationary size) and 320 pages long.
In this book, two noted Polish aviation historians take a close look at the Polish Air Force in 1939, at the time of the German attack. As very few photographs exist of the PAF from just before the war (only 20 are known), this book makes use of the many photos taken by the German invaders. It is helpful to obtain a close and detailed view of the markings applied to Polish aircraft at the time. The book says that it also helps with the colors of Polish aircraft. However, no color appears anywhere in the book and determining a color from black and white photos is extremely difficult. There is to be a volume 2 with this same title, so maybe color will appear in that volume.
The book does not have a lot of text. It is mostly photos with captions. No fewer than 572 black and white photos fill this book. 32 of these are aerial shots of Polish air fields and cities. The aircraft pictured are mostly in wrecked conditions. There are also 3 data lists and 28 maps included.
The book describes the organization of the PAF in September of 1939, the wartime dispersal and the fate of all the airfields and landing grounds during the campaign. The story covers operational, training and civil aircraft, and shows the sad fate of so many of these fascinating aircraft. Volume two will later continue this detailed coverage.
This will be an invaluable reference source for anyone interested in the Polish campaign, aircraft enthusiasts, historians and modelers.