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In Defence of the Reich

In Defence of the Reich Book Review

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review May 2011 Title In Defence of the Reich
Author Maciej Goralczyk and Janusz Swistion Publisher Kagero
Published 2011 ISBN 978-83-61220-83-1
Format 18 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $19.95 (approximate)


Kagero is a prolific publisher of great military historical references, especially in World War II military aviation. This latest release is out of a series (new to me) that is subtitled 'mini TOPCOLORS' with this one being number 20 in the series. These titles contain a number of nicely detailed four-view color profiles of selected subjects that no doubt come from their research of other titles. What's especially nice about these series is that Kagero provides decals for each of the subjects covered in this title in all three 'standard' scales: 1/32, 1/48, and 1/72.

This title covers Luftwaffe fighters assigned to the air defense (defense of the Reich) mission with eight examples portrayed. These include:

  • Bf 109G-6, Yellow 5, 8./JG 11, Oldenburg, 1943
  • Bf 109G-6/R6, Red 12, 2./JG 300, Bonn-Hangelar, 1943
  • Bf 109G-6, Kommodore JG 1, Gruhno, 1944
  • Bf 109G-14/AS, White 1, 10./JG 300, Jueterbog/Waldlager, 1944
  • Fw 190A-7, White 8, 4./JG 1, Rheine, 1944
  • Fw 190A-7, White 7, 7./JG 11, Oldenburg, 1944
  • Fw 190A-8, Yellow 7, 3./JG 1, Bad Lippspringe, 1944
  • Fw 190A-8, Yellow 17, 6./JG 300, Loebnitz, 1944


The descriptions of each subject is provided in English and Polish and these color profiles are very nicely done. The decals are printed by Cartograf so you know the quality is there as well.

With distinctive subjects each in all three scales, the modeler can have a nicely produced reference AND decals all for about the same price the average decal sheet these days.

My sincere thanks to Kagero for this review sample!