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Morane Saulnier MS.406: France 1940

Morane Saulnier MS.406: France 1940 Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review December 2019 Title Morane Saulnier MS.406: France 1940
Author Bartlomiej Belcarz Publisher Mushroom Model Publications
Published 2019 ISBN 9788365958327
Format 80 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $25.00

Review

Hard to believe.

Over 80 years since the start of World War II’s “Blitzkrieg Era” – and publishers still unearth new battlefield photos.

Exhibit A: Morane Saulnier MS.406: France 1940 – fourteenth in MMP’s riveting “Camera ON” range.

Tapping archival and private sources, the slim, heavily illustrated volume showcases snapshots – most previously unpublished – of, numerically speaking, France’s most important WWII fighter.

Author Bartlomiej Belcarz serves-up 80 pages of intriguing Morane shots. In service. In defeat. And in detail.

I estimate well over 100.

How about that cover image showing painted-over canopy sections? Or that MS.450 extrapolation in camouflage? Or that stunning “ARAA Clermont” scheme on No. 408 (N826)?

With all those shots of German troops around warplane wrecks, diorama prospects also abound!

Captions include notes on locations, dates, livery, and units. MMP’s picture-packed study sports arresting insights, helpful details, and canny commentary. As the late, great historian Gaston Botquin once quipped, “Morane-o-maniacs” like me will love it!

Robustly recommended!

With thanks to Casemate for the review copy.

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