Ju 88 Aces of World War 2 Book Review
|Date of Review||February 2019||Title||Ju 88 Aces of World War 2|
|Author||Robert Forsyth||Publisher||Osprey Publishing|
|Format||96 pages, softbound||MSRP (USD)||$24.00|
Schnellbomber or Wunderbomber.
At time of introduction, the Junkers Ju 88 ranked among the world's most advanced medium bombers. But by World War II's end, Nazi Germany's amazingly adaptable aircraft had ably fulfilled more than just bombardment roles.
Now Robert Forsyth underscores the warplane's legendary versatility in Ju 88 Aces of World War 2 – 133rd in Osprey's vast "Aircraft of the Aces" range.
Spanning six chapters, Osprey's slim, 96-page study actually surveys the sweep of total Ju 88 capabilities – not just of fighter operations.
Interceptor and intruder versions. Bomber and reconnaissance aircraft. Even anti-shipping and mine-laying platforms. In fact, just 10 of 30 color profiles depict dedicated fighters.
Forsyth also includes exciting action accounts, absorbing anecdotes, and notes on key personalities – Luftwaffe and other. Even actor Leslie Howard merits mention.
In short, Osprey really recaps Ju 88's total tale. That's the value of this useful little introduction.
Dozens of period shots with extended, explanatory captions augment the account. And color plate commentary, sources summary, and index wrap things up.
Just, please, someone tell Osprey authors that a colon (:) – not a semicolon (;) – properly precedes body quotes!
My sincere thanks to Osprey Publishing for this review sample!