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Ju 88 Aces of World War 2

Ju 88 Aces of World War 2 Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review February 2019 Title Ju 88 Aces of World War 2
Author Robert Forsyth Publisher Osprey Publishing
Published 2019 ISBN 9781472829214
Format 96 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $24.00

Review

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!