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Product Details

  • Series: Duel (Book 35)
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (May 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849084718
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849084710
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.2 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,094,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...the author takes a look at the design and development of both of the weapons systems, then looks at the strategic situation in which these weapons found themselves during the war. There is a section on the technical specifications of the systems, followed by a piece on the training of the combatants. Much of the book then goes on to detail the combat action between the two forces, following up with an analysis of the event and what came afterwards. All of this is superbly illustrated with maps, cutaways, and period photographs, making this edition a must-have for those interested in the combat capabilities of these two machines."
--Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness 

"...provides a fine survey of combat aircraft used in Vietnam ... unpublished documentation and photos from North Vietnamese sources provide additional, rare references suitable for any military collection strong in Vietnam military history."
--The Midwest Book Review (August 2011)

"...makes an unusual but fascinating "Duel" subject that should appeal to more than just Vietnam veterans."
--Jon Guttman, Vietnam (August 2011)

"Davies, using first-hand interviews given by US pilots and North Vietnamese missile technicians, separates the interweaving histories of each system into clear and concise segments – while illustrating the dramatic encounters between American aircrews and Hanoi defenders."
--Rachel E. Veres, www.cybermodeler.com

About the Author

Peter Davies is based in Bristol and has written or co-written nine books on modern American combat aircraft, including the standard reference work on US Navy and Marine Corps Phantom II operations, Gray Ghosts.

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Individual stories provide interest and they are tied to photographs.
Motown
Being an Osprey book that's constructed well, Mr. Davies packs a lot of information in each chapter on system performance, crew training, doctrine, and operations.
N. Trachta
This excellent volume is also complemented by numerous photos, many in color, and cutaway diagrams.
R. A Forczyk

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R. A Forczyk VINE VOICE on June 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
As an author of four existing volumes in Osprey's DUEL series, I can say that Peter Davies' recent contribution, F-105 Wild Weasel vs. SA-2 Guideline SAM, Vietnam 1965-73, is one of the best volumes in the series. This volume is very well-written, well-researched, persuasively argued and presents a plethora of fresh information, from both sides of the battlefield. Unlike many recent titles about Mideast Wars that tend to present only the Israeli side of a `duel,' Davies provides considerable input from the North Vietnamese side of the battle. Nor does the author skimp on analysis; he presents the numbers and then crunches them to determine their meaning. This excellent volume is also complemented by numerous photos, many in color, and cutaway diagrams. Overall, a superb piece of military history writing.

The volume begins with the author laying out the genesis of the aerial duel over North Vietnam in 1965, as North Vietnam received its first SA-2 Guideline surface-to-air (SAM) missiles from the Soviet Union. Within three months, the North Vietnamese shot down a US fighter with an SA-2, prompting the US Air Force to develop a counter to this deadly enemy weapon system. A small detachment of F-105 fighters was selected for conversion to Wild Weasels, equipped with jamming pods and anti-radiation missiles (ARMs) to counter the SA-2 sites, which were proliferating rapidly in North Vietnam. A very good 14-page design and development section discusses the evolution of the F-105 and SA-2 weapon systems. There is a fair amount of cutting edge information in this section.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By N. Trachta on July 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
Osprey's Duel Series has been a rather hit and miss; depending on the author and the focus of the matter being presented these can be hits (Panther vs. Sherman) or misses (M3 vs. Mark III). When I saw that Osprey was coming out with one on F-105 Wild Weasels vs. SA-2 I had to get this one because I have a special love for the Thud (F-105 Thunderchief: Workhorse of the Vietnam War) and the game the Weasels played.

Ok, I'll open by saying Osprey did a nice job with this one; Osprey should take note of how good this one is and have writers who want to do a duel series book read thru it to see what a focused look at two systems that competed against each should look like. Formatting follows Osprey's Duel Series pattern; describe the environment (Design and Development and the Strategic Situation), technical specifications, the combatants, and combat and performance (statistics and aftermath). Each section builds the story of the battle between Weasels and SAMs from introduction thru the end of the war (the Aftermath section covers both systems but failed to do justice to the Weasels and the SEAD mission). Being an Osprey book that's constructed well, Mr. Davies packs a lot of information in each chapter on system performance, crew training, doctrine, and operations. Interestingly the weakest chapter was the combat section (in Mr. Davies defense he'd mention combat throughout the book; I just wish Mr. Davies had had two strong examples of combat between Weasels and SA-2s). As usual with Osprey books there's photos and drawings throughout; many were unique (to me).
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The Osprey "Duel" series generally serves to introduce and contextualize important opponents from various conflicts. With "F-105 Wild Weasel vs SA-2 'Guideline' SAM: Vietnam 1965-73," Peter Davies has written one of the stronger volumes in the series, and it serves as an excellent introduction to Weasel versus SAM development, tactics, implementation, and combat in a very user-friendly and readable format. I appreciated that Davies went to great effort to explain key developments including the origins and evolution of the F-105 and SA-2 series weapon systems, and their ancillary equipment (radar, ECM, etc.)

The book is quite well illustrated, though many of the illustrations appear randomly placed in the book with the captions having little to do with the subject under discussion on the pages. I was especially pleased to see the detailed SA-2 illustrations (especially the "Fan Song" interior on p. 54.) I was puzzled to see the generally excellent depiction of the front cockpit of the F-105G with quite good legend on pp. 58-59, but was annoyed by the inexplicable absence of an equivalent illustration of the rear EWO cockpit: that's the thing that made the "G" model most unique, after all. I thought the first half of the book was strongest, but the second half was not quite as polished. I found in particular the "Statistics and Analysis" and "Aftermath" chapters to be fairly cursory, and really didn't think the F-105 and Weasel programs got enough credit for developing current SEAD methodologies and equipment. The inset box on pp.
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