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Henschel HS 129 in action - Aircraft No. 176 Paperback – July, 2001


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  • Series: Aircraft in Action
  • Paperback: 50 pages
  • Publisher: Squadron/Signal Publications; 1st edition (July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897474287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897474283
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,889,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael OConnor TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
The Henschel 129 existed solely to make things burn, blow up and bleed. The heavily-armored tank-buster saw extensive combat from 1942 to 1945 in Russia and North Africa. The service life of the squat, slab-sided Hs 129 is the subject of this 2001 Squadron/Signal book by Denes Bernad.

In 1937 the Luftwaffe issued a spec for a small, twin-engined, close air support aircraft equipped with 20mm cannons, heavy machine guns and bombs. Though Henschel won, it's first production model - the inline-engined Hs 129A - was rejected by the Luftwaffe who ordered the aircraft re-equipped with radial engines. Thus re-designed, the Hs 129B went to war in spring 1942. Initially mounting with two 7.92 mg's and two 20mm cannons, the aircraft later carried a 30mm, 37mm or 75mm cannon. The aircraft was quite effective as a tank-buster, killing many enemy tanks but also suffering heavy losses.

Bernad's book is an excellent introduction to this largely unheralded warbird. The technical development of the Hs 129 is comprehensively covered as is its combat usage with Luftwaffe and Rumanian units. Over 120 photographs are included along with aircraft plan-views, scrap views of weapons, engines, etc. and two pages of Don Greer color profiles.

All in all, HENSCHEL Hs 129 IN ACTION is a great, inexpensively-priced summary of one of the Luftwaffe's workhorses. The Hs 129 may not been as glamorous as the Bf 109 but at low-level over the Russian steppes, its combination of heavy armament and heavy armor protection made it one of the Luftwaffe's most effective aircraft. Recommended.

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For what is probably the definitive history of the Hs 129, see Bernad's 2007 HENSCHEL Hs 129 (MILITARY AIRCRAFT IN DETAIL) volume from Midland Publishing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By cpt matt VINE VOICE on December 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
If the US A-10 Warthog had a granfather, this might have been it. Slow, ugly, but very efficient, this German WW2 plane was dedicated to ground support, and like the modern A-10, had a 30mm cannon on board. Just over 1,160 of these planes were built. Several interesting things about this Close Air Support plane: It used captured French engines, the cockpit was so small that some of the instruments were located on the engine nacelles, and had an armour 'tub' built around the pilot to protect during straffing runs.

The narrative is concise, informative. Plenty of B&W photos that show the Hs-129 in North Africa and the Eastern Front under all kinds of conditions. Line drawings show the changes in each of the versions as the play developed. 2 pages of color plates to show the paint scehemes used help modelers.

This plane may not have been a "war winner" but it is certainly intersting in the history of ground attack planes, German Aviation. I highly recommend this book for modelers, and anyone interested in this aspect of air-ground warfare.
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By ASM on July 9, 2014
Format: Paperback
Squadron as we have learned to love them in the good old days. Excellent coverage of a rarely seen topic. We should be grateful.
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