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  • Series: Duel (Book 39)
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (September 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849084734
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849084734
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.3 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,144,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dmitriy Khazanov is one of Russia's leading experts on the history of Soviet aviation in World War 2. He has written 15 books and a great number of articles, which have been published in Russia, the UK, Germany, Finland, France and Japan. Aleksandr Medved is a retired air force colonel who has written 11 books and a number of articles on the history of Soviet and foreign combat aircraft development in World War 2. Khazanov and Medved have previously co-written a handful of monographs on subjects such as MiG-3 Fighter, Pe-2 Dive-Bomber and Er-2 Long-Range Bomber.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By WryGuy2 TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 13, 2011
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"La-5/7 vs Fw 190: Eastern Front 1942-45 (Duel)", by Dmitriy Khazanov and Aleksandr Medved, is a book in the Osprey Duel format that compares the Lavochkin La-5 and it's derivative, the La-7, against the Folke Wolf Fw 190A and its various sub-models over the Eastern Front during WW II. The duel format is typically 80 pages long, and presents an analysis of the factors ... human, mechanical, and tactical ... of the two weapons systems being compared, describes how the weapons were developed and utilized, and includes drawings, photographs, and illustrations.

One of the reasons I bought this book is because while coverage of the Fw 190 is fairly common, there aren't many books in English that go into much detail about Soviet fighters such as the La 5/7, and I wanted to learn more. The authors do an excellent job of setting the stage and covering the development of Soviet fighter from it's initial prototype, the I-301, through the LaGG 1 and LaGG 3 fighters, to the more refined and deadly La-5 and La-7. Coverage of the development of the Fw 190 is also good. The authors effectively summarize the different sub-models of both fighters, giving good basic information of the differences between them.

They also provide worthwhile information on the strategic situation and on pilot training. The section on combat, which provides useful comparisons and contrasts between the La-5/7 and the Fw 190, is more written from the Soviet point of view, although there are good anecdotes from both sides. The book closes with some statistical analysis and an aftermath, along with a list of books for further reading and an index. The pictures, illustrations, and diagrams were top notch.

Although I enjoyed the book and learned much about the La fighters, I do have some nits to pick.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. A Forczyk VINE VOICE on October 27, 2011
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Although Osprey has a couple of Ace-series titles on Eastern Front air combat, La-5/7 vs. Fw 190 is the first entry into the Duel series and it is an attractive, interesting volume. The scope of this volume is essentially from January 1943 to April 1945 and focuses on the aerial duel between various models of the Soviet La-5/7 fighter and the German Fw-190. In general, the Lavochkin fighters usually had a 2-1 or better numerical advantage over the Fw-190s in their sector, although the authors note the Luftwaffe pilots maintained a skill advantage up to early 1944. These are two very interesting fighters and the authors use this `glitz' factor to full advantage in their narrative, drawing readers in to see how many La-5/7s the out-numbered Fw-190s can hold off before the Luftwaffe completely loses its control over the skies on the Eastern Front. There is a lot of good information in this volume, with excellent photographs and overall, it is a good value for money. The only weakness in this volume are a certain level of disorganization between sections and insufficient analysis in determining which weapon system `won' the duel.

After a short introduction, the authors begin with the design and development of each aircraft. Some interesting points are made about how the LaGG (the original designation for the Lavochkin fighter) was designed with the strategic war economy in mind; instead of using short-supply aluminum like the MiG and Yak design bureaus, Lavochkin decided in 1940 to build his fighter out of a special type of treated plywood. Another interesting point is the Soviets decided to spread LaGG fighter production across five plants, which reduced the amount of disruption caused by the German invasion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Slava on February 10, 2013
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Interestingly enough, both fighters were born by lack of the liquid-cooled engine availability. On the German side it was a fear of RLM's Technical Department that production and delivery schedules of the Bf-109's engine could be placed in jeopardy if it were also to be selected to power a second fighter from a back-up program. On the Soviet side if ill fated LaGG-3 would be phased out of production and replaced with Yak-7B in the Gor'kiy Plant No 21 it could not help with Klimov liquid-cooled engine shortage which was also used in Pe-2 bomber. Moreover, with such replacement Yakovlev would have monopolized all fighter production during WWII without any meaningful alternative! Arkadiy Shvetsov, Chif Designer of the Perm's engine plant No 19 producing the M-82 was concerned at the lack of demand for the engine. Hundreds were in storage and only small batch had been mounted on Sukhoi SU-2 short range bombers, which was about to phase out of production mostly due to the low battle survivability.

Because of the fear that the removal of the LaGG-3 from production would occur before the combined team could design, build and test the new aircraft, the effort should be concentrated on installing the M-82 in the airframe of the production aircraft, which would also minimize overall fighters discrepancy production. Many thoughts that this idea was impractical because of the diameter of the M-82 engine was 460 mm (18 in) wider compared to the maximum cross section of the LaGG-3 fuselage. Moreover M-82 was 250 kg (551 lb) heavier than Klimov M-105P engine, which means that aircraft center of gravity would change... It should be pointed out that in the aircraft industry this modification in such a hassle is extremely risky.
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