- Series: Aircraft of the Aces (Book 6)
- Paperback: 100 pages
- Publisher: Osprey Publishing (September 11, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1855325187
- ISBN-13: 978-1855325180
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.2 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #567,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Osprey's Aircraft of the Aces series combines full colour artwork, the best archival contemporary photography, and first hand accounts from aces to bring history's greatest airborne conflicts to life.
About the Author
Arguably the finest profile artist in the business, John Weal's love of German aircraft makes his work a treat for students of the subject. He has written several Aces volumes, and two books on the JU 87 in the companion series Combat Aircraft.
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This is the first of John Weals' books on German aviation--and he has done a good job! I was pleased on the in-depth information and firsthand accounts about/by the aces. Color plates are well drawn and plentiful of the Fw-190 types, (plus 6 aces). At 85 pages (minus appendices) this book is not small, so you will have plenty of facts and knowledge by the time you are done with this book. Lots of pictures of aces--even Hans-Ulrich Rudel (downed 11 aircraft, destroyed 519 tanks, 70 landing craft, 2 cruisers, 1 destroyer and the Russian battleship `Marat'!!). Also a lot of information and firsthand accounts of/by top Austrian ace Walter Nowotny!
As an equal historian and model builder, I would not have purchased this book at the $16.00 discount price if I knew it lacked the color profiles. I have other book references about these Aces in greater detail including black & white pictures. Two star loss for me without color profiles, what could have been a paperback book at $8.
The book's weak points stem from its strengths, it emphasis on low level stories. In other words the main weakness is that it lacks an analysis and discussion, on a high level, regarding the performance of the Aces and the aircraft on this front. For example, why were so few pilots able to achieve such great success? Was it experience? Poor Soviet training? A target rich environment? Superior aircraft and training? How important was German ground support relative to Soviet? In other words, what macro factors contributed so much to this success?
This book offers an excellent overview of the operating and handling characteristics of the FW-190. And it also provides interesting accounts by some of the pilots who flew the FW-190 on the Ostfront.