- File Size: 4301 KB
- Print Length: 224 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: German War Machine; 1 edition (December 1, 2014)
- Publication Date: December 1, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00QHC86QU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,350,316 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Hitler's Stuka Squadrons (Classic Texts) Kindle Edition
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I would much rather have preferred more information on notables such as Rudel, Nordmann and Plenzat among others.
The photographs are all very good and many I have never seen before.
After discussing the development of dive-bombing in the inter-war years, especially in Germany, author John Ward relates the Stuka's role in the early Blitzkreig campaigns followed by the Battle of Britain, the invasion of Russia, service in the Med and final battles in the East and West.
Ward provides much background information on the various land, air and sea battles Germany waged and therein lies the problem, as I see it. Ward provides so much backstory that the Stuka becomes a secondary player in its own life-story! Then too the narrative would have benefitted from more first-hand narratives from Stuka aircrew. I did though enjoy the five page appendix on notable Stuka aircrew and commanders.
The text is illustrated with over 160 black & white and color photographs, 11 color profiles and a color cutaway of a Dora-model Stuka.
Stuka enthusiasts will want to take a look at Ward's book. They may love it but, for me, it was a case of too much background, too little Stuka!
Better chronicles of the Ju 87 at war include Peter C. Smith's recent two-volume Junkers 87 set for Classic Publications and his Stuka book published by Crowood Aviation.