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P-47 Thunderbolt vs Bf 109G/K: Europe 1943-45 (Duel) Paperback – August 19, 2008
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“In all, an excellent addition to what has become a popular series. I know you will enjoy it as much as did I.” ―Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness (September 2008)
“...this collection of first-hand accounts from the fighters is a pick for any military library.” ―California Bookwatch (November 2008)
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The first 25 pages of the volume cover the design and development of each aircraft and the technical characteristics of the numerous variants. In short, these sections are detailed but a bit bland. I was also surprised that there was no discussion of protection (armor, self-sealing gas tanks, etc), since clearly the larger P-47 could absorb more damage than the Bf 109. Digital artwork includes color 3-view (top, side, front) plates of each aircraft and color plates depicting their armament.Read more ›
It is, as is apparently intended, an easy read, just the thing for an evening's reading. Don't expect anything deep and you will enjoy it.
The P-47 and the Bf 109 were the most numerous fighters fielded by their respective air force during the conflict in Europe. In the case of the Bf 109, it was arguably the most effective all-around German fighter. The P-47, although a workhorse with a great engine and lots of versatility, is not generally considered the best American fighter. That honor is usually accorded to the P-51 Mustang, with its longer range and better air-to-air capabilities. The duel described in this book is therefore very interesting but somehow not the expected match-up. That said, Bowman and his illustrators make a good presentation on the two aircraft, including their development and technical specifications, the strategic situation in which they were used, and their combat tactics. The narrative is enhanced by an excellent collection of photographs, illustrations, maps, and graphics.
The author never really quite gets to the results of head-to-head combat between the two aircraft, as other Duel Series entries have done. Those results would perhaps have been stilted by the loss of experienced German pilots by war's end, and by the presence of the P-51. That omission aside, this is still an interesting and readable book and recommended to students of the air war in Europe.
Part of Osprey's DUEL series, Bowman's book, published in 2008, includes the expected mix of aircraft design and development, tech specs, training, etc. When it starts into the 'Combat' and 'Statistics and Analysis' sections however, it starts to meander and ends up presenting material on P-47s and Bf 109s in non-Defense of the Reich ops!
Like other DUEL volumes, Bowman's book has a pleasing mix of b&w pix, color three-views and battle scenes.
One of the earlier DUEL titles, P-47 THUNDERBOLT VS BF 109G/K lacks the locked-in focus of later titles. It's an OK effort but could have been much more. Your call, folks.
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