The publisher has established a number of series of books featuring many rare photographs and these have become very popular with an expanding readership, beyond the original target of historians, professionals and military enthusiasts. This new addition to popular the Air War Archive series is a worthy addition with some excellent photographs that have not been published before in books available to the general public – Highly Recommended.
NAME: Air War Archive, Dornier Do17, The Luftwaffe's 'Flying Pencil' Rare Luftwaffe Photographs From Wartime Collections FILE: R2682 AUTHOR: Chris Goss PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword, frontline books BINDING: soft back PAGES: 136 PRICE: £14.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War Two, Second World War, World War 2, Luftwaffe, Flying Pencil, Do17, Dornier, medium bombers, army support bombing ISBN: 1-84832-471-5 IMAGE: B2682.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/yanjol2k LINKS: DESCRIPTION: The publisher has established a number of series of books featuring many rare photographs and these have become very popular with an expanding readership, beyond the original target of historians, professionals and military enthusiasts. This new addition to popular the Air War Archive series is a worthy addition with some excellent photographs that have not been published before in books available to the general public – Highly Recommended. Following the established format, this book contains a wealth of illustration with original wartime b&w photographs from official and private archives. It is much more than a photo essay, containing a great deal of concise and well-written text that explains the strengths and weaknesses of the Do17. This aircraft is yet another example of how the Nazis underestimated Britain and France which resulted in them fighting the war five years ahead of the Nazi planned date. Having started on a false set of expectations, the Germans then seriously under estimated the US and the power of the Commonwealth. That in turn resulted in the Luftwaffe starting war with obsolescent aircraft that then had to be kept in production because heavy bombing by Allied aircraft made it increasingly difficult to set up production facilities to build advanced designs in the numbers needed to stem the Allied advances on all battle fronts. The Do17 was typical of the medium bombers produced by Britain and Germany in the mid 1930s. They were an enormous advance on the earlier biplane designs, but British fighter design and the British radar-based command and control network was advancing at a faster rate. The Do17 followed much the same layout as British Blenheims and Hampdens with the crew based close together and a totally inadequate defensive armament. This meant that for Do17s in combat with Hurricanes and Spitfires in 1940, these medium bombers were rarely able to lay more than a single rifle calibre machine-gun by hand with iron sights on the fighter, while the fighter was able to concentrate eight machine guns on the bomber using a reflex sight that made pilot and gun platform one integrated system. Do17s performed well in Poland in an environment where the Luftwaffe held air superiority. Their performance was less impressive in France where the handful of RAF Hurricanes mauled them, even without a radar command and control system. In the Battle of Britain, all German bombers suffered badly against an integrated command and control system that could place the best fighters in position to make the most effective use of their guns. The Do17 was simply outclassed in that environment but continued to be used because the Luftwaffe lacked credible alternatives. The aircraft soldiered on and a night fighter variant was employed as a stop-gap that served longer than expected. The basic design was also developed into new models because it was cheaper than completely replacing a very dated concept. The book contains a comprehensive selection of images, many of Do17s shot down in the theatres in which it operated.