The Air War Series is building into an impressive visual source of military information and this new addition to the series is no exception, covering the famous FW 190. The selection of images cover the early years of this versatile combat aircraft that excelled as a fighter and as a ground attack aircraft in Europe and on the Eastern Front. – Highly Recommended
NAME: Air War Archive, Focke-Wulf Fw 190, The Early Years – Operations In The West , Rare Luftwaffe Photographs From Wartime Collections FILE: R2836 AUTHOR: Chris Goss PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword, frontline Books BINDING: soft back PAGES: 172 PRICE: £14.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: World War II, World War Two, World War 2, Second World War, dog fighting, air superiority, fighters, German Air Force, Luftwaffe, Kurt Tank, ground attack, fighter bomber, hit-and-run light bomber
IMAGE: B2836.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/y442mc7a LINKS: DESCRIPTION: The Air War Series is building into an impressive visual source of military information and this new addition to the series is no exception, covering the famous FW 190. The selection of images cover the early years of this versatile combat aircraft that excelled as a fighter and as a ground attack aircraft in Europe and on the Eastern Front. - Highly Recommended The FW 190 came as a surprise to the RAF when it appeared and decimated a Spitfire squadron. It was a significant step on from the Me 109 but it failed to replace that aircraft. Germany had made some fatal miscalculations that led to a war before the Nazis planned to be ready. In 1939, the Me 109, Me 110, and Ju87 were still capable aircraft but needing upgraded versions. The main bomber fleet was similarly at a stage requiring enhancement and was totally unsuitable for a major strategic bombing campaign against serious resistance. All of the projections assumed that war could be avoided in Europe before 1944 and would be assisted by the further slow expansion of Germany by swallowing up neighbours of increasing size. This meant that much was gambled on leaping forward from the aircraft, tanks, guns and ships of 1939 to dramatically more advanced equipment. As the war progressed and the Allies increased their strategic bombing of Germany, while tightening the blockade of Germany and Occupied Europe, obsolete and obsolescent equipment continued in production beyond its real working life. Promising new designs were often delayed to avoid interruption of war production of proven equipment. When new machines did eventually arrive, they were usually too late and too few. As the war progressed towards its end, even fuel and ammunition became problematic. The FW 190 was one of the exceptions where a significant advance was achieved in a timely manner. On introduction, the aircraft outclassed all other fighters, including Luftwaffe fighters. The advantage was fairly short lived and the Spitfire was rapidly upgraded to achieve advantage over the Focke-Wulf. The Fw 190 did continue to be an effective aircraft, and was certainly one of the most important fighters of WWII, but it was adapted to ground attack and for hit and run raids on Britain where it was primarily a fast bomber with limited payload that could get through defences that defeated other Luftwaffe fighters and bombers. The best years for the Fw-190 are those covered in this new book. There are some outstanding images that show the strengths and weaknesses well. There are good captions and extended captions in addition to concise text that introduces each part of the book.