Air War Archive, Junkers Ju 88, The Early Years – Blitzkrieg to the Blitz, Rare Luftwaffe Photographs From Wartime Collections

This new addition to the very popular Air War Archive series follows the established pattern of concise text, captions, extended captions and lavish illustration. The subject was one of the most important German aircraft of WWII but one that is difficult to place within the many different aircraft types – Very Highly Recommended.


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NAME: Air War Archive, Junkers Ju 88, The Early Years – Blitzkrieg 
to the Blitz, Rare Luftwaffe Photographs From Wartime Collections
FILE: R2618
AUTHOR: Chris Goss
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: soft back
PAGES:  147
PRICE: £14.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWII, World War II, World War 2, Second World War, dive 
bomber, medium bomber, ground attack, anti-shipping bomber, UAV, 
Luftwaffe, Multi-Role Combat Aircraft, MRCA, twin engine warplane

ISBN: 1-84832-475-8

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DESCRIPTION: This new addition to the very popular Air War Archive 
series follows the established pattern of concise text, captions, 
extended captions and lavish illustration. The subject was one of 
the most important German aircraft of WWII but one that is difficult 
to place within the many different aircraft types – Very Highly 
Recommended.

The timing of WWII was not of Germany's intentional making. Hitler 
always considered that he would eventually dominate Europe as a 
condition of invading the Soviet Union and making it an area of 
colonial expansion, or Living Space. He also considered that it 
would become necessary to invade and conquer the United States. 
He hoped that much of this expansion of German interest and rule 
would be achieved without having to fight on the battlefield. His 
early success in ignoring France and Britain and expanding into 
neighbouring territory encouraged a belief that he would achieve 
such a dominant position that he would be able to force treaties 
on France and Britain before marching his troops into the Soviet 
Union. That belief created the environment in which the Germans 
re-armed and began a long term development of weapons for use in 
1944-45 or later.

The result was that the first wave of Luftwaffe equipment saw a 
concentration on first generation metal monoplanes that were 
primarily intended to support advancing Panzer Armies and bombard 
fixed points of military or civilian occupation. The tactics were 
rehearsed in Spain during the Spanish Civil War and included the 
terror bombing of Guernica. As the Germans faced no direct and 
equal opposition in the air in Spain, and a similar situation 
applied during the invasion of Poland, there was nothing to dispute 
the belief in Germany invincibility.

The Ju 87 Stuka was already obsolescent in 1939, but continued to 
build its myth until it faced the RAF in the opening stage of the 
Battle of Britain. The Ju 88 was intended as a replacement for the 
Ju 87 and several other German bomber aircraft. It was a significant 
advance, proving fast enough to elude most fighters at the beginning 
of the war. Unlike the Stuka, the Ju 88 was a medium bomber that 
could also be used effectively as a dive bomber, but its primary 
duty was still considered to be the support of the German Army in 
the field.

Like the other German bomber designs, the Ju 88 accommodated a small 
crew close together in the nose of the aircraft, with manually 
operated single rifle calibre machine guns. Unlike the early designs, 
such as the Do 17 and He 111, the Ju 88 did have a much more 
effective performance and flexibility that made it suitable to be 
adapted to take on different roles, eventually being pressed into 
service as a night fighter. As a result, it has been compared to the 
RAF Mosquito, although the Mosquito was in a class of its own, easy 
to equip for one role and rapidly be re-equipped for a different role, 
able to operate at very high speed and high altitude or undertake 
very fast low level sorties. Unlike the Ju88, the Mosquito had a two 
man crew and a heavy cannon and machine gun armament in the nose, 
fired by the pilot

The author has provided an effective history of the early years of 
the Ju 88 and the selection of photographs is first rate.