Luftwaffe at War, Stukas over the Mediterranean 1940-1945

The publisher has produced a number of series based on rare wartime images. The ‘Luftwaffe at War’ is one of these very popular series. The text is clear and concise, but the great strengths are in the aggressive pricing and the fine quality of the images, in this case including full colour images – Strongly Recommended.


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NAME: Luftwaffe at War, Stukas over the Mediterranean 1940-1945
FILE: R2496
AUTHOR: Peter C Smith
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: soft back 
PAGES: 72
PRICE: £12.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Second World War, WWII, World War Two, World War 2, dive 
bombing, ground attack, anti-armour, tank killer, anti-ship bomber, 
Luftwaffe, Mediterranean, Balkans

ISBN: 1-84832-800-1

IMAGE: B2495.jpg6
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DESCRIPTION: The publisher has produced a number of series based on 
rare wartime images. The 'Luftwaffe at War' is one of these very 
popular series. The text is clear and concise, but the great 
strengths are in the aggressive pricing and the fine quality of the 
images, in this case including full colour images – Strongly 
Recommended.

The Stuka is one of the iconic aircraft of WWII, but was already 
approaching obsolescence in 1939. During the 1930s, the dive bomber 
was seen as a very practical and effective bomb delivery system. 
This was particularly true for the Germans because they saw it as 
flying artillery working closely with rapidly advancing panzer armies.

The Stuka proved to be a very reliable machine that could operate 
from unprepared forward airstrips in unfavourable weather and 
withstand a great deal of battle damage. Initially, it was armed with 
two forward firing rifle calibre machine guns and one flexible 
machine gun for the radio operator, with a main armament of a single 
bomb on the centre line and lobbed under the propeller arc. It was 
intended to provide pin-point accuracy in a steep dive on the target. 
Later, it was equipped with cannon of 20 mm and then 37 mm anti-tank 
guns, drop tanks to extend range and underwing munitions including 
rockets. However, it depended on the Luftwaffe holding air 
superiority. Once it met Spitfires and Hurricanes in the Battle of 
Britain, it was very vulnerable and withdrawn from that battle. In 
the Mediterranean, and on the Eastern Front, it enjoyed a longer 
period with German air superiority.

This book covers the use of the Stuka in the Mediterranean from 1940 
to 1945. In the early years it achieved many successes but could 
continue on in the Balkans to the end of the war because the Allies 
did not dedicate the resources to obtain total air superiority. There 
are some fine full colour images and evocative monochrome images that 
depict the aircraft, their crews and the primitive conditions  under 
which they were maintained in the field.