Another addition to the deservedly popular Images of War series with brief introductory text and excellent caption and extended captions. This is another AWA book with a fantastic selection of rare images, covering the latter years of the iconic Bf 109 – Highly Recommended
NAME: Air War Archive, Messerschmitt Bf 109, The Latter Years – War In The East To The Fall Of Germany, Rare Luftwaffe Photographs From Wartime Archives FILE: R2933 AUTHOR: Chris Goss PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword, frontline BINDING: soft back PAGES: 178 PRICE: £14.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War II, World War 2, Second World War, Luftwaffe, East From, Home Front, Final Days, Bf 109, fighter aircraft, close support, fighter bombers, air superiority
IMAGE: B2933.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/y5umg4ko LINKS: DESCRIPTION: Another addition to the deservedly popular Images of War series with brief introductory text and excellent caption and extended captions. This is another AWA book with a fantastic selection of rare images, covering the latter years of the iconic Bf 109 – Highly Recommended The Bf 109 was already a proven mature fighter when it took part in the Battle of Britain, where even the Hurricane could outperform it in parts of the flying envelop. The main protagonist was however the Spitfire which was capable of considerable development as the war progressed. The Bf 109 was also capable of further development, but it was obsolescent by 1942, with the FW190 taking over in many Western Front squadrons and initially being significantly superior to the Spitfire until the Mk IX began replacing Mk V Spitfires. The Bf 109 had a longer life on the East front because the combination of battle hardened pilots, and a machine superior to most current Soviet fighters, gave it an edge. That edge was steadily eroded from 1942 and the Bf 109 should have been replaced in frontline day fighter service but had to soldier on as German industry struggled to produce sufficient quantities of more modern aircraft. The author has provided a first rate presentation of the Bf 109's closing days, with an outstanding photo selection.