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10-15-2010, 11:27 AM
Hello, looking at Bremspropeller's recent post reminded me that there are a few spare cms in my room that need to be filled with aviation literature. I'll need a snorkel soon! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Do you have any recommendations for books covering very late war combat over Europe? Mostly after the Normandy invasion, and especially the last few months over Germany.

One other thing i'm looking for is a book on the Bf-109 on the scale of the Eagle Edition's Fw-190 D book. Does such a thing exist? I would love to own the Eagles Editions publication at some point, but being more of a bf-109 enthusiast, I would justify spending that kind of money on a Bf 109 book.

I currently have the two 'in action books' from Squadron Signal and Bf-109 F/G/K from Schiffer (most recommended). Is there anything else noteworthy out there?


10-15-2010, 03:14 PM
You already own what probably the most comprehensive mid/late 109 book out there. I would recommend the JaPo publications (109K, 109K Camo, G-10/U4). Excellent, in depth and most importantly: fresh research not seen elsewhere. There are a lot of older 109 books out there, but usually they only cover a small part.. Lynn Ritger's two 109 books can also be recommended.

As for late 1944/45 books for Western Europe, the books by Shores (2nd TAF etc.) are highly recommended, but they focus on the Allied side, if that's not a problem. There's, of course, Prien`s massive Jagdfliegerverbanden.... volumes, but it would be a smaller fortune to buy all of them. A good alternative is the Luftwaffe Colours series, decently researched, and adequate in depth. Osprey offers a number of books on the subject, but the quality is mixed - too often I find them either shallow or just repeating old nonsense.

Munro's Bodenplatte book is excellent too.

That's all I can think of atm.

ps. Olivier Lefebvre was supposed to work on a mega-109 book, but I am not sure if I would live long enough to read it. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif Not a word of it for a long time.. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

ps2. There's a recent, massively detailed and technical 380 page professional study on the 109 vs (insert inflammatory type, errr, MARK here http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif ) recently, but I am afraid its in a exotic Finn-Ugoric language you probably don't understand.

10-15-2010, 03:24 PM
...there's always something from Eric Mombeek to spend some money on:


10-15-2010, 04:43 PM
Kurfurst, thanks very much for your suggestions, in fact I was hoping you'd reply here.

Excellent thought the Prien book is, there is very little text on operational use and battles.

This is what I found exciting about the japo book I found in e-book form, a great wealth of info on late war operations, like the Bf-109 K-4's use on the Eastern front in 1945, extremely obscure. Now that you've also recommended it i'll definitely try to find a copy of it.

You have more or less recommended all the titles I had considered at one point or another, so it's good to have a confirmation from someone in the know.

Thanks for the recommendation Brems. I have encountered the Jagdwaffe colours series before, it's quality definitely stands out.

10-16-2010, 08:18 AM
Well, I already have the JG 4-series (including Sturmstaffel 1) - I bought it because a friend's grandpy flew 190s in JG 4 and one of his war-stories is featured in the book. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

I'm currently wondering whether I should buy JG 5 part one (Eismeerjäger: Zerstörer/ Jabo).

IIRC you're french (or at least francophone?), so Mombeek's french publications about JG 2 (already two parts as opposed to the one part so far in English) would come in handy http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

10-16-2010, 12:07 PM
Or was Regrag the guy from France? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blush.gif

10-16-2010, 01:01 PM
Bodenplatte: The Luftwaffe's Last Hope -: The Attack On Allied Airfields, New Year's Day 1945

By Ron Putz and John Manrho

You want detail,THIS is detail!

10-16-2010, 01:35 PM
Agree big time Uther, it's in my rack, but I haven't had the time to read it yet...

10-20-2010, 10:24 AM
Highly recommend Jagdgeschwader 301/302 by Willi Reschke published in English in 2005. It deals with defence of the Reich operations in a day to day format regarding these units. The JG26 two volume set by D Caulfield is also well researched.