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Flamin_Squirrel
03-07-2004, 11:02 AM
Was wondering if anyone can recomend any good books on WW2 aircraft, especialy the 190, or perhaps the 109. Books about Technical or tactical details, not really so interested in the biographies like the First and the Last, or stories about certain units.

A book that comprehensively lists detail about all the main models and marks would be good also.

Thanks

Flamin_Squirrel
03-07-2004, 11:02 AM
Was wondering if anyone can recomend any good books on WW2 aircraft, especialy the 190, or perhaps the 109. Books about Technical or tactical details, not really so interested in the biographies like the First and the Last, or stories about certain units.

A book that comprehensively lists detail about all the main models and marks would be good also.

Thanks

XyZspineZyX
03-07-2004, 11:13 AM
Squirrel,

I believe there is a technical series on the 109s and 190s that is well thought of, but I can't recall the name. I think the author's name is Prien, but about that i'm not totally sure. Maybe somebody will chime in and help you out.

sfbaytf
03-07-2004, 11:20 AM
I just found an excellent techincal book on fighters called Fighter Aircraft-Combat Development in World War 2 by Alfred Price. Never seen it in a normal bookstore. I picked it up at a used bookstore.Excellent technical reference and the later chapters goes into detail on how specific fighters matched up against one another

SCHADEN
03-07-2004, 11:22 AM
Try A/c of WW2 published by Hamlyn and available through Amazon - 3 in the series Brit, USA and Axis well worth getting

sfbaytf
03-07-2004, 11:27 AM
Another good book is Famous Fighters of the Second World War by William Green. He also has another book Famous Bombers. Both excellent book. Once again you'll need to search the used bookstores as both are long out of print. I have lots of great used bookstores and collect books so I often run into fine gems.

robban75
03-07-2004, 11:29 AM
I can highly recommend Dietmar Hermanns books about the Ta 152 and Fw 190D series. He has released a book about the BMW powered 190's aswell. I don't have that book so I can't comment on it.

Wolfgang Wagners book "The history of German aviation, Kurt Tank: Focke-Wulf's designer an test pilot" is also very good book.

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Mike_Green
03-07-2004, 11:44 AM
Closest thing I've got to this is "The Focke Wulf 190 - a famous German Fighter"
Heinz Nowarra, Harleyford 1972.
Lots and lots of technical details.

Previously known round these parts as mikeyg007

sfbaytf
03-07-2004, 11:47 AM
This is off the Topic, but I'm reading an excellent book on the opening stages of Operation Barbarossa called "War Without Garlands" by Robert J Kershaw. One of the best books on the subject I've seen.

Mike_Green
03-07-2004, 11:47 AM
Oh and, for tactical details, you want "Luftwaffe Fighter Aces", by Mike Spick. That's a new book so you'll be able to get it OK.

Incidentally, if anyone in the UK wants a mint copy of this for 5 plus p&p, it's yours. Unwanted present (I already had a copy). It's really very good, and very relevant to FB.

Previously known round these parts as mikeyg007

sfbaytf
03-07-2004, 11:49 AM
Another thing you might consider is calling companies that make plastic model kits and ask to order just the building instructions. They usually have a page or two of good techincal and historical info.

Flamin_Squirrel
03-07-2004, 11:50 AM
Thanks guys. Unfortunately so far, they either arent available at amazon, or they cost a fortune http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

Appart from "Luftwaffe Fighter Aces", by Mike Spick, which i already own, and indeed is what spured this intrest in aquiring more reading material http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/53.gif

sfbaytf
03-07-2004, 11:57 AM
Squirrel,

Where do you live and do you have used bookstores in the area? Some of the books reccomended above like IWolfgang Wagners book "The history of German aviation, Kurt Tank: Focke-Wulf's are expensive, but I see them at the used bookstores I go to and they are usually in excellent condition and half the price of what you see listed on Amazon. Also you can usually bargain the price down.

Flamin_Squirrel
03-07-2004, 11:59 AM
I live in the UK. Ill certainly look some of these books up if i can find a used book store, but at the moment i want to buy from amazon as ive got a discount i want to take advantage of.

sfbaytf
03-07-2004, 12:03 PM
Well good luck. I live in the states. I've seen alot of great military books lately many long out or print. I think the economic downturn plus the fact that many WW2 vets are beginning to pass away and their offspring have no interest in the subject matter is prompting them to sell these sort of books to used bookstores.

IAFS_Painter
03-07-2004, 12:10 PM
A bit off topic ... for a good, well researched view of Soviet developments, check:

Soviet Air Force Fighter Colours 1941-45 by Eric Pilawski

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il2airracing.com (http://www.il2airracing.com) Painter's Pages (http://www.robert-stuart.me.uk/il2)
I've given up correcting my own spelling
Unless I've corrected it here

nutt3r
03-07-2004, 12:46 PM
i would recomend "the most dangerous enemy" a history of the battle of briatin its got some good info on the 109 and some info about how the luftwaffe was run as well as info about german squadrons in BoB. A brilliant book and is oly 10 pounds http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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