Casemate's Luftwaffe in Africa 1941-43
|$24.95 MSRP from Casemate|
128 pages, cardcover, photos,
profiles and maps
This is the first first in Casemate's Illustrated series that I have seen. It concentrates on the Luftwaffe and its operations in North Africa during WWII. This is not strictly a photo book, though it is chock full of photographs. It is what I'd consider a good overview of Luftwaffe operations during the desert air war.
It starts with a bit of a background on exactly why the Luftwaffe was involved in this theater of operations and initially concentrates on the first units to arrive in theater. It then covers the major battles along with the successes or failures of airborne operations.
Along the way we get to see the changing equipment used by the Luftwaffe and a nice look at some of the personalities involved. A book like this would not be complete without some pilot tales and we are treated to that as well.
One of the major features of this series is, of course, the images. Those have been very nicely chosen and include a goodly number of period color photos that are sure to be of interest. In addition, there are pages where some nicely done color profiles are included. One thing I like about this book is that the card covers are long enough to allow for extensions so that you can use these areas to hold your place while reading. Perhaps a small feature, but one I like.
In all, it makes for a great introduction to the subject for those who need one and a pleasant read for those who know something about North Africa already. The photos, however, are the real draw and as such make this a desirable addition to your library.
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