Start's Luftwaffe im Focus #26




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Scott Van Aken

Notes: 54 pages, 9 x 12 inches, softbound
ISBN: 978-3-941437-31-9-2

Start's Luftwaffe im Focus is one of those periodicals that once you start reading it, you want more. Edition #26 arrived recently and while the publishing schedule is a bit on the ragged side (due to work on other publications), it is well worth the wait.

What makes LiF so special is the number of well chosen, clear images that have never been published before. Much of these come from private collections and family members of those who took the images. They are not your usual photos as they frequently show types that don't get a lot of coverage, but the research that goes into each story is exemplary.

For example, there is a great article on training units in the last months of the war when just being in the air brought the possibility of being shot down by roving Allied fighters. This interesting story includes some nice ground and flying photos. Then there is the article on 'wave-mirror painted FW-200C-5K aircraft, of which only a few were so marked.

One I particularly liked was on KG 100 operations in the Crimea. This is probably the longest article in the book. Throughout there are smaller articles and sometimes just some interesting photos such as the one that graces the cover. What adds to the issue's interest is that it is not just 109s and 190s, but things like Do-217Js and Lufthansa Ju-86s.

If you have an interest in the Luftwaffe and want to read and see more than what is usually published in the standard offerings, then this is for you.

March 2017

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