Friday, 29 July 2011

Jagdgeschwader JG 53 pilots in the Mediterranean

In this very interesting footage you could see many features of the air war over Malta. You will see JG 53pilots relaxing and having fun before their mission. Then a search and rescue mission is launched, with a Dornier Do-24 looking  for a pilot who was forced to ditch in the sea off Sicily. In the final part you will see a mission over Malta, with gun camera footages and low passes over the airbase. Major Gunther von Maltzahn and Generalfeldlmarschal Albert Kesserling are clearly recognizable in the film.


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Wednesday, 27 July 2011

German Newsreel: Blohm und Voss Bv 138 in combat

Blohm und Voss Bv 138s, of an unnamed Luftwaffe units in Norway, filmed during routine operations over the Barents Sea and the North Atlantic.

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Osprey Luftwaffe Sturmgruppen

Osprey Luftwaffe Sturmgruppen is the 20th title of the Aviation Elite Units series, telling the story of heavily armed anti-bomber units in 1944-45.

If you have ever wanted to know the truth about the "storm troopers" of the Jagdwaffe, here is your book. Osprey Luftwaffe Sturmgruppen is the 20th title of the Aviation Elite Units series, and it chronicles the desperate struggle of the lUFTWAFFE anti-bomber dedicated branch, who tried to counter the mighy USAAF heavy bombers in 1944-45. After the war, many legends misunderstooded the real activies of the Sturm pilots, creating the false myth of Nazi Kamikaze units, full of fanatic airmen. This book draws light about the real stories of Sturmgruppen pilots, and their specially modified and heavily armed Fw-190s.

Osprey Luftwaffe Sturmgruppen is written by John Weal, the company primary historian for German and Axis forces. Thanks to his superior knowledge of the matter, he reveals us the story of this small elite force, made of volounteers only, trained to attack bomber formations from the front and the rear in tight arrowhead formations. Armed with 30mm cannon and extra armour plates, the Sturm Fw-190s were the most heavily armed fighters encountered by the 8th Air Force over Germany, and could deliver devastating blow to B-17 and B-24 formations. This book consists of the following chapters:
  • Origin
  • Growing Desperation
  • Sturmgruppen
  • Bloody Baptism
  • Annihilation
  • Appendices

Thanks to its 128 pages, first-hand accounts, rare archive photographs and more than 40 color profiles, this Osprey title is the ultimate book on Luftwaffe Sturmgruppen. All you have ever wanted to know about this elite units it is now available. You could finally discover the truth, and know how deadly and dangerous was to fly over the Reich in the final years of the war, when both the Jagdwaffe and the 8th Air Force suffered horrific losses and lost thousands of young brave men.

Monday, 25 July 2011

Focke Wulf Fw 200 Condor

Very nice german newsreels showing Fw 200 Condor routine patrols over the North Atlantic in 1941, the aircraft probably belongs to KG 40.

Friday, 22 July 2011

Osprey Hurricane Aces 1941-45

Osprey Hurricane Aces 1941-45 is the 57th title of the Aircraft of the Aces series, focusing on the Hawker Hurricane.

Hurricane Aces 1941-45 is the second volume of the Osprey series Aircraft of the Aces focused on the Hawker Hurricane. After having covered the first two years of the war in his previous book, author Andrew Thomas provides a fascinating, detailed and well documented work about units and pilots who flew the Hawker fighter in Western Europe, the Mediterranean, South East Asia and even the Atlantic Ocean.

This Osprey book consists of 96 pages, with more than a hundred b/w pictures and 40 beautiful color profiles. You could read about great pilots such as Karel Kuttelwascher, Vernon Woodward, Peter Townsend an Marmaduke "Pat" Pattle, the RAF top scorer of the entire war. Despite being inferior to its opponents from 1941 onward, the Hurricane proved to be an effective horse mount for ground attack operations, and scored a significant number of victories against more sophisticated and powerful aircrafts. Hurricane Aces 1941-45 is divided into seven chapters: 

  • Prologue
  • Offence and defence
  • Mediterranean Battles
  • Above the desert
  • Jungle fighters
  • Epilogue
  • Appendices

The fighter saw widespread use throughout the whole conlict, in many different theatres, and was flown by airmen from all countries: you will read the stories of the British and Commonwealth pilots, as well as the Polish, Czechs, French and Russian aces who fought against the Luftwaffe in Europe, the Regia Aeronautica in the Mediterranean and the Japanese Army Air Force in Burma and India. Thanks to Andrew Thomas's knowledge of the subject, and to the high experience and quality of Osprey Publishing, Hurricane Aces 1941-45 is a must-have for any aviation enthusiast.