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.

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