Wednesday, 1 June 2016

New titles from Simon Schatz and Christer Bergström - Stuka and Barbarossa

Simon's 1st title in hardback now in bookshops and Christer's 27th due at the end of June for the 75th 'anniversary' of Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union. Congratulations!

Simon's book is the latest MMP title for modellers entitled 'Spotlight On' and presents detailed illustrations of the Junkers Ju 87. The book features 42 full page highly detailed colour profiles by Simon and 3 top views by Dariusz Karnas in a variety of Luftwaffe camouflage colours and markings -including all versions from A to G in different theatres of war. Contrary to the amazon blurb the book does not includes a large fold-out profile..

Based on decades of research work in both German and Russian archives, as well as interviews with a large number of key figures and veterans, Christer's Operation Barbarossa brings our knowledge on the war on the Eastern Front several big steps forward. It reveals and dispels many myths and misconceptions including: the myth of mass surrenders by Soviet soldiers; the myth about the vast differences in troop casualties between the two sides; the myth of the Soviet partisans and the myth that it was the Arctic cold that halted the German offensive. It also does not shy away from difficult truths such as the true nature of Finland s participation in Operation Barbarossa, and the massive scale of rapes committed by German troops. Illustrated with over 250 photos, many never previously published, and several clear and detailed maps, this is an objective, balanced account, published in time for the 75th anniversary of the start of Operation Barbarossa on 22nd June 2016. As with his previous fine English-language title devoted to a re-appraisal of the Battle of Britain, Christer Bergström has once again produced what will become a definitive account of this monumental campaign.