Wednesday 26 January 2022

" Day fighter Aces of the Luftwaffe 1943-45 " and "Luftwaffe Victory Markings" - Casemate Publishing


" As an Osprey book addict, I was quite impressed with this volume. The focus is less on detailed encyclopedic knowledge and more on interesting anecdotes and rare insights into the world of the late luftwaffe. There are excerpts from memoirs long out of print and never printed in English, which are, to my knowledge, impossible to find anywhere else. I enjoyed the small handful of beautifully illustrated aircraft profiles and the attendant descriptions of the stories behind the aircraft.

As someone who collects books of this type, I'd say this is one of the best. A volume I return to again and again. Do get the printed version instead of the kindle version though. With the best will in the world, the formatting of this book does *not* lend itself to a kindle's screen, and you will just get frustrated with it..."

Review by Wolfgang Mercer

Go to Britmodeller's review pages for a comprehensive look at both "Day fighter Aces of the Luftwaffe" volumes. Coverage on those units not covered by Osprey - JG 4, JG 11, JG 77 and JG 300...  

New from Casemate for January 2022  - " Luftwaffe Victory Markings 1939-45 "

• Detailed overview of how Luftwaffe pilots recorded their victories on their aircraft.
• Packed with nearly 200 photos and detailed artworks over 192 large-format glossy pages
• Great resource for modelers. 

This new book by noted Luftwaffe writer Philippe Saintes (author of the two volume history of JG 54 published by Lela Presse) provides an overview of the victory markings painted on the fins and rudders of a selection of notable German day fighter and night fighter aces between 1939 and 1945 and demonstrates how these were applied and how each individual aircraft tailfin or rudder tells a unique story. Features some of the most emblematic fighter pilots of the Luftwaffe and their aircraft, such as Wilhelm Balthasar, Joachim Müncheberg, Kurt "Kuddel” Ubben, Felix-Maria Brandis, "Fiffi" Stahlschmidt and Nachtjagd aces Martin Drewes, Egmont zur Lippe-Weissenfeld and Ludwig Meister.