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He 111 Kampfgeschwader in the West
     

He 111 Kampfgeschwader in the West

by John Weal
 

Originally designed in the mid-1930s as a fast airliner that could be easily adapted for the bombing role, the He 111 first saw action in Spain with the Legion Condor during the civil war. By the time Germany invaded Poland, more than 700 were in service with the Luftwaffe's Kampfgeschwadern, and they were used with devastating effect during the fall of Poland and

Overview


Originally designed in the mid-1930s as a fast airliner that could be easily adapted for the bombing role, the He 111 first saw action in Spain with the Legion Condor during the civil war. By the time Germany invaded Poland, more than 700 were in service with the Luftwaffe's Kampfgeschwadern, and they were used with devastating effect during the fall of Poland and France. However, the He 111 met its match during the Battle of Britain when over 240 were lost. It then became a night-time pathfinder, guiding in the bigger bombers during the Blitz. Elsewhere, He 111s filled a number of roles including acting as torpedo bombers against convoys and as reconnaissance platforms. This book charts the full story of the deployment of the He 111 in the western theatre of Word War II, including their last missions as V-1 Doodlebug launch platforms.

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From the Publisher

“Dozens of photos and 30 color profiles -- including seven of 'step-nose' He 111 versions -- season this solid study. The admirably indexed effort also includes informative appendices charting Heinkel unit strength in Western Europe. Recommended.” —David L. Veres, www.cybermodeler.com

“A concise, easily read account of the He 111 with many crew accounts. Great gallery of aircraft profiles and photos... Fans of He 111 operations will find this a worthwhile addition to their library.” —Fred Boucher, AeroScale

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781849086707
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
02/21/2012
Series:
Combat Aircraft Series
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
798,671
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author


One of the world's finest profile artist, John Weal's love of German aircraft makes this work a treat for students of the subject. He has written three previous volumes in the Combat Aircraft series and more than a dozen Aces/Aviation Elite Units titles, all of which have been top sellers.

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