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Jagdgeschwader 51 'Mölders'

Jagdgeschwader 51 'Mölders'

by John Weal
     
 

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One of the "top picks for specialized military holdings" - California Bookwatch

JG 51 is one of the Luftwaffe's top wartime fighter units whose story has never been told in English. The unit's history encapsulates the fortunes of the Luftwaffe's fighter arm as a whole: the heady successes of the early months, the steady attrition and the growing strength of

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One of the "top picks for specialized military holdings" - California Bookwatch

JG 51 is one of the Luftwaffe's top wartime fighter units whose story has never been told in English. The unit's history encapsulates the fortunes of the Luftwaffe's fighter arm as a whole: the heady successes of the early months, the steady attrition and the growing strength of the opposition during the mid-war years, and the final chaos and collapse of the last days. The story works on other levels too: the diversity of aircraft types flown - biplanes, Messerschmitt and Focke-Wulf fighters, and even twin-engined ground-attack machines - provides for an interesting mix of hitherto unpublished images; and the wide range of markings and unit badges add colorful variety and are a bonus for the modeling fraternity. But it is, above all, the quality of the pilots who served with JG 51 that sets it apart. Through the war it numbered more Knight's Cross winners among its ranks than any other unit, and it is their stories, their successes, exploits and eventual fates, which brings this history to life.

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“This volume is wonderfully done.” —Alex Ness, popthought.com

“It is perhaps the details of the pilots who served with the units that sets JG51 apart. During the course of the war, it numbered more Knights' Cross winners among its ranks than any other. And it is their stories -- their successes, exploits and eventual fates -- which brings this history to life.” —George Hulett, Warbirds International

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781846030451
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
10/31/2006
Series:
Aviation Elite Units Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
7.25(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.28(d)

Meet the Author


Arguably the finest profile artist in the business and a well-established author on German aviation subjects, John Weal's love of German aircraft makes his work a treat for students of the subject. He has written several Aircraft of the Aces volumes, and two books on the JU 87 in the companion series Combat Aircraft. The author lives in Berkshire, UK.

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