Junkers Ju 88 Kampfgeschwader in North Africa and the Mediterranean

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Arguably the best twin-engined bomber fielded by any of the combatants in World War 2, the Ju 88 was a veritable 'jack of all trades' for the Luftwaffe in North Africa and the Mediterranean, performing as a bomber, reconnaissance platform, anti-ship torpedo/dive-bomber, heavy day fighter and nightfighter. Following on from Osprey Combat Aircraft 17, which chronicled the operational career of the Ju 88 over the United Kingdom, northwest Europe and the Reich itself, this volume follows the Luftwaffe's twin-engined ...

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Overview

Arguably the best twin-engined bomber fielded by any of the combatants in World War 2, the Ju 88 was a veritable 'jack of all trades' for the Luftwaffe in North Africa and the Mediterranean, performing as a bomber, reconnaissance platform, anti-ship torpedo/dive-bomber, heavy day fighter and nightfighter. Following on from Osprey Combat Aircraft 17, which chronicled the operational career of the Ju 88 over the United Kingdom, northwest Europe and the Reich itself, this volume follows the Luftwaffe's twin-engined 'Wunderbomber' southwards to describe its multi-faceted deployment from the Straits of Gibraltar in the west, via the beleaguered island of Malta, to the Aegean and the Suez Canal in the east. Like any account of Luftwaffe operations - whether told at campaign, unit or personal level - it is very much a story of two distinct parts: the initial lightning successes, and then the long, slow process of retreat and defeat. Illustrated with more than 90 photographs and 30 full-colour profile artworks, this volume also features numerous combat accounts and detailed appendices.

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"A solid pick for such [military history] collections... John Weal's Junkers JU 88 Kampfgeschwader in North Africa and the Mediterranean, telling of the history of the twin-engined bomber that performed as a bomber, reconnaissance platform, and fighter. Any library strong in aircraft development will find this a specialized winnger, as well." -The Bookwatch (January 2010)

"The author does a super job of covering the history and operations of the various Ju-88 units that were sent to the Mediterranean... This is further enhanced by a superb selection of period photos and the profiles done by the author. There are a number of very interesting and unusual camouflage schemes carried by the Ju-88s of this area of operations, making this a book that modelers as well as those who just like the aircraft will come to covet and enjoy. It is a book that I definitely enjoyed reading and is one I know you will like as well." -Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness / www.modelingmadness.com (February 2010)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846033186
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/20/2009
  • Series: Combat Aircraft Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 435,188
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Battle Is Joined 6

Chapter 2 Marita To Merkur 16

Chapter 3 Malta Or Cairo? 45

Chapter 4 Two-Front War In Africa 71

Chapter 5 The 'Soft Underbelly' 78

Appendices 90

Colour Plates Commentary 92

Index 95

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