Dogfight: The Greatest Air Duels of World War II

Dogfight: The Greatest Air Duels of World War II

by Tony Holmes (Editor)


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Written by Tony Holmes, an aerospace editor and leading expert on aviation history, Dogfight covers four air forces, three theaters, and ten iconic fighters. This book is the complete story of head to head aerial combat in World War II. In the skies above a world at war, individual skill, technical edge, and superior tactics all determined which pilot would emerge victorious from an aerial duel.

Matching up ten aerial rivals - including Spitfires, Messerschmitts, Mustangs and Zeros - with their greatest foes, this book analyzes the histories of the machines, their pilots and tactics, with thrilling accounts of true combat. Meticulously researched digital artwork recreates the cockpits, armament, and battles of each combatant.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780785830283
Publisher: Book Sales
Publication date: 03/15/2013
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 493,676
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Tony Holmes has worked as Osprey Publishing's aerospace editor since 1989, having previously served as an author/photographer for this publishing house in Australasia. He is widely acknowledged as a leading expert on all periods of aviation history although his personal love is for the Battle of Britain, on which he has written a number of well received titles. For this book, he has contributed on his favorite subject - the legendary duels between Spitfires and Messerschmitts over southern England in summer 1940.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Part I The Battle of Britain: 1940 Tony Holmes 12

Spitfire vs Bf 109E

The machines 14

Type history 28

The strategic situation 39

The men 50

Into combat 58

Analysis 76

Aftermath 79

Part II Battle for the Bombers: Europe 1943-45 Martin Bowman 82

P-47 Thunderbolt vs Bf 109G/K

The machines 85

Type history 95

The strategic situation 106

The men 116

Into combat 124

Analysis 140

Aftermath 144

Part III Tooth and Claw: Duels Over China, 1944 Carl Molesworth 146

P-40 Warhawk vs Ki-43 "Oscar"

The machines 149

Type history 161

The strategic situation 171

The men 178

Into combat 184

Analysis 206

Aftermath 209

Part IV Dueling for the Reich: Germany 1943-45 Martin Bowman 212

P-51 Mustang vs Fw 190

The machines 215

Type history 226

The strategic situation 238

The men 245

Into combat 249

Analysis 264

Aftermath 269

Part V Last Combat Over the Pacific: Japan 1945 Donald Nijboer 274

Seafire vs A6M Zero

The machines 277

Type history 290

The strategic situation 304

The men 309

Into combat 320

Analysis 333

Aftermath 336

Glossary 339

Select Bibliography 341

Index 346

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Dogfight: The Greatest Air Duels of World War II 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
scuzzy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book looks very impressive, and as I skimmed through the pages it felt that this would be a very dedicated and professionally put together volume on a favourite topic of mine. Well, it was, and it wasn't.The title of the book does misrepresent the content a little; I got the impression it would chronicle and dissect famous dogfights while providing background on the planes and the amazing pilots that flew them, and if you know anything about air warfare of WWII you'd know that there are many of all to choose from.But this book is dedicated to three 'pairs' of duelling combatants which was ultimately disappointing. It took two specific planes from either side of the fighting spectrum and analysed them to death from the plane itself, its inception and variants, and then into the training required to fly and fight them, and then a post-match analysis. There were smatterings of actual fighting narrative and the odd bio of pilots but these were too far few and between.As it goes, however, the book is a great reference and is so thoroughly researched that I came out knowing a whole lot more about the subject, and I know a fair bit! My biggest gripe was the selection of planes and pilots, as the book suggests only the 'greatest need apply', and I don;t think they have, but it could be seen as subjective. First is the trusty Spitfire vs. the Messerschmitt Bf109; fair enough, there are probably no two more distinguishable planes than these. Then we moved onto the P47 Thunderbolt and again the Bf109 (later variant); the P40 Warhawk and Ki-43 'Oscar' fighting over China; P51 Mustang and the Focke Wulf 190, and finally the Seafire and Mitsubishi 'Zero'.It lost continuity and at times (especially where the Spitfire/Seafire, and Bf109s were involved, a lot of doubling up of information to read. And too many times I found myself asking "What about the Hurricane? Where is the Me 262? The Corsair and Hellcat? Bader and Galland?"Nope, as the book goes it is wrong in the sense it doesn't deliver what it suggests, but nevertheless it is a good read if you can shift your focus from your own conclusions. Diagrams, photos, artwork and tactical notes are great, top-notch, and some of the facts and figures are detailed. Where there were a few pilot bios there weren't enough and these themselves were missing more intricate detail.Only for the real plane-spotters.
Thos_Howell_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Dogfight is basically a compilation of five volumes of Osprey Publishing's "Duel" Series; Spitfire Vs Bf109, P-47 Vs Bf109, P-40 Vs Ki-43 Oscar, P-51 Vs Fw190, and Seafire Vs A6M Zero. Bought this book from my local Barnes & Noble for a birthday gift to an aviation buff. It's great fun to read with lots of black and white photographs from World War II and high quality illustrations of fighter planes and bombers. Very detailed analysis of dogfights in the skies over Europe as well as the Pacific campaign. Highly recommend.this book, excellent book design. Thos Howell Book Reviews