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Old 12th January 2005, 06:29
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Hikoki: Luftwaffe Aerial Torpedo Aircraft...

A “just out of the package review”….

Luftwaffe Aerial Torpedo Aircraft and Operations in World War Two
By Harold Thiele
Artwork by Tim Brown
Hikoki
96 pages, 5 color profiles

Contents:
Introduction
General Notes on the Airborne Torpedo
German Airborne Torpedo Operations, 1939-1945, An Operational Chronology
Appendices
German Torpedo Aircraft, 1933-1945
Airborne Torpedoes: Operational Types and Data
Chronological Listing of Allied Ships Hit by German Torpedofleiger
Total of Airborne Torpedo Successes
Side Views of Some of the Larger Ships Hit by German Airborne Torpedoes
Personal Recollections of of Leutnant Herbert Kuntz of 4./KG26 on Torpedo Operations in the Red Sea, 1941
The He 111 as Torpedo Aircraft
Contemporary Documents

If you are familiar with Hikoki, you’ll recognize the layout of this book; softbound, 96 pages. A bit smaller than Classic’s “Jagdwaffe” series.In the past I have been somewhat disappointed in the phto reproduction in Hikoki books. The paper used in this book is much higher quality than that used in “Luftwaffe Fledglings” or “Hungarian Eagles”. The photographs are clearly printed. All in all an attractive book. Estimated 250 photographs.

The meat is in the chronological listing, which runs for 56 pages. Using a diary approach operations are summarized in each geographical area. Interspersed are summaries giving a bigger picture which helps put the operations into perspective.

An interesting book covering a fresh subject; definitely worth having.

Additional information on the Northern maritime operations can be found in Andrew Brookes’ “Air War Over Russia” and Adam Claasen’s “Hitler’s Northern War, the Luftwaffe’s Ill-Fated Campaign, 1940-1945.
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Old 15th January 2005, 21:24
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Thanks, Dick...

I have this book on order - glad to hear I have not wasted my money!
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First impressions are not so good - will re-read before any further comments...
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