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The Essential Aircraft Identification Guide: Allied Bombers 1939 - 45

Essential ID Guides

By (author) Chris Chant
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Amber Books Ltd, London, United Kingdom
Published: 14th Mar 2008
Dimensions: w 202mm h 260mm d 22mm
Weight: 770g
ISBN-10: 1905704704
ISBN-13: 9781905704705
Barcode No: 9781905704705
The Essential Aircraft Identification Guide: Allied Bombers offers an highly-illustrated guide to Allied bomber aircraft during World War II in the European theatre. Featuring all the main models flown by the Allied air forces from 1939 to 1945, the book offers a wealth of detail, including unit markings, unit organization, numbers of aircraft flown by campaign and exhaustive specifications for each model. The book is arranged first by country and then chronologically by campaign so that every aspect of bomber warfare is covered. The guide features bombers from throughout World War II, including early models, such as the French Breguet 693, Belgian air force Fairey Battle and British Whitley Mk I, right up to those aircraft that contributed to the final defeat of Germany, such as the Soviet Ilyushin Il-10, American Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and the British Lancaster GR Mk III. The bomber had a variety of combat roles, and the guide features aircraft that were used for daylight raids over Europe (such as the B-24 Liberator), night raids (the Vickers Wellington), maritime operations (the Consolidated Catalina), ground support (the Tupolev Tu-2) and coastal command (the Lockheed Hudson). Packed with 200 colour profiles and dozens of archive photographs of every major Allied bomber aircraft, The Essential Aircraft Identification Guide: Allied Bombers is an key reference for modellers and World War II aviation enthusiasts.

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While there are undoubtedly far more detailed unit histories out there, this book is useful in providing a clear history of every unit in one place. The benefits for this format are immense, as it forms a beautiful introduction to the motorised divisions, as well as a nice "big picture" type of overview, useful to those looking beyond individual units or specific battles. I can see this title becoming a valuable addition to any armour library as a result * Internet *