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    John Weal(Author) Jim Laurier(Illustrator)

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Tracing its roots to Manfred, Freiherr von Richthofen's 'Flying Circus' of WWI, the Jagdgeschwader 'Richthofen' is arguably the most famous fighter unit of all time. Designated JG 1 during the Great War, then disbanded following defeat, the Jagdgeschwader reformed as JG 132. By September 1939 the unit had become JG 2, seeing much action during the Blitzkrieg and Battle of Britain. This first in a new series focusing on elite fighter and bomber units, charts the career of JG 2 from its first aerial kills in 1939 to the destruction of its own Fw 190s in the face of the Allied advance in 1945.

Arguably the finest profile artist in the business, Joan Weal's love of German aircraft makes his work a treat for students of the subject. He has written several Aces volumes, and two books on the JU 87 in the companion series Combat Aircraft. Jim Laurier is a native of New Hampshire. He graduated with honours from the Paiers School of Art, Connecticut, in 1978 and has worked as a freelance illustrator ever since, completing assignments in a wide variety of fields. Jim has a keen interest in military subjects, both aviation and armour, and is a Fellow member of the American Society of Aviation Artists, the New York Society of Illustrators and the American Fighter Aces Association.

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  • By KOMET on 15 January 2010

    I read this book recently and found it to be a first-class treatment of Jagdgeschwader 2 'Richthofen'.The author shows in this book that he has a comprehensive grasp of the Luftwaffe organizational networks and operations. For instance, in the earlier part of this book, Mr. Weal offered a fascinating summary of the development of the prewar Luftwaffe fighter command structure, which was first based upon various geographical zones within Germany itself. Later, on the eve of war, this structure was simplified and based on a small number of designated Luftflotten or "air fleets" -- not much different from the "groups" that the Royal Air Force had created for the defense of Britain.Mr. Weal also profiled some of JG 2's most distinguished fighter pilots. Men like Helmut Wick, Walter Oesau (the 3rd fighter pilot in history to score 100 victories in aerial combat during 1941), Egon Mayer (who pioneered the head-on technique for tackling USAAF bomber formations over Europe and later became the first Luftwaffe fighter pilot on the Channel Front to score 100 victories), Kurt Bühligen, and Erich Rudorffer (who became a specialist in scoring multiple victories -- at 91, he is today the world's oldest and highest scoring ace, having achieved 222 victories in the war).This book is ideal for anyone who is looking for an overview of one of the Luftwaffe's top fighter units of the Second World War.

  • By Nautilus on 24 October 2013

    Great book written by an real enthusiast for the subject matter. An excellent grounding in the history of this premier unit that was effectively destroyed 7 times over (750 dead or missing pilots for a unit that was only around 100 strong when at full complement), from the earliest days to the bitter end. It's easy to think that the fighter pilots had an easier time than those in some other sections of the Wehrmacht, this book dispels that myth. Great pictures, with some interesting anecdotes.

  • By Pilot Officer on 15 September 2008

    A very good book covering the exploits of JG2, which proudly bore the name of the most famous fighter ace of all, Baron von Richthofen. It details the men and machines who were ultimately pitted against the might of the US 8th Air Force. A fine account of the air war over the Reich.

  • By PJ on 25 June 2015

    As advertised and quick delivery


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