Beating its biplane rivals in a 1936 Reich Air Ministry design competition, the Arado Ar 196 provided the Kriegsmarine with possibly the best shipborne reconnaissance seaplane of World War II. Replacing the Heinkel He 60 biplane as the standard catapult-launched floatplane embarked on the Kriegsmarine's capital ships, the Ar 196 flew an assortment of combat missions during World War II, including coastal patrol, submarine hunting, light bombing, general reconnaissance and convoy escort sorties. The first vessel to take its Ar 196A-1s to sea was the pocket battleship Graf Spee, which embarked two in the autumn of 1939. The battleships Bismarck and Tirpitz could carry six Arados each, the battlecruisers Gneisenau and Scharnhorst four and smaller pocket battleships and cruisers two. Shore-based aircraft were also operated from coastal ports on the Channel, Baltic, North Sea and Bay of Biscay coasts, as well as in the Balkans and Mediterranean. In this title, supported by an excellent selection of photographs and full-colour illustrations, Peter de Jong explores the history of the Arado Ar 196, detailing their development and assessing the combat capabilities of one of the last fighting seaplanes.
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Publication date: 08/02/2021
Country of publication: UNITED KINGDOM
Weight: 306 g
Dimensions: 248mm X 184mm
Chapter Development and production Several Chapters German use, to be organised chronologically, thematically or geographically, including use by German navy surface raiders; use by German home fleet; use as shore-based patrol aircraft; use in special operations - insertion and extraction of agents; North (Arctic), West (Atlantic), South (Mediterranean), East (Baltic and Black Seas) Chapter Use by other countries: Bulgaria, Romania, Finland, Soviet Union Appendices: 1. Ar 196 Units, bases and dates 3. Colour Plates commentaries