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FOCKE-WULF Fw 190

The Latter Years - D-Day to the Fall of Germany by Goss, Chris Code: 61829 Format: Paperback / 144 pages Publication date: 30/11/2022 Availability: Pre Order. Release date: November 2022 Price: AU $44.99

As the war began to turn against Germany, the Luftwaffe was forced to defend the Reich against increasingly overwhelming numbers of Allied fighters and bombers. The Focke-Wulf Fw 190, together with the Bf 109G, was the mainstay of the Luftwaffes Reichsverteidigung (Defence of the Reich) fighter force, both by day and by night. As the war progressed, the US Eighth Air Force, suffering heavy losses over Germany, changed tactics. The escorting US fighters had been expected to fly alongside the bombers to provide close protection. But this meant that they could not chase after the enemy when in combat, having to return to the bombers. So, from early 1944, the decision was made to free the fighters, allowing them to fly ahead of the bomber stream clearing the skies of German fighters. To counter this, the Luftwaffe developed the Gefechtsverband, or battle formation, composed of two units of Bf 109s and one Sturmgruppe of Fw 190s. In Gefechtsverband operations, the Bf 109s would engage the Allied fighters, particularly the long-range P-51 Mustangs, leaving the more heavily-armed Fw 190s to attack the bombers. Though the large Gefechtsverband formations were unweildy and not always effective, when they did work well, the powerful and well-armoured Fw 190s wreaked havoc amongst the US bombers. Meanwhile, on the Eastern Front, the Fw 190 was incresaingly relied upon for fighter and Jabo missions against a dogged Soviet Air Force. With the tide well and truly turned against the Luftwaffe, newer versions of the Fw 190, such as the F and G variants, were intruduced as well as the superlative D-9 which was powered by the Jumo 213 A engine, armed with two MG 131s and two MG 151/20 guns and had a new fuselage and wings. In this second volume detailing the service of the Fw 190, Chris Goss has assembled photographs, many of which have come from the archive of the late Dr Alfred Price, to illustrate the final years of the types war. AUTHOR: Having retired from the RAF with the rank of Wing Commander, Chris Goss is a regular and highly respected contributor to major aviation publications in the UK, France and Germany, as well the author of more than thirty critically-acclaimed books covering the air war between 1939 and 1945. Chris completed an MA with Merit in War Studies in 2001. 190 b/w illustrations

Format: Paperback
Pages: 144
Availability: Pre Order. Release date: November 2022
Publisher: PEN & SWORD BOOKS LTD
Publication date: 30/11/2022
Country of publication: UNITED KINGDOM
Weight: 0 g
Dimensions: 246.00mm X 189.00mm
Code: 61829

Having retired from the RAF with the rank of Wing Commander, CHRIS GOSS is a regular and highly respected contributor to major aviation publications in the UK, France and Germany, as well the author of more than thirty critically-acclaimed books covering the air war between 1939 and 1945. Chris completed an MA with Merit in War Studies in 2001.