Mushroom Model Publication's latest book is "Fighters over France and the
Low Countries". The book is a little different to other titles in the
series as each chapter is written by a different expert in the particular
country being covered.
the Battle of Britain, the American and British bomber campaigns and the
Defence of the Reich, plus the Eastern and North African fronts are well
covered, the earliest European campaigns in Poland, Scandinavia, the Low
Countries, and the Balkans have received less attention from authors and
modellers. It is pleasing to see the subject of the air war over France and
the Low Countries as the focus of this Mushroom Model Magazine Special.
The book comprises 152 pages in 9.5" x 6.5" format, with soft covers and
including a twenty page colour profile section and a further four pages of
excellent colour wartime photos.
Countries discussed in this book include
Great Britain, France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and even Polish and
Czech fighters in France.
Each country's section is generously illustrated
with photographs. The text follows a common format - mainly discussing
operations, with a summary of victories and losses for each combatant.
Camouflage is not really covered, apart from the colour profiles, presumably
due to the massive scope considering the number of Air Forces and aircraft
As with other books in this series, my only criticism is that the
book's format dictates that some of the photographs are quite small, but
there are less of these small photos than in earlier titles.
twenty page colour profile
section includes 51 illustrations of MB 152, C 714, MS 406, D.520, Bf
109E, Bf 110, FK.58, Hawk 75, Gladiator, Hurricane and Fokker D. XXI. It is nice to see some full-page side profiles, and
other subjects being depicted in four-views.
9 wartime photographs are
included in the colour section. These are a great and rare glimpse at the
actual colours used in the early period of WWII.
This book is a succinct
and useful resource for the aircraft modeller or
the aircraft historian.