The Air War Over The Eastern
Volume 1, Operation Barbarossa,
Volume 2, Resurgence,
Bergström and Andrey Mikhailov
S u m m a r y
||Vol 1. Hard cover; 8.5 x 11
format; 336 pages, matte paper, with 187 Photos, Maps, Index &
Appendix. ISBN 0-935553-48-7
Vol 2. Hard cover; 8.5 x 11 format; 232
pages, glossy paper, with 160 Photos, some in color, 31 color
aircraft profiles by Claes Sundin, Tom Tullis and Jim Laurier.
Maps, Index & Appendix. ISBN 0-935553-51-7
||Volume 1, fascinating
insight into one of the largest air campaigns of WW2 but also one
of the least known. Pilot descriptions of air to air engagements
and meticulously researched accounts of day to day battles in the
skies over the Eastern Front.
Volume 2, builds on the benchmark set by
Vol 1. narrative of tactical operations lends itself to a great
feel for harsh conditions and monumental losses encountered by
both sides. Color artwork and profiles by Claes Sundin, Tom Tullis
and Jim Laurier are a great bonus for modelers of Eastern Front
||Some photos and maps in
Volume 1 are dark and blurry, no color, matte paper seems to not
reproduce sharp images. These have been addressed in Volume 2 and
hopefully further Volumes will be in same glossy format.
Can be expensive for Australian modelers
if bought from mainstream book stores. Prices of AUD$110.00 are
not uncommon. It will pay to shop around or even buy from
overseas. Wife will kill me when she realizes that there are 4
more volumes yet to be bought!
||Highly recommended for
modelers and history buffs alike.
Reviewed by Mark L Tucker
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This is not your typical review as it has been some time, August
2000, since the release of the first volume in the Black Cross/Red
I had actually purchased Volume 2, Resurgence, January - June
1942, before obtaining Volume 1, Operation Barbarossa 1941.
I was tempted to buy Volume 1 some time ago but was put off by the
omission of color artwork and the lack of modeler references. I seem
to purchase books from a purely modeling point of view i.e. is it a
subject that I am interested in and does it have references that I can
use in construction of my models. Color, profiles and drawings are a
big draw card to me.
It was only after starting to read Volume 2 that I gained somewhat
of an insight into how great this series was going to be that I
decided to go out and buy Volume 1.
Whilst Volume 1 has great detail and a narrative feel about it, a
style of writing which I enjoy, I thought the book suffered from some
problems with blurry and dark photos and maps. I also found some of
the text hard to read because the matte paper seemed to allow the text
of the reverse side of the page to show through. These shortcomings
have been overcome in Volume 2. This has been printed on glossy paper,
similar to that seen in the Classic Publications Me 262 series.
Volume 2, to me as a modeler has a much more appeal. There are 31
color aircraft profiles by Claes Sundin, Tom Tullis and Jim Laurier.
Most of you would be familiar with Claes and Tom's work from books
such as Schiffer's Luftwaffe Fighter Aircraft In Profile, Eagle
Editions EagleFiles series and Classic Publications Luftwaffe Classics
series. I haven't seen any of Jim Laurier's work before but I must say
that I do like the profiles he has done in this book.
Here is a small profile of one of the aircraft featured in Black
Cross Red Star, Volume 2, Resurgence January-June 1942
By Claes Sundin
Polikarpov I-153, Starshiy Leytenant Alexsandr
Baturin, Deputy commander of
1 Eskadrilya/71 IAP/61 AB/VVS-KBF, Bychye Pole,
Soviet Union, Summer 1942
Whilst these books are not written purely for the
modeler they will form a valuable part in anyone's library of
references. The information and some of the more interesting facts
such as the parasite fighter I-16 fighters loaded with bombs and
carried underneath the wings of TB-3 bombers as well as the Soviet
tactics of ramming not only air targets but ground targets are
On a side note. It would be great to see a set of
decals released for some of the aircraft depicted in the profiles
contained within. I know most of the aircraft may have decals
available by other manufactures and that some of the aircraft depicted
may not be available in kit form but it would be nice to have.
Maybe something for Christer and Andrey to include in
the next installments in the series? Who knows, its just a thought.
Finally, a great series so far, can't wait for the
next book. Go out and buy Volumes 1 & 2 if you haven't already done
Thanks to Craig Chidley from Aeroworks
email@example.com 14 Lewis Court, Montague
Farm, S.A. 5095 AUSTRALIA, for tracking down Volume 1 for me.
Black Cross Red Star is
http://www.pacificamilitary.com overseas or
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