French Fighters of
World War II in action
Color by Don Greer
Illustrated by Richard Hudson
S u m m a r y
||Aircraft Number 180
||Soft cover, landscape format, 50
pages plus covers (incl. 2 pages in full colour).
||US$8.46 from Squadron.com
||Compact and useful format for
modellers; broad coverage of French WWII subjects packed with photos;
inexpensive; attractive cover art - front and back.
||No contents or index pages; brief
coverage of individual subjects
||Recommended to anyone wanting a
succinct and inexpensive introduction to French WWII fighter aircraft..
French Fighters of World War Two in Action is available online from
By 1938, the French Armee de l'Air recognised the vulnerability
of their underequipped and obsolete fighter force in comparison to
Germany's growing Jagdwaffe. French plans to upgrade the equipment
and organisation of the Armee De l'Air was underway in 1939, but
was diverted by the German invasion of Poland and ultimately curtailed
following the French defeat in 1940.
French fighters early in the Second World War comprised an interesting
mix of promising designs and some less successful concepts. It would have
been interesting to follow the evolution of some of the more successful
French fighters had they been permitted the same style of evolution under
fire that transformed the Spitfire and the Messerschmitt Bf 109 over six
years of war.
French Fighters of World War II in Action by Alain Pelletier is
slightly different to most other "In Action" books. While most titles in
this series describe a single aircraft type, this book covers separate
seven families of French fighter aircraft. These are:
Each of the types includes a short section on the development,
operations and (where appropriate) variants and foreign service.
The advantage of this approach is the broad coverage of material in a
slim 50 page volume, ideal for modellers with an interest in the general
subject. The disadvantage is that the information is necessarily
brief. Also, the book has no contents or index page, so the reader must
flick through the pages to locate information on particular aircraft
This book otherwise follows Squadron/Signal’s popular “In Action” format with
colour cover art by Don Greer, two colour pages as a “centrefold” with ten
colour side profiles, helpful line drawings
and specifications spread over 50 pages in landscape format. As with the
rest of the series, the real backbone of these books are the multitude of
photographs packed between the covers. More than 90 wartime images are
included in this inexpensive volume.
French Fighters of World War II in Action is a good primer on this
subject. Considering the variety and extravagance of some of these French
designs and their markings, the subject has barely been covered in the English
Recommended to anyone wanting a succinct and inexpensive introduction to
French WWII fighter aircraft..
Thanks to Squadron for the review sample.
Review Copyright © 2002 by Brett
This Page Created on 14 April, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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