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JG 7 "Nowotny"


by Marek J. Murawski





S u m m a r y

Title and Author JG 7 "Nowotny" by Marek J. Murawski, published by Kagero
ISBN: 83-89088-01-0
Media: Soft cover, 6.5" X 9.5", 78 pages; fine quality, glossy paper
Price: £11.95
Review Type: First Read
Advantages: English and Polish text; colour profiles; reference photographs; fold-out section; colour chart approximation included.
Disadvantages: Nothing particularly new in illustrations.
Recommendation: Recommended


Reviewed by Peter A. James

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This is number three in a new series of softback books from Poland, numbers one & two being JG27 & JG26 respectively. Written in both Polish & English, the book covers JG7ís operations with the Me262, so itís timing is perfect to coincide with the new Tamiya kit.

The book is sized 6.5 X 9.5 inches & runs to 78 pages on fine quality, glossy paper.

The story starts with a brief look at the Me262ís creation, before soon moving on to the creation of JG7. There then follows a chronology of the units operations & experiences, right through until the German surrender in May 1945. These events are interspersed with brief quotes from both Allied & German pilots, appropriate to the section being recounted. A novel idea is the dividing of each page into two columns. The left one is in Polish & the right in English. There are the odd errors in translation, but nothing serious, unless you are an English teacher!

The illustrations show nothing really new, but offer a good selection of aircraft photographs & portraits to illustrate the story. Including the rear cover, there are six colour side profiles of Me262ís, together with a fold out section offering three more colour profiles. Also included is an advertising sheet for Kagero books, which includes a paint shade card! As admitted by the publishers, this is only an approximate guide, but it is well printed & offers FS numbers as well.

Summing up, this is a very readable publication on the history of this unit. The addition of colour makes it of value to both the modeller & historian alike. Whether the other two books are trying to cover too much compared with this one I do not know, as I have not seen them. But this book has proved to be a worthwhile addition to my library.


Review Copyright © 2001 by Peter A. James
This Page Created on 08 June, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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