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Mushroom Model Magazine Special

Werner "Vati" Mölders

by Robert Michulec  


S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: Blue Series Vol. 1 No 7101
ISBN: 83-73000-012-7
Media: Soft cover; 9.5" x 6.5" format; 88 pages
Price: UK£9.99 (plus £1 p&p for Europe; £1.50 p&p for the rest of the world)
Review Type: First Read
Advantages: Interesting story of an important Luftwaffe figure; well organised chronologically; many excellent photos of the man, his environment and his machines.
Disadvantages: Some artwork slightly fuzzy.
Recommendation: Recommended.


Reviewed by Brett Green


F i r s t   L o o k


Werner Mölders was the first pilot to reach the almost unimaginable number (until that time) of 100 victories. He fought in Spain, France, over Britain and on the Eastern Front before dying as a passenger in a flying accident on the way to Ernst Udet's funeral. His influence and name outlived him in the wartime Luftwaffe and post-war Germany.

This determined character was equally devoted to his role as a leader. His pilots and crew dubbed him "Vati" (Daddy) in reference to his attitude toward them and his experience. Mölders even used the nickname for himself from time to time.

Robert Michulec's book is an interesting history of the man and the events that shaped him. The focus is, not surprisingly, his Luftwaffe service. Given the intensity of his seven year career with the Luftwaffe, it is unlikely that he had much of a personal life in any case! 

During the course of his book Michulec explores the legend and the pilot; examines Mölders from today's perspective and explodes some myths set in place by British Intelligence.

88 pages are packed with many photographs and readable text. The book is interspersed with Tables summarising victories in different theatres. The book concludes with 8 pages of colour artwork.

I found this book to be an enjoyable read and I look forward to future titles in the series.



All Mushroom Model Publications books are available direct from the publishers, who now DO accept credit cards (Visa, MC, Amex, Switch)! North American distributors are Squadron/MMD, Australian distributors are Platypus Publications. In Europe, the books are available from any good bookshop (via our UK distributors, Orca). Contact MMP direct in case of difficulties.

Thanks to Roger at Mushroom Model Magazine  for the sample.

Review Copyright © 2000 by Brett Green
This Page Created on 05 November, 2000
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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