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Messerschmitt Bf 109: books - history and deployment

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Messerschmitt Bf 109 : The Early Years - Poland, the Fall of France and the Battle of Britain (Air War Archive)

The Messerschmitt Bf 109 was the Luftwaffe's principal fighter from 1939 until 1942 when the superior Focke-Wulf Fw 190 came into greater prominence. The Bf 109 served in every theatre of the war, particularly in the invasion of France and the Low Countries, the Battle of Britain and the invasion of the Soviet Union, the Mediterranean and with Rommel in North Africa.
In the later years of the war, the Bf 109 fought with success in the defence of Germany against the Allied bombers.

The Bf 109 was the most produced fighter aircraft in history and more aerial kills were made with this fighter than any other aircraft. In this selection of unrivalled images collected over many years, and now part of the War in the Air series, the operations of this famous aircraft in the early part of the Second World War are portrayed and brought to life.

Author:Chris Goss
Specs:128 pages, 24.5 x 19 x 1.4 cm / 9.7 x 7.5 x 0.55 in, paperback
Illustrations:200 b&w photographs
Publisher:Frontline Books (GB, 2016)
EAN:9781848324794
Book: Messerschmitt Bf 109 : The Early Years - Poland, the Fall of France and the Battle of Britain (Air War Archive)

Messerschmitt Bf 109 : The Early Years - Poland, the Fall of France and the Battle of Britain

Language: English

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Dogfight: The Supermarine Spitfire and the Messerschmitt BF109

Incredibly, the men who designed the Supermarine Spitfire and the Messerschmitt Bf109 lacked any experience of designing a modern fighter. R J Mitchell had begun his career working on industrial steam locomotives, Willy Messerschmitt had cut his aeronautical teeth on light and fragile gliders and sporting planes.
Yet both men not only managed to devise aircraft which could hold their own in a world where other designs went from state-of-the-art to obsolete in a staggeringly short time, but their fighters remained competitive over six years of front-line combat.

Despite the different ways their creators approached their daunting tasks and the obstacles each faced in acceptance by the services for which they were designed, they proved to be so closely matched that neither side gained a decisive advantage in a titanic struggle.
Had either of them not matched up to its opponent so well, then the air war would have been a one-sided catastrophe ending in a quick defeat for the Allies or the Axis powers, and the course of twentieth century history would have been changed beyond recognition.

This book tells the story of both aircraft, which were both essential to the air campaigns of World War Two.

Author:David Owen
Specs:370 pages, 23.5 x 15.5 cm / 9.25 x 6.1 in, hardback
Illustrations:illustrated
Publisher:Pen & Sword Books Ltd (GB, 2015)
EAN:9781473828063
Book: Dogfight: The Supermarine Spitfire and the Messerschmitt BF109

Dogfight: The Supermarine Spitfire and the Messerschmitt BF109

Language: English

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Spitfire vs Bf 109 - Battle of Britain (Osprey)

Describes the Battle of Britain, the clash between the Spitfire I/II and the Bf 109E - detailing not only the key elements of both aircraft types - the airframe, engine, armament and flying characteristics, but also the pilots' training and tactics accompanied by diagrams of actual flight formations.
The growing influence of radar and the efforts of British air defences are also examined, as are real-life engagements - from both German and British perspectives.
With a wealth of first-hand accounts from the veterans who strapped themselves into these legendary machines as well as illustrations and cockpit-view artwork, this book puts the reader in the midst of a dogfight, providing a unique insight into one of the greatest duels of history in the world's first major aerial battle.

Contents: Introduction - Chronology - Strategic situation - Design & Development - Technical Specifications - Combatants - Combat - Analysis - Conclusion - Bibliography and further reading list.

Author:Tony Holmes
Specs:80 pages, 25 x 18.5 x 0.5 cm / 9.8 x 7.3 x 0.2 in, paperback
Illustrations:photographs and drawings (in b&w and colour)
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2007)
Series:Duel (5)
EAN:9781846031908
Book: Spitfire vs Bf 109 - Battle of Britain (Osprey)

Spitfire vs Bf 109 - Battle of Britain

Language: English

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Spitfire II/V vs BF 109F : Channel Front 1940-42 (Osprey)

With stunning artwork and detailed analysis, this volume provides a pilot's view of the dramatic clashes between these two legendary fighters, as some of the most gifted and 'big name' aces of World War II went head to head in the skies of North-West Europe.

As the Battle of Britain approached its conclusion, two new versions of the famous Spitfire and Messerschmitt Bf 109 arrived on the scene. The RAF could see that the Luftwaffe were stepping down their incursions into British airspace, and went on to the offensive.
The Spitfire Mark II, and increasingly the Mark V, would fly over the picturesque English channel in fighter sweeps, or to escort vulnerable Blenheim bombers - waiting for them was the Bf 109F 'Friedrich'.

Yet despite the reversal of offensive and defensive dispositions, and despite the Luftwaffe deploying the bulk of their fighter strength to the Eastern Front in 1941, the Jagdflieger were able to inflict severe losses on their RAF counterparts.

Contents: Introduction - Chronology - Design and Development - Technical Specifications - The Strategic Situation - The Combatants - Combat - Statistics and Analysis - Aftermath - Further Reading - Index.

Author:Tony Holmes
Specs:80 pages, 25 x 18.5 x 0.8 cm / 9.8 x 7.3 x 0.31 in, paperback
Illustrations:numerous b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2017)
Series:Duel (67)
EAN:9781472805768
Book: Spitfire II/V vs BF 109F : Channel Front 1940-42 (Osprey)

Spitfire II/V vs BF 109F : Channel Front 1940-42

Language: English

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Bf 109 D/E Aces 1939-1941 (Osprey)

The period covered in this volume was considered to be the 'glory years' for the Jagdwaffe - fresh from the experience gained in the Spanish Civil War - and for the Bf 109 in particular. Many famous pilots scored their first kills in the classic dogfights staged over Poland, Western Europe, the Channel and finally southern England. Some 40 Knight's Crosses were awarded in 1940 alone.
However, after sweeping all before them in support of the Blitzkrieg across continental Europe, the Bf 109E pilots were to suffer badly during the Battle of Britain, the result of poor tactics inflicted upon them by the Luftwaffe High Command, and their mount's less then generous range.

Contents: Birth of the Blitzkrieg - Guarding the North Sea Coast - Patrolling the Westwall - Scandinavian Sideshow - The Blitzkrieg Comes of Age - The Battle of Britain and After - Appendices.

Author:John Weal
Specs:96 pages, 25 x 18.5 x 0.9 cm / 9.8 x 7.3 x 0.35 in, paperback
Illustrations:photographs and drawings (in b&w and colour)
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 1996)
Series:Aircraft of the Aces (11)
EAN:9781855324879
Book: Bf 109 D/E Aces 1939-1941 (Osprey)

Bf 109 D/E Aces 1939-1941

Language: English

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BF 109E/F vs Yak-1/7 : Eastern Front 1941-42 (Osprey)

Step into the cockpits of the Luftwaffe's Bf 109 and the Red Air Force's Yaks 1-7, two fighters which were involved in some of the largest, fiercest aerial battles in history.
The Iconic Messerschmitt fighter and its combat hardened pilots inflicted a fearful beating on the Yaks in the beginning of the war. Some of the highest scoring aces in history benefitted from the Bf 109's technical superiority over the overweight and underpowered Yak 1, racking up incredible successes against their poorly trained and equipped adversaries.
And yet, as the Soviets accumulated combat experience, their tactics improved, as did their mounts in the upgraded Yak 1B and gradually, the Red Force eroded the Jagdwaffe's dominance of the skies in the eastern front, though with the 109G they would never lose qualitative superiority.
Featuring first-hand accounts from veteran pilots, rare archival photographs and expert analysis, this volume brings to life the vicious dogfights that took place between the Bf 109 and the Yak as they vied for mastery of the frozen skies of the Eastern Front.

Contents: Introduction - Chronology - Design & Development - Technical Specifications - Strategic Situation - Combatants - Combat - Statistics and Analysis - Aftermath - Further Reading - Index.

Author:Dmitriy Khazanov, Aleksander Medved
Specs:80 pages, 25 x 18.5 x 0.8 cm / 9.8 x 7.3 x 0.31 in, paperback
Illustrations:photographs and drawings (in b&w and colour)
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2015)
Series:Duel (65)
EAN:9781472805799
Book: BF 109E/F vs Yak-1/7 : Eastern Front 1941-42 (Osprey)

BF 109E/F vs Yak-1/7 : Eastern Front 1941-42

Language: English

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P-40 Warhawk vs Bf 109 - MTO 1942-44 (Osprey)

Although the P-40 and the Bf 109 joined the air war over North Africa at nearly the same time in 1941, the German fighter had already racked up a considerable combat career, dating back to 1937 in Spain. In contrast, the P-40 was a bit of an unknown quantity and was making its combat debut in the hands of the RAF's Desert Air Force.

Discover how the huge differences between the veteran Bf 109 and the new P-40 determined the tactics they adopted and the ultimate outcome of their epic confrontation in this book. The author covers all aspects of the aerial battle, from the small, agile Bf 109's ability to operate more effectively at high altitudes through to the P-40's advantage in manoeuvrability, which outweighed its poor high altitude performance.

Author:Carl Molesworth
Specs:80 pages, 25 x 19 x 0.6 cm / 9.8 x 7.5 x 0.24 in, paperback
Illustrations:40 b&w photographs, 20 drawings in colour
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2011)
Series:Duel (38)
EAN:9781849084697
Book: P-40 Warhawk vs Bf 109 - MTO 1942-44 (Osprey)

P-40 Warhawk vs Bf 109 - MTO 1942-44

Language: English

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Bf 109 Aces of North Africa and the Mediterranean (Osprey)

Totally outnumbered throughout their short two-year sojourn in the Western Desert, the crack fighter pilots of the handful of Jagdgeschwader in-theatre fought an effective campaign in support of Rommel's Afrika Korps against the British and American forces. Relying almost exclusively on the Luftwaffe's staple fighter of World War 2, the Messerschmitt Bf 109, the battle-hardened aces used the aircraft's superior performance to achieve incredible scores against the Allies. Similarly, once pushed out of North Africa, these units continued to take the fight to the RAF and USAAF from makeshift bases in northern Italy.

Contents: Desert Jagdflieger - 'Star of Afrika' - End of an Era - New Adversaries - Italian Debacle - Jagdgeschwader 27 'Afrika' - Appendices - Index.

Author:Jerry Scutts
Specs:96 pages, 25 x 18.5 x 0.8 cm / 9.8 x 7.3 x 0.31 in, paperback
Illustrations:photographs and drawings (in b&w and colour)
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 1997)
Series:Aircraft of the Aces (2)
EAN:9781855324480
Book: Bf 109 Aces of North Africa and the Mediterranean (Osprey)

Bf 109 Aces of North Africa and the Mediterranean

Language: English

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Bf 109 F/G/K Aces of the Western Front (Osprey)

This book charts the story of the myriad aces who flew the later marks of Messerschmitt fighter through to VE-Day. As good as the Emil had been during the opening 18 months of the war, the aircraft was being progressively bettered in virtually all aspects of aerial combat by the Spitfire come 1941, so Messerschmitt updated and improved the breed, firstly with the introduction of the Friedrich and then the multi-variant Gustav.

Contents: First Line of Defence - Defence of the Reich - Normandy and the Defence of the Reich - Appendices.

Author:John Weal
Specs:96 pages, 25 x 18.5 x 0.8 cm / 9.8 x 7.3 x 0.31 in, paperback
Illustrations:photographs and drawings (in b&w and colour)
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2000)
Series:Aircraft of the Aces (29)
EAN:9781855329058
Book: Bf 109 F/G/K Aces of the Western Front (Osprey)

Bf 109 F/G/K Aces of the Western Front

Language: English

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Messerschmitt Me 109 in Swiss Air Force Service

Describes the procurement, operation and technical aspects of the legendary Messerschmitt Me 109 in Swiss service during and after World War II. The aircraft and its procurement during the 1930s and 1940s are described in detail, as are the internal quarrels and errors in planning. The Me 109G "Gustav" is extensively discussed, and a chapter on camouflage paint and markings will be of special interest to modelers. The book also contains nearly 450 mostly unpublished photographs, including color.

Author:Georg Hoch
Specs:256 pages, 29.5 x 22.5 x 2.8 cm / 11.6 x 8.9 x 1.1 in, hardback
Illustrations:450 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Schiffer Publishing Ltd (USA, 2008)
EAN:9780764329241
Book: Messerschmitt Me 109 in Swiss Air Force Service

Messerschmitt Me 109 in Swiss Air Force Service

Language: English

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