Junkers Ju 87 Stuka, by Alan W. Hall

Junkers Ju 87 Stuka, by Alan W. Hall
Junkers Ju 87 Stuka, by Alan W. Hall

Booklet published by Warpaint Books as No.3 in the Warpaint Series, 28 pages. A4 size booklet (N5844)

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This booklet is a fascinating and detailed history of the Junkers Ju 87 Stuka, developed by the German Luftwaffe as a dive bomber and ground attack aircraft.

From the first page: The use of dive bombers in modern warfare originated in the United States, was perfect­ed and used to deadly purpose by Germany before and during World 2 and since then has almost been forgotten. Aircraft used for this role extended the ideas started in the lat­ter stages of W orId War 1 which required accurate placement of bombs on a target with the minimum danger to the aircrew engaged. Aircraft range was not a criteria as dive bombers, at least when operated by land forces, became an extension of the field commander's artillery forces but one which could destroy 'over-the-horizon' targets that could not be reached by more conventional means. At sea the dive bomber, when used by the Americans and Japanese during the war, became a decisive feature in carrier­versus-carrier engagements but were in effect an extension of the naval commander's big guns on board battleships and cruisers. In other words the dive bomber became a purely tactical weapon and if used correctly against inexperienced opposition created such havoc and confusion that the accuracy of its attack was considerably enhanced by the enemy failing to put up effective counter measures. Conversely, if ground fire was accurate, the gunners not mesmerised by the fury of the attack and maintained their discipline putting up a ver­itable wall of short range fire, the dive bomber suffered heavy casualties.

Out of the two World War 2 exponents of dive bombing, the USA and Germany, the latter had the advantage of being able to try out these methods of accurate target elimina­tion during the Spanish Civil War...

The book is illustrated throughout with lots of black and white photographs, as well as 4 pages of colour drawings showing individual profiles of aircraft with different designs and camoflauge.
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