Claes Sundin's latest collection of published profiles, "Luftwaffe Night Fighters" continues the tradition of his previous releases in being a highly informative, colourful and enjoyable text that screams "quality". This is a great book.
In this volume, aviation enthusiasts have been treated to a peerless collection of profiles that highlight the range of aircraft types deployed by the Luftwaffe's night fighter force in WWII.
The usual introductory section does an excellent job of succinctly summarising the organisation of the night fighter arm as well as the race for technical advantage that so defined this aspect of the air war. The overview of Bomber Command's strategy in WWII gives added context, not least serving to remind the reader of the barely comprehensible price paid by aircrew of the Royal Air Force in taking the war to the German homeland. The suffering endured by the civilian population as a result of "Total War" is not overlooked.
However it is the profiles that are obviously the basis of this volume and they do not disappoint. The range of aircraft types employed by the Luftwaffe night fight arm as it attempted to defend the homeland are on full display here. This includes the early hastily adapted Messerschmitt, Dornier and Junker designs to the technologically superior Heinkel 219. The forced adaptation of aircraft in roles for which they were never intended, remains the basis for many enthusiast's fascination with the Luftwaffe and the night fighter force in particular.
All profiles have been completed in exquisite detail. A broad variety of source material has clearly been used to create the wide variety of aircraft depicted in this volume. The often elaborate camouflage schemes are beautifully executed and each profile highlights the additional hardware necessary for the night fighter role that gave these machines their exotic and often menacing look. The colours are vivid and look stunning against the neutral white background used in these volumes.
Each profile is accompanied with extended captions. A great deal of research has gone into these notes that cover aircraft performance, tactics, aspects of the pilot's career, the unit's history and or an explanation details of the actual aircraft's camouflage and markings when necessary. Great to see some explanation of the particular colours shown in many of the profiles, especially when they challenge previous ideas on the subject. It is also intriguing to read some of the previously obscure (to me at least) operational details such as the unit formed to shoot down ball bearing carrying Mosquitos.
A very pleasant surprise was to see the inclusion of aircraft deployed in Operation Donnerkeil or the "Channel Dash" as it is more popularly known, as well as aircraft deployed in the night fighter role on the Russian Front.
A superb collection of inspiring profiles for aviation enthusiasts and modellers alike.
Can't wait for the accompanying volume on Luftwaffe bombers.
Luftwaffe Night Fighters Profile Book No. 5 by Claes Sundin
Claes has done it again! I have enjoyed his last profilbok. Every time I bought one of his books, my first thought was that It could not be any better than this, but it can apparently. This is the book for all that have an fascination for the men and the machines "which fought duells under the stars", as well as for all that has an the interest in the Luftwaffe, or the Second World War air war.
In his traditional way, Claes presents
his material in chronological order, and it is by now not only
profiles that arouses interest. There is a wealth of interesting
information in writing about each profile. By others, an example
we learn that Steinhoff flew a Bf 109 D (N) JG2 in the German
Bight in December -39, also that Schnaufer's first action was
during the Donnerkeil (the Cannel Dash) etc.etc. Other exciting
information (to me unknown) was that both the Dornier 17 and
215 served as night birds.
For model builder, the book is a treasure trove. It abounds with amazing variations and camouflage. What about Me 262 B-1a, the Bf 109G-10 and K-4, Ju 88 G-6 with magnetron transmitter (no "hunting horns")? A Ju 88 G-6 with strangely painted fin. The last years of the war, with the most amazing camouflage, which must have caused Claes incomprehensible problems and will give the builder something to bite into.
However, Is there not something I'm missed out? Well actually, a page with drawings of all the different antenna arrangements with their mounts.
In short, buy the book and enjoy.
Finally I got spare time enough to enjoy your new book for a couple of hours, and I can only say that's a really nice job.
As you also mention in the book, Luftwaffe Nachtjagd has always caught my interest. Not considering an expert myself, I have readed as much as possible about their history and achievements, about its "Experten" and the hard battles against the RAF "Mosquitos"...
Regarding your book, I found the following points worth to be mentioned:
1/ The variety of types used by the Nachjagd
and correspondingly displayed in your publication. At this point,
the size comparison of all of them at the first pages is quite
Leaving apart some typos, the text captions asigned to each profile are quite informative and worth to be readed as small stories in the context of a much bigger story.
In short another fantastic addition to your illustration work and to my library's crowded shelves. I just can keep anxiously awaiting for your next work to be released in October.
Best regards from Madrid.
César M. Martín-Sáez/Spain
"Fascinating book, the best work I ever seen about the Luftwaffe Night
Has now really enjoyed myself few days
with your latest book. It's great - the profiles are gorgeous,
with the quality and selection that you spoiled us readers already.What
I particularly appreciate this time is your introduction to night
fighing and short texts on each profile.
Very pleased with this book, and now look forward to the next.
Janne Carlsson/ Sweden
As far as the book is concerned, its just great. I found the profiles to be highly detailed and the research on the aircraft to be impressive.
I will definitely buy the complete set over the next few months.
Mustafa Aziz/United Arab Emirates
M v h
"The new profile book with colour
schemes of german nightfighters fighters of WW 2 is at the moment
the best and outstanding publication for the modeler and historian
I have ever seen.
on Monday evening I've received your new Profile book. I've read it the last two evenings after work. The Soccer-EM has lost, the book was much more interesting ;-)). In Germany we say, I've eaten the book!
Yes, a really great new book from you. Especially the new plane profiles, like the He 219 or the Me 262 twoseater or the really rare Do 215 and Do 217 and the Ju 88 G version. Really great to see also other types of planes than previously. Also the very detailed comments not only to the plans or the pilots, but also to the historical facts. Over 7.000 shot down airplanes, wow, this number I didn't know before. Claes, great job done and I'm looking forward to your next profile book in autumn.
Claes I'm looking forward to your next great deal.
The book arrived on Monday, and once again I have to say you've outdone yourself. Fantastic profiles (as always), and I love the variety. The variations of the camouflage patterns were especially interesting and I'm sure must have come about from lots of research. Definitely happy to be adding this one to my bookshelf alongside all your other books!
I have one minor request for your next book(s), if possible: could you provide larger versions of victory markings? I love the squadron/group badges, but since there's such a variation in victory markings I think it would be great to see them in more detail. Just my hope!
All of your books arrived today in great shape, thanks to your excellentpacking. Thank you for including the three extra profile sheets, and your Panzer Profiles book, all autographed!
I have numerous questions and maybe a request or two based on your illustrations, especially since you rely heavily on actual photographs. I hope you won't mind my pestering you.
These are excellent books. Thank you for the wonderful service, and I look forward to your future editions.
I have well recieved your book from the local post office as wished. Everything very fine.
The book is gorgeous, since it is a collection of not often published subjects and they are combined to a n=124 mass! Cary on this great work, whereas enjoying the current colourwork with greatest excitement I already kindly anticipate what is comining next!
Mit freundlichen Grüßen
Dr. Georg Menke/Germany
My copy of Luftwaffe Night Fighters has arrived, thank you very much.
With Luftwaffe Nightfighters being my favourite research and modelling subject, reading through the beautifully printed and presented pages, it was like visiting old friends and meeting a few new ones.
It's hard to believe night fighters aren't a keen interest of yours as the detailed work in the profiles is stunning and continues your legacy of fine work.
I can only hope another volume may be possible in future with so many more available subjects from a truly fascinating aspect of World War II aerial warfare.
Very Best Regards;
David Mc Kee/UK
I got your Book 2 Days ago (Need the
two Days to go through all the Pages) Your Nightfighter Book
fills a Gap and fits perfect to all the Publications, (as well
from others) what are mainly about Dayfighters. The Quality is
as usual, perfect from you. Waiting until more Ideas and Prints
from you coming up. I also like the Texts, what explains a lot
of as it was.
Best Wishes for upcoming Profilemaking
I just received your book today.
Let me say that again you did an amazing job with your new book. The variety of the aircraft used by the night fighters and the different color schemes are perfectly compiled in this book. I especially like the weathering used on the profiles, which makes the aircraft even more lively.
Many thanks and looking forward to your next book.
"Ride to live, live to ride"
The eagerly awaited book arrived today in perfect condition - and I must say it is indeed probably your best work to date. The degree of realism and attention to detail you have achieved is absolutely superb! I also liked the mix of the subjects which includes some of the lesser known aircraft types and pilots. I am now definitely looking forward to the release of Profile Book No. 6...
Cheers and all the best,
Wolfgang Ollig / Germany
The profiles are just great. What a delight
to turn every page in expectation what coming up next.
Dear Claes...just the books are on my hands...as usually Excellent service.
I have a lot of profile books on my library including all your titles,.... this book is the best of the best of all, simply impressive work related with a less know subject;the quality of the drawings, the details included on each profile are superb, the explanation text is also a really excellent addition on the book. _Really I think that is really difficult to improve more the quality of your work, perhaps if the profiles can fly....
Only waiting for the next ones...
Jose luis Fauste/Spain
I received the book yesterday, it is very nice, the profiles are superb. As always a wonderful book!
Thank you very much
Jean Marc Regnier/France
yesterday I received the new Profile
Book No.5 in perfect condition, thanks for the fast shipping.
Cheers and the wish that you keep up the good work
Today i've received the book from the post office, Thanks for this magnificent book again, You surpassed yourself in this book, I'm looking forward to your second edition of your first profile book, I missed this book for my collection, Thank you so much for your stunning work.
I was waiting for a book like this many
years ago. German nightfighters are my favourite planes, and
this book is going to be my favourite book. If the previous books
were great, this one is superb. The detailed profiles make me
enjoy every page.
"Fascinating book, the best work
I ever seen about the Luftwaffe Night Fighters. Every profile
is a masterpiece in itself, with very useful informations in
the texts. Many of them very interesting - for example I'm specially
liked the interpretation of Hptm. Helmut Lent's Do 215 B-5, Werner
Streib's and Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow's Uhus, and so on...
The book has arrived in perfect condition! Thanks!
And as usual, the book is superb and
of great interest as night fighters almost a rarity among flighter
profiles. As usual the profiles almost jump up to ones face when
the book is opened, world class!
A very satisfied customer:
Jonas NP Lindström/Sweden
Very nice!! Keep up your good work!
Aaron Scott/United Kingdom
I've just received your fine book-Profilebook- Luftwaffe Night Fighter. What's a fantastick book you made! Your art work is fine and beautiful. Regarding ace's machine,I got many informations by this book. I also enjoyed profile of He219 Uhu's drawings. I think this book is a must for all Luftwaffe nightfighter enthusiast.