Read & Reviewed: Emblems of the Luftwaffe Volume 1

Tactical and Strategic Reconnaissance Units

This book is the first in what will be a series of volumes on Emblems of the Luftwaffe. The set of books will become the new definitive reference source for those of us who are not Luftwaffe researchers. The authors have researched all the emblems of the tactical, strategic and weather reconnaissance aircraft units. They have made corrections and updates to previous books on the subject. Each unit has its own set of pages, usually 2-4 pages per unit. The layout for each unit follows a standard format and is explained at the start of the book. There are photographs of aircraft displaying the emblem along with colour images of them and the tail codes of the units. If the emblem or tail codes changed at any time those are also shown, along with the time periods they were used. The unit histories are by necessity quite short, but they cover all the major points such as when and where the unit was located, the aircraft types used and where the unit was raised and disbanded. The activities of the units are also covered. The photographs used are excellent, well captioned, and for a modeller would prove very interesting. There are also several colour photographs too. The text is in German and English throughout.

From the publisher’s website:

  • Price: 68,00 Euro + postage
  • Authors: Peter Petrick, Gerhard Stemmer, Ulf Balke and Axel Urbanke
  • ISBN: 978-3-941437-30-2
  • Pages: 320
  • Photos: 412Format: 25 x 28,5 cm large-format, Hard cover plus dust jacket

In cooperation with Peter Petrick, Gerhard Stemmer and Ulf Balke, we present the first volume of the most comprehensive work to date about the emblems of the flying units of the Luftwaffe. The research behind the series has taken the better part of twenty years. Since Karl Ries’ books in the 1960s and 70s, there has not been a publication which has delved into this subject in depth while incorporating all the latest knowledge. Each volume will contain several hundred mostly unpublished black and white and color photos, as well as detailed information about the emblems. The emblems themselves will be depicted in large illustrations. The volumes will also contain many unit emblems which have never before been published or identified, as well as variants of unit emblems. The book series will therefore be of interest both to modelers and those with an historical interest in the Luftwaffe. Volume 1 deals with tactical and strategic reconnaissance units and weather reconnaissance units.

This is an excellent book on this subject and is now the definitive reference on this subject.

The book is available here.

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Paul Tosney

Paul has been with Model Builder International since almost the beginning. He started building models as a boy, and took a hiatus, but started building again a few years ago. He builds pretty much anything, but mostly WW2, with a smattering of modern and the occasional SciFi model.


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