By John Baxter
This is number 22 in the Classic series on Luftwaffe aircraft - a solo effort by Eddie J Creek (without J Richard Smith this time), and itís most impressive, as you would expect. As explained within the book, the Ju 87 was nowhere near the failure it was purported to be and as is often suggested in many texts. Designed as Ďflying artilleryí, its task was to Ďsoftení the way ahead for the infantry and armour. And it did this for a long time and on many fronts during WW2 despite its growing obsolescence. Sure, it suffered when air superiority didnít exist, but where that did exist the Junkers Ju 87 Stuka was extremely proficient in its tasks!
This is, without a doubt, the best book yet on the Junkers Ju 87 Iíve ever read! And thatís saying something. Previously, Iíd thought the earlier 2001 Airflife production by Manfred Griehl an excellent publication, but this Classic edition surpasses it, easily! Sure, some of the b&w and indeed some colour photos arenít new, but many are, so the pictorial content is extremely pleasing, especially those illustrations from the Junkers handbooks. The colour interpretations from accompanying b&w photos are top quality and the sheer number of photos, all crisp, is outstanding. Itís a compelling historical presentation spread over 326 pages, profusely illustrated with 37 colour and 822 b&w photos, 26 aircraft colour profiles plus over 100 b&w line drawings/profiles/3-views. Prominent Luftwaffe and industrial figures are featured in small personal histories throughout the pages, adding even more information to an extensively researched and presented work
Itís an exceptionally good read Ė itís an excellent reference work for modellers Ė and if you need just one book on the Junkers Ju 87 Ė this is it! All others are now completely eclipsed. If I said this was an amazing book, Iíd be understating the fact. This is very highly recommended. It is a great book for any aviation enthusiast at a very competitive price and is available from Hylandís Bookshop in Melbourne www.hylandsbookshop.com.au or 03 9654 7448 for about $90. An absolute must for the Luftwaffe enthusiast!
Many thanks to Ms Orietta Colussi of DLS for the review copy.
Reviewed by John Baxter