Arado Ar 196 Units in Combat

Arado Ar 196 Units in Combat

Combat Aircraft 136
  • Author: Peter de Jong
  • Illustrator: Janusz Swiatlon, Mark Postlethwaite
  • Short code: COM 136
  • Publication Date: 18 Feb 2021
  • Number of Pages: 96
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Beating its biplane rivals in a 1936 Reich Air Ministry design competition, the Arado Ar 196 provided the Kriegsmarine with possibly the best shipborne reconnaissance seaplane of World War II. Replacing the Heinkel He 60 biplane as the standard catapult-launched floatplane embarked on the Kriegsmarine's capital ships, the Ar 196 flew an assortment of combat missions during World War II, including coastal patrol, submarine hunting, light bombing, general reconnaissance and convoy escort sorties. The first vessel to take its Ar 196A-1s to sea was the pocket battleship Graf Spee, which embarked two in the autumn of 1939. The battleships Bismarck and Tirpitz could carry six Arados each, the battlecruisers Gneisenau and Scharnhorst four and smaller pocket battleships and cruisers two. Shore-based aircraft were also operated from coastal ports on the Channel, Baltic, North Sea and Bay of Biscay coasts, as well as in the Balkans and Mediterranean.

In this title, supported by an excellent selection of photographs and full-colour illustrations, Peter de Jong explores the history of the Arado Ar 196, detailing their development and assessing the combat capabilities of one of the last fighting seaplanes.

Biographical Note

A professional editor and translator, Peter de Jong has collaborated on numerous modern history and aviation history books, and written several books of his own and dozens of magazine articles since 1995. For Osprey, he covered the Dornier Do 24 flying boat and the Fokker D.XXI fighter.Janusz Swiatlon lives in Krakow, Poland. A veteran of service with the Polish Army's 6th Pomorska Dywizja Powietrzno-Desantowa (an airborne unit) in the 1980s, he is both an enthusiast of aviation historian and a military modeller. As an illustrator, he has created numerous colour aircraft profiles published in magazines and books by AF Editores, Kagero, Chevron, Stratus and other publishing houses, including Osprey.


Development and production

Several Chapters
German use, to be organised chronologically, thematically or geographically, including use by German navy surface raiders; use by German home fleet; use as shore-based patrol aircraft; use in special operations - insertion and extraction of agents; North (Arctic), West (Atlantic), South (Mediterranean), East (Baltic and Black Seas)

Use by other countries: Bulgaria, Romania, Finland, Soviet Union

1. Ar 196 Units, bases and dates
3. Colour Plates commentaries

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