Junkers Ju 87 Stukageschwader of the Russian Front

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Junkers Ju 87 Stukageschwader of the Russian Front

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This final volume of the Osprey trilogy on the infamous Luftwaffe dive-bomber charts its fortunes in the toughest theater of all: the Eastern Front. The fearsome reputation that the Stuka had enjoyed in the opening months of World War II (1939-1945) was shattered over the English Channel in the summer of 1940 but was restored in the invasion of the Soviet Union. Against a demoralized enemy, the Ju 87 scored a string of spectacular successes, destroying infantry, artillery and armor alike and sinking numerous ships of the Soviet Baltic Fleet. In the far north one Stukagruppe concentrated on bombing the Arctic port of Murmansk and disrupting rail traffic down into the Russian hinterland. However, as the Soviet Union slowly gathered strength, the Stuka units found themselves outnumbered, outfought, and relegated to operating under cover of darkness. The days of the dive-bomber were finally over. The Schlacht, or ground-attack, aircraft now ruled the skies above the battlefields.

Table of Contents

1: Summer 1941 to summer 1942/2: Summer 1942 to summer 1943 /3: Summer 1943/4: Autumn 1943/Index

Product details

Published Aug 19 2008
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781846033087
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 99 b/w
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Combat Aircraft
Short code COM 74
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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John Weal

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