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Posted by: Abrizzolari Air Campaign Review
Posted on: 30/10/2018 11:59:57

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Posted by: Abrizzolari
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Joined Date: Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Hi, i want to share about the new Air Campaign series, i just read the third book in a row, first a read Battle of Britain then Malta's air campaign and finally i read Rabaul.


I have to say this is a very good series, but i think it lacks deep in the campaign details, for example 1 book for Battle of Britain is nothing, i miss the stages of the battle, it could be split in 3 books (like barbarossa in Campaign series) and first of all, it lacks order of battle for the entire campaign, it's ok the air foce, luftflotte level of information, but i read this books looking for squadrons level of information. The rabaul book offers a detailed explanation about the planning of the allies for isolate de Rabaul base, is a very good book explaining the defences and offensive capabalities of both bands, but the description of air battles is like "10 F4U, 8 Hellcats, 12 B-25 attacks in X day of X month and japanese defended with 52 Fighters", this is the kind of information i was looking for, but the other way around like "10 F4U of VMFxx, 8 hellcats of VFxx and 12 B-25 of xx Bomber Group are received by 52 fighters of xx, and xx kokutai".


Sorry about this critic but i really want to know more about the tactical battles with more detailed strategic planning, i hope this series evolved into a much deeper study like campaign series has become (in the first books 1 title for the campaign of france and the later split this campaing in 4 or more books). i understand the first books was more general and more wide vision, but i hope in the future we could see a more detailed information for air campaign books. still, i'm waiting for new books published for this series, the next one i get is "Sink the Tirpitz 1942–44".

Regards to all

Posted on: 30/10/2018 12:00:00
Posted by: Paintybeard
Total Posts: 334
Joined Date: Monday, 4 February 2013

I've got to admit that I was a bit disappointed in the Air Campaign about The Battle of Britain too. The author seemed to spent a very large proportion of the book discussing the various merits of each sides fighter aircraft, which is surely better covered in the "Duel" series. I had hoped for more coverage of the plans and organisation of each side. As the previous contributor said; there is rather a lot of ground being covered in this title, perhaps concentrating on a smaller section of the battle would have given us a better book.


 The only other title in this series I have read so far was the book about Rabaul. I found this much more useful, probably because I know rather less about the whole Pacific War, so there was a lot more new material to digest.

Posted on: 30/10/2018 13:27:06

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