Junkers Ju 88 Kampfgeschwader in North Africa and the Mediterranean

Junkers Ju 88 Kampfgeschwader in North Africa and the Mediterranean

Combat Aircraft 75
  • Author: John Weal
  • Illustrator: John Weal
  • Short code: COM 75
  • Publication Date: 10 Oct 2009
  • Number of Pages: 96
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This volume follows the Luftwaffe's twin-engined 'Wunderbomber' southwards to describe its deployment in North Africa and the Mediterranean theatre of war. Early 1941 saw the first sporadic air raids on Malta, followed by the campaign in the Balkans which resulted in the conquests of Yugoslavia, Greece and Crete. After supporting land operations in North Africa during the latter half of 1941, the Ju 88s resumed their assault on Malta. Bringing the story to life are personal accounts of the more famous actions - the bombing of shipping off the coast of Greece and the sinking of three Royal Navy destroyers south of Crete, all illustrated with rare photographs and full-colour profiles.

Biographical Note

Osprey's primary Luftwaffe author/artist, JOHN WEAL has written and/or illustrated more than 25 titles in the Aircraft of the Aces, Combat Aircraft and Aviation Elite Units series since 1994. Possessing one of the largest private collections of original German-language literature from World War 2, his research is firmly based on this huge archive. Fluent in German, Weal has also spent much time establishing contact with ex-members of the Luftwaffe, from General Staff Officers of the RLM to frontline aircrew. He has often used these private sources to gain access to further archival material, including complete Luftwaffe orders of battle for the various fighting fronts and individual combat reports. A freelance airbrush artist since the days of the monthly RAF Flying Review, and its various successors, Weal also helps his German wife run a small technical translation and interpreting agency.


Jan-Feb 41 - Malta
Apr-May 41 - Balkans, Greece and Crete. Luftwaffe to E.Med
Summer-Autumn 41 - North Africa; Suez Canal
Jan-Apr 42 - Renewed assault on Malta; the Malta convoys
Jan-Nov 42 - Offensive and counter-offensive in North Africa
Nov 42-May 43 - Torch and Tunisia; the end in North Africa
Summer-Autumn 43 - Defence of Sicily and southern Italy; Salerno; the Aegean
Winter 43-Spring 45 - The long withdrawal through Italy; Bari; Anzio; evacuation of the eastern Med; final surrender

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