Korean Air War

Korean Air War

Sabres, MiGs and Meteors, 1950–53

General Military
  • Author: Michael Napier
  • Short code: GNM
  • Publication Date: 18 Mar 2021
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Often overlooked, the time is now right for a new account of the Korean War (1950-53) given recent political events and, in particular, the aerial aspect. With a paucity of major accounts that go beyond one side or aspect of the conflict, Michael Napier has written this meticulously-researched new volume. The war proved a technological watershed as the piston-engined aircraft of WW2 seceded to the jet aircraft of modern times, establishing tactics and doctrine that are still valid today.

This wide-ranging study covers the parts played by the forces of North Korea, China, the former Soviet Union, the US, the UK, Australia, Canada and South Africa in a volume rich with combat reports and first-person accounts. This lavishly illustrated hardback will appeal to aviation enthusiasts and those with a fascination for the Korean War as we enter the 70th anniversary of the conflict.

Biographical Note

Michael Napier is an experienced author with six published titles to his name, including The Royal Air Force - a Centenary of Operations published by Osprey; two more books In Cold War Skies and The Vickers Wellington Squadrons of Bomber Command are also shortly to be published by Osprey. Michael is an ex-RAF Tornado pilot with combat experience over Iraq. He is thorough in his research and, because of his knowledge of air warfare, is highly qualified to write on the subject.


1 - Overview of the Land Campaign
2 - North Korean Invasion (25 June - 14 September 1950)
3 - United Nations Offensive (15 September - 25 October 1950)
4 - Chinese Counter-Offensives (26 October 1950 - 1 June 1951)
5 - Stalemate 1 (2 June 1951 - 31 December 1951)
6 - Stalemate 2 (1 January 1952 - 31 December 1952)
7 - Stalemate 3 (1 January 1953 - 27 July 1953)
8 - Conclusions