Jagdgeschwader 53 'Pik-As'

Jagdgeschwader 53 'Pik-As'

Aviation Elite Units 25
  • Author: John Weal
  • Illustrator: John Weal, Mark Postlethwaite
  • Short code: AEU 25
  • Publication Date: 5 Dec 2007
  • Number of Pages: 128
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Arguably the archetypal Luftwaffe fighter unit of World War 2, JG 53 aircraft were encountered on almost every fighting front from the first day of hostilities until the last. During almost six years of near-constant campaigning, JG 53 took a steady toll of Allied aircraft in every theatre it fought over. The variety of camouflage finishes worn by its machines -winter white, desert dapple and Reich's defence black - and the progression of variants are reflected in an eye-opening colour section. John Weal has spent several years researching in German archives and this, together with his personal contact with several veterans, results in an authoritative and human account of JG 53's long and eventful war.

Biographical Note

Osprey's primary Luftwaffe author/artist, John Weal has written and/or illustrated six titles in the Aircraft of the Aces series and three in the Combat Aircraft series dealing with German aircraft and pilots, he has also supplied artwork for a further eleven books in the list. 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. This is his eighth book in the Aviation Elite Units series.

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