Black Cross, Red Star: Air War Over The Eastern Front Vol.2 - Bergstrom - Rare


Black Cross, Red Star: Air War Over The Eastern Front Vol.2 - Bergstrom - Rare

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Black Cross, Red Star - The Air War Over The Eastern Front - volume 2, Resurgence - January to June 1942 - Christer Bergstrom & Andrey Mikhailov - Pacifica Military History


RARE & OOP - SUPERB BOOK!


Difficult to find book - there were three books in this series, although there were supposed to be four. Rumour has it that the authors fell out with the publishers and never released the fourth planned book. As far as I am aware, Christer Bergstrom then had the books re-hashed and re-printed by Classic Publications (who at the time had been bought out by Ian Allan Publishing) and also one volume by Jerry Crandall's Eagle Editions - so whilst the Classic Publications books (with titles such as 'Bagration To Berlin' and 'Kursk - The Air Battle') are much more common, collectors prefer these original pressings because of the greater number of photos, and greater amount of text. More importantly, the books shed a huge amount of new light on the Air War on the Eastern Front.


Really, an essential book for fans of the Luftwaffe & the War In Russia & one which rarely appear on , at least in the UK.



Here's an Amazon customer review (2002) which gives the book 5 out of 5 stars: the words are NOT my own and are used for descriptive purposes only


Looking at BC/RS as a series, the overwhelming weight of reviewers rate it 5-stars. I heartily agree. The authors are gifted, analysing the multiple factors relevant to combat and battle outcomes, then expressing their findings in an easily readable way.

The text is authoritative. To see where they got such a boggling mix of information, check the back of the book: their "Sources" fill more than 4 pages. Their approach is even-handed, it relies on facts to give an unvarnished view of true history.


Events are organised by Eastern Front combat zones with the focus on how air battles affected the outcome of major battles. As with Volume 1, the authors continue to illuminate new material and go on to dig into reasons why. A prime example is their thought-provoking chapter on the Demyansk pocket airlift.


Throughout the text, outstanding pilots of both sides get recognition for their exploits and often enough the worthy but lesser knowns also get their due.


In one respect, volume 2 improves on its predecessor -- illustrations. Photos are better. Also, fresh, hi-quality profile art of representative aircraft is abundant. Captions often add interesting detail.


A brief review can not capture all the strengths of this work which breaks new ground and does it so well. I've tried to avoid being redundant with other reviewers and recommend that interested buyers also check into other comments, including those for Volume 1.


228 page hardcover published 2001



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