Heinkel He 177 Greif Heinkel’s Strategic Bomber - Smith & Creek - Classic - Rare


Heinkel He 177 Greif Heinkel’s Strategic Bomber - Smith & Creek - Classic - Rare

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Heinkel He 177 Greif: Heinkel’s Strategic Bomber - J. Richard Smith & Eddie J. Creek - Classic Publications / Ian Allan (reprinted recently NOT OOP)


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Another outstanding volume from Classic Publications (now owned by Crecy Publishing via Ian Allan Publishing). J. Richard Smith is undisputedly one of the world’s foremost authorities on the history of the Luftwaffe. His works include the landmark publication Jet Planes of the Third Reich as well as Arado 234 Blitz, Luftwaffe CamouFlage & Markings 1935-45, Me 262 and numerous other leading aviation titles. Eddie J. Creek has for many years worked in partnership with Richard Smith producing a wealth of the most historically accurate line drawings and colour artwork so far published on aviation in the Third Reich. As a historian and enthusiast, he has been actively collecting documents and photographs relative to the history of the Luftwaffe for over 30 years.


208 page hardback (2012 reprint) absolutely packed with photos, drawings and information - really superb stuff & absolutely essential for Luftwaffe fans!


This 2008 original was reprinted in 2012 but has once again become hard to find, commanding premium prices.


Here's some reviews from Amazon.co.uk customers who gave the book five out of five stars: the words are NOT my own and are used for descriptive purposes only


review # 1


What Hermann Goering and the Luftwaffe brass wanted before World War 2 was a heavy, four engined bomber, similar to the Boeing B-17 being developed in America. Due to short sightedness, the project was put on hold several times while the German leaders conducted what they thought would be a short range, limited war involving battles between their immediate neighbours that would require only medium bombers with small bomb loads that could be produced quickly. Eventually given the nod in 1939, the prototype didn't fly until 1941 and didn't enter combat until November 1942. It's service time was short, by the end of 1944 all Heinkel 177s were grounded due to the fuel shortages suffered by Germany.


This book is a VERY well researched project by the two authors and I enjoyed it very much. The first half of it encompasses the development, research, and flight testing, the second half of the book covers introduction to service, combat, and eventual demise of the He-177, as well as a large section from the aircraft manual, the aircraft descibed technically, and a listing by airframe of all He-177s built and their final disposition, i.e. crashed, scrapped, etc..


Fortunately for the Allies, the Heinkel Company was never able to correct the deficiencies in the coupled engines and never received permission until too late to convert it into a truly four-engine bomber, otherwise the Germans might have eventually had a true strategic bomber on their hands.


This is the second book by the authors I have purchased, the original one being JV-44, The Galland Circus. As with that book, I would highly recommend this one to any serious student of Germany's Air Force.


review # 2


Once again Classic Publications has produced an excellent reference work

on another of Germany's unusual warplanes.


This volume has only a few colour profiles and some wartime colour pictures but the majority of the information is presented in factory drawings and B&W photos.


The He 274 and He 277 four engined variations are also included.


Period drawings and illustrations taken from Luftwaffe maintenance manuals provide modellers and historians with clear details of the interior and exterior features of this often maligned aircraft. A quality publication that is definitely worth all 5 stars!!




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