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LATE-PRODUCTION TWINS

Kagero has dedicated two of its TopDrawings publications to Messerschmitt’s Bf 110 and while the first covers early machines, the second is devoted to the later production Bf 110E to -G versions.

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CLASSIC DIVE-BOMBER

Modellers with Stuka projects in any scale will find Valiant Wings’ latest Airframe & Miniature invaluable.

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FREE TO FLY

The 26th addition to MMP’s Polish Wings series explores how crews enlisted from liberated areas of Poland trained to fly the Soviet-designed Petlyakov Pe-2 divebomber, transitioning to them from the Tupolev USB trainer via the dual-control UPe-2 sub-variant.

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ARMOURED GROUCH

While many books have dealt with German’s Sturmpanzer (also known as Brummbär – grouch), this is one of the first to examine a specific unit.

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UNSUCCESSFUL SALIENT

Casemate’s treatise on Operation Market Garden is a superbly detailed study of the combined aerial and land-based ‘push’ into the Netherlands during September 1944, which ultimately fell short of its targets.

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ARMOURED CATS IN THE WEST

Dennis Oliver’s third volume on Tiger I and II tanks covers German Army and Waffen-SS units on the Western Front during the final months of World War Two.

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AIRBORNE LEVIATHANS

The third volume in Crécy’s American Secret Projects series is the final element of a two-part collection on airlifter designs and covers aircraft from 1962 to the present day.

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KURT TANK’S MASTERPIECE

While there’s no shortage of reference guides dedicated to the Focke-Wulf Fw 190, this Monographs Special Edition book from Kagero is an exhaustive source of information for the radial-engined Fw 190A, S, F and G variants.

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TACTICAL RENAISSANCE

Many historians cite the Spanish Civil War as being the testing ground for the Luftwaffe’s tactical development in the years preceding World War Two, and Osprey’s latest Air Campaign volume examines the earlier conflict in detail.

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EAST ANGLIA TO THE MIDLANDS

While the firm is arguably most famous for its Defiant turret-equipped fighter, this Fonthill Media volume reveals the Boulton Paul company has a far richer history than just this one somewhat unsuccessful type.