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mbfRoy
01-18-2008, 08:00 AM
Hello all,

A friend of mine is going to London for a week this Sunday and I want him to buy me 2 books: one about allied (US preferably) tactics/strategy during WWII (focused mainly in operations in different theaters, why certain objectives were chosen, loses during the war, statistics, etc) and another one about an ace (doesn't really matter if it's blue or red http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif ), so everything involving dogfighting or tactics used for fighters etc.

The thing is, I have no idea of where to start so, which two books would you recommend me?

mbfRoy
01-18-2008, 08:00 AM
Hello all,

A friend of mine is going to London for a week this Sunday and I want him to buy me 2 books: one about allied (US preferably) tactics/strategy during WWII (focused mainly in operations in different theaters, why certain objectives were chosen, loses during the war, statistics, etc) and another one about an ace (doesn't really matter if it's blue or red http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif ), so everything involving dogfighting or tactics used for fighters etc.

The thing is, I have no idea of where to start so, which two books would you recommend me?

Mysticpuma2003
01-18-2008, 08:08 AM
Can't really say he's an Ace but "First Light" by Geoffrey Wellum is one I would heartily recommend. Brilliantly written and makes you feel as though you're in the cockpit with him!

Short review here:

http://www.accampbell.uklinux.net/bookreviews/r/wellum.html

Second book I'd recommend is "Jane's Battles with the Luftwaffe: The Bomber Campaign against Germany, 1942-45" by Theo Boiten and Martin Bowman

It's a very balanced account from both USAAF and Luftwaffe POV, with lots of detail and lots of anecdotes from the pilots on both sides.

Short Review here:

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0NXL/is_3_16/ai_94269873

Either should impress, cheers, MP.

TgD Thunderbolt56
01-18-2008, 08:19 AM
Here's a short list of some of the traditional "Must-haves":

Wild Blue Stephen Ambrose

Black Sheep One Bruce Gamble

Gunther Rall: A Memoir Gunther Rall/ Jill Amadio

Samurai! Saburo Sakai

Fighter Pilot Paul Ritchey

Stuka Pilot Hans Ulrich Rudel

I flew for the Fuhrer Heinz Knoke

Skies of Fire Alfred Price

Gunner Donald Nijboer

Attack of the Airacobras Dmitry Loza

These are a few that offer diverse reading and are a little more obscure. Enjoy.


TB

JG14_Josf
01-18-2008, 09:42 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">so everything involving dogfighting or tactics used for fighters etc </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Fighter Combat (http://www.sci.fi/%7Efta/fighter_combat.htm)

http://www.sci.fi/~fta/Fighter_Combat.jpg

That book covers it.

Here is another one:

Aerial Attack Study (http://www.d-n-i.net/boyd/pdf/boydaerialattack.pdf)

crucislancer
01-18-2008, 09:56 AM
I highly recommend "To Fly and Fight" by Bud Anderson. Fantastic account of his time with the 357th FG, some great combat accounts, interesting anecdotes, particularly about flying and combat. The book covers everything from his childhood days up through about 1990 or so. One of the segments on the very first Dogfights episode (the 2 hour Greatest Air Battles) covers one battle of his that is also the first chapter of his book.

"JG 26: Top Guns of the Luftwaffe" by Don Caldwell is a fantastic account of this Jagdgeschwader's experiences from before the war all the way to the end, with anecdotes from both Allied and Axis pilots, including a forward from Adolf Galland. Very detailed, or as detailed as can be in some cases, there is a lot of info in this book. Highly recommended.

FliegerAas
01-18-2008, 10:28 AM
Take a look here (in German and English [just click the flag at the bottom of the site]):

http://www.neunundzwanzigsechs.de/main.php

ViktorViktor
01-18-2008, 02:30 PM
Visit www.amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com) and search for the type of book you want. In many cases, when you find one that looks likely, you will be able to view an excerpt from the book.

It's a great way to hunt for books without actually being able to thumb through it in reality.

buddye1
01-18-2008, 02:42 PM
If you are interested in the Battle of Britain, then the best reference is:

The Most Dangerous Enemy by Stephen Bungry

A must have reference for the BOB.

leitmotiv
01-18-2008, 03:34 PM
CATCH-22 by Joseph Heller. All else is nonsense.