With Gruppen based both in Norway and Finland, the Bf 109 and Bf 110 aces in this theater had the unique distinction of engaging both RAF and Soviet Red Air Force fighters and bombers on a regular basis. Operating astride and above the Arctic Circle, Luftwaffe pilots fought an isolated and almost self-contained war facing environmental challenges in freezing skies that set their experiences apart from those of any other pilots in World War 2.
1941 - The Opening Months /1942 - Enter JG 5 /1943 - In the Balance /1944 - Withdrawal, Not Defeat /Appendices /Colour Plates Commentary /Index
John Weal is Osprey's primary Luftwaffe author and artist. He owns one of the largest private collections of original German-language literature from World War 2 and his research is based on this huge archive. Fluent in German, Weal has spent much time establishing contact with ex-members of the Luftwaffe, from General Staff Officers of the RLM to frontline aircrew. A freelance airbrush artist since the days of the monthly RAF Flying Review, he has illustrated some of the finest Luftwaffe profiles to date. Mark Postlethwaite was born in Leicestershire in 1964 and has developed a lifelong passion for aviation history. He first worked as a photographer before turning his attention solely to artwork, and is now highly regarded in his field for the quality and accuracy of his work. He became the youngest elected member of the Guild of Aviation Artists in 1991. Mark is a valued Osprey artist and has contributed to more than 80 of its books.
"If you are a fan of Bf 109's and Bf 110's as I am you will find this a great addition to your library for not only great color profiles of these aircraft but the history behind the men that flew them." - IPMS/USA