Of all the fronts fought on by the Jagdflieger during World War 2, the Russian, or Eastern, was easily the most lucrative in terms of targets for the experten. Marry an abundance of targets with the Luftwaffe's best piston-engined fighter of the war - Focke-Wulf's Fw 190 'Butcher Bird' - and it quickly becomes apparent why so many Jagdflieger achieved kills that passed the 100 victories mark. Flying in variable weather on a battlefront that was constantly changing, the Fw 190 pilots fought virtually to extinction in both the pure fighter and the crucial Schlacht ground attack roles.
About the Author
John Weal is Osprey's primary Luftwaffe author and artist. He possesses 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. He has written three previous volumes in the Combat Aircraft series. The author lives in Berkshire, UK.
Mike Chappell has been the Colts beat writer for the "Indianapolis Star "since 1989, making him one of the nation s longest-tenured writers for the same team. He was on hand for the team s first training camp, its first regular-season victory, its first Indianapolis-based playoff appearance, and the franchise s first postseason victory in a quarter-century, a 35 20 win at San Diego in 1995 that served as a springboard to the AFC title game. He chronicled the 1 15 travails of 91, three different 3 13 squads, and the 12 4 outfit in 2003 that reached the AFC championship game.