Werner Vati Moelders
AuthorsRobert Michulec IllustratorArtur Juszczak ISBN8373000127 Release date2000-10-01 SeriesBlue Cat. No.7101 CategorySold Out CategoryWyprzedana Format240x165 mm (B5), 88 pages (8 in colour) Price0.00 PLN Price0.00 GBP
Story of the famous German Ace. List of the victories. About 100 photos. 8 pages of the colour profiles of the Moelders machines.
Modeling Madnes 2009-03-27Reviewed by Scott Van Aken
Werner Mölders was the first German 'Super Ace' of World War II. He was the first man to surpass Von Richtofen's score of 80 kills and the first fighter pilot to exceed 100 kills. If you include his victories in the Spanish Civil War, his total score stands at somewhere around the 115-117 range, a truly remarkable feat as most of his victories came against the Western Allies. This was not all without some cost as he was shot down three times and captured once by the French. It is only thanks to the fast moving front in 1940 that prevented him from being taken to England and spending the rest of the war as a prisoner of war in Canada. As it was impossible to get him to the UK, he was repatriated following the French capitulation.
This is the second Mushroom Models Publications special I have read and I'm just as impressed with it as the first one. The first series of these specials are written by names you may recognize if you have bought any AJ Press books, but these are not reprints, but totally fresh volumes.
The book is about the size of the Osprey series, covers 88 pages and had hard card covers. The font is one of moderate size that makes it much easier on these old eyes to read. Images make up a sizeable amount of the book, and these are not just photos of his plane, but images of Mölders as he progressed through his career and his life.
The book is broken down into several sections, each section listing, where applicable, his victories. These charts indicate the victory number(s), date, aircraft type(s) and location(s), a very handy thing to have and one that did require quite a bit of research to compile. In fact, that has carried over to the entire book. It does not read like a simple compilation of information from already published sources. It seems that historians today are spending more time going over primary sources and material than many of the books of the past. A very welcome trend. His aircraft is not totally overlooked as there are some images of his planes as well as a series of very well done color four-views showing four of his more famous aircraft; a D, E, and two F's. As you may know, Mölders was pulled out of active combat by Hitler after his score got much above 100. He was killed in November 1941 in a weather related aircraft crash while flying as a passenger.
Anyway, the book has these sections:
Beginnings. His early life up to being sent to Spain
Battle of Britain
Winter 1940-Spring 1941
Overall, a very interesting book and one that does not dig into the seemingly endless minutiae that are often found in many biographical tomes. There are enough 'war stories' to satisfy most as well as some details of what it was like to be in the Luftwaffe during those time. A book that I can recommend to those with an interest in the subject.
Internet Modeler 2009-03-27Reviewed by Ray Mehlberger
This is the second book that this reviewer has received from Roger Wallsgrove, Editor in Chief of Mushroom Model Magazine. I reviewed the first book, on the Me-109G series of aircaft, in a Internet Modeler issue in October.
This book is printed in 9 1/2" x 6 3/8" format paperback, like the last one was. It contains 88 pages. There are 90 black and white photos in the book and 4 four-view color drawings (sides, top and bottom) of various aircraft he personally flew throughout his career.
Chapters are devoted to his beginnings as a boy, duty in Spain...with the Legion Condor, the Phoney War period, the French campaign, Battle of Britain, Winter of 1940-Spring of 1941, Barbarossa, and a final chapter titled "Legend" which talks about his death, in 1941, after scoring 101 kills.
The black and white shots are of good quality and each chapter gives a chart showing each of his kills during those periods as well as the dates and types of aircraft that they were. This is a very detailed biography of this Luftwaffe ace and easy to read.
Hyperscale 2009-03-27Reviewed by Brett Green
Werner Mölders was the first pilot to reach the almost unimaginable number (until that time) of 100 victories. He fought in Spain, France, over Britain and on the Eastern Front before dying as a passenger in a flying accident on the way to Ernst Udet's funeral. His influence and name outlived him in the wartime Luftwaffe and post-war Germany.
This determined character was equally devoted to his role as a leader. His pilots and crew dubbed him "Vati" (Daddy) in reference to his attitude toward them and his experience. Mölders even used the nickname for himself from time to time.
Robert Michulec's book is an interesting history of the man and the events that shaped him. The focus is, not surprisingly, his Luftwaffe service. Given the intensity of his seven year career with the Luftwaffe, it is unlikely that he had much of a personal life in any case!
During the course of his book Michulec explores the legend and the pilot; examines Mölders from today's perspective and explodes some myths set in place by British Intelligence.
88 pages are packed with many photographs and readable text. The book is interspersed with Tables summarising victories in different theatres. The book concludes with 8 pages of colour artwork.
I found this book to be an enjoyable read and I look forward to future titles in the series.
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