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GC 1/145 in France 1940

Blue • 2003
AuthorsBartłomiej Belcarz
IllustratorArtur Juszczak
Release date2003-01-01
Cat. No.7102
CategorySold Out CategoryWyprzedana
Format240x165 mm (B5), 96 pages (32 in colour)
Price0.00 PLN Price0.00 GBP
This is the combat history of Polish squadron 1/145 which fought under the leadership of Major Kepinski in the Battle of France in 1940. It provides full details of the unit's aces and victories/losses, plus details of the aircraft flown. It is illustrated with photographs, full colour artwork, scale plans and maps. Bartlomiej Belcarz has researched the air war in France in 1939/40 in great detail to PhD level. He has previously written several books & articles; his work is well known to military & aviation enthusiasts. * This will be the first ever book in English describing the heroic exploits of this World War Two aviation unit. * Superb colour illustrations of camouflage and markings, walk-around colour photographs and rare b+w archive photographs. * Essential reading for aviation enthusiasts & scale aeromodellers. Additionaly scale plans and 20+ colour pages with photos of preserved Caudrons in Paris and Finnland. museums.
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  • French Magazine Replic • 2009-03-25
  • Modeling Madnes • 2009-03-25
    Mushroom Models Publications have gained a very positive reputation for publishing books on some of the more unusual and interesting topics related to WWII. You only have to look back on the Japanese Floatplanes and Gladiator books to see this. You may also notice that these books are all basically written by various Polish authors. Poland has always produced quality material and one only needs to look to the excellent books produced by AJ Press to see this. Unfortunately for those of us who don't speak the language, much of the really good info in these books have gone unread. With the Mushroom books, one gets all of that quality in terms of research and photographs and the bonus of being able to read it! Fortunately, the folks who do the translations are well versed in English and none of the sometimes hilarious and sometimes confusing syntax errors are found in MMP products. This particular edition follows in the standards of the earlier books. There are plenty of photographs and graphs as well as a goodly number of quality drawn profiles of the aircraft in question. There is also a rather large section of color photos of surviving aircraft, though neither one of the two extant planes is in anything close to museum quality condition! Still, it is a valuable reference for modelers and does present information on what these planes were like. Before I go too much more into the book, I should mention that while the title of the book is of the only active duty unit to fly these planes, the book itself is more on the Caudron C.714 lightweight fighter. This is an aircraft that was basically designed as an armed version of a French racing aircraft. It kept many of the traits of this aircraft, but like so many other planes based on racers, it really wasn't ready for prime time, so to speak. Adding the extra military materials to the plane degraded its performance to where it wasn't the world beater it should have been. Add to all of that the case where it was being hurriedly developed during a time when war was imminent and French industry wasn't up to quick development of an aircraft. Like so much of the French aviation industrial base, there were aircraft ready to go but for one or two key components and so production was very slow and unreliable. Add to it the lack of reliability in the Renault R 12 engine that powered the plane and it is amazing that they were able to contribute at all. With a plane that wasn't really ready to fight, add to that mix that the French Air Force didn't want it and French pilots didn't want to fly it. The aircraft was instead built for export to Finland, but before they could all be delivered, the need disappeared. One more wrench in the works was that those who were to fly it in Finland were Polish volunteer pilots. The Poles wanted some autonomy and the French wanted to integrate the pilots into regular French units. As you can see, the situation gets quite confused and, to those of us who like history, it gets interesting. I'll not spill the beans on the outcome of things, but to say that I was rather impressed by how well the planes really did in what use was made of them. OK, so what you have is a book that combines the background of an aircraft, the only unit to fly them in combat, and a modeler's guide to the aircraft along with photos of extant planes and a bunch of profiles. How can one go wrong. If you have an interest in the unusual in general or the C.714 in particular, then you can't be without this one.
  • Internet Modeler • 2009-03-25
    This new book chronicalizes the exploits of Polish pilots, in exile, who fought in Free French aircraft in Group de Chase 1/145. Various combat biographies of these Polish pilots are given, along with 45 black and white portrait photos of them. Forty more pictures show the aircraft flown by them. There are maps, charts, and data tables galore. Fifteen color profile paintings show the Morane Saulnier MS406s and Caudron C-714 "CYCLONES" flown by this group. There is a 1/72nd scale 4-view line drawing of the C-714 and a 3-view line drawing of its 12R engine. Finally, there are 73 walk-around type color photos of 714s being restored in museums. If you are interested in the exploits of Polish pilots, in exile during WWII, this book is for you. Highly recommended.
  • Hyperscale • 2009-03-25
    "GC 1/145 in France 1940" follows Mushroom Model Magazine's tradition of covering esoteric and interesting aviation history subjects. This is the story of Polish pilots who escaped their country after German conquest in 1939, to find themselves once again matched against Luftwaffe in France during 1940. The book comprises 96 pages in 9.5" x 6.5" format, with soft covers and including a 32 page colour section with walkaround pictures of a preserved Caudron C.714 in Finland and 12 colour profiles of C.714s and a further 2 of MS 406s. As the period covered is quite short - little more than a month in May and June 1940 - the day to day operations are covered in good detail. The historical text is supported by many black and white wartime photos of planes and pilots, plus tables describing operations, squadron strength, victories and so forth. Although it is essentially a snapshot history of this Polish unit during the Battle for France, the book will also be of value to modellers due to the rich assortment of photos (especially the Caudron C.417), walkaround photos and profiles. "GC 1/145 in France 1940" will be attractive to history buffs; and to modellers with an interest in the Caudron C.417 in particular, or in French and Polish WWII aviation in general Recommended

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