LUFTWAFFE BOMBERS B of B – Review by Mark Barnes

Here we are again for the first time in a while with one of the Images of War series I have a lot of time for. This book is written by the veteran aviation historian Andy Saunders and I suspect he probably can do stuff like this in his sleep if goes to bed with a cup of builders tea instead of something decaffeinated.

This book brings together a large number of well-known B of B images of German aircraft in all manner of predicaments and also gives us a look at some of the aircrew and belligerent Brits happy to see so much aluminium coming to grief in their neighbourhoods.

The fact is the well-worn strap line “rare photographs…” on the cover really is a bit of a stinker in this case. I have seen a great many of them before in many and varied publications, however there is a butcoming and here it is. This collection is a well-presented montage of Battle of Britain moments. The captions are excellent and the quality of the image repro is superb. All in all it makes for a really nice book and I am pleased to see so many classic images in one convenient volume I can flick through at leisure. It works for me.

Andy Saunders is a prolific writer and we have seen his work on this page before.

This is the sort of stuff he does best and should you buy the book you can rest assured you will be getting your moneys worth. I am the lucky sod who got a review copy and this one is definitely going on my keeps pile. I like this series very much and always welcome new titles.

So, there you have it. I don’t need to add any of my sometimes obscurely analogous stories or episodes to make the review more personable – this book is solid stuff. It’s all there and is probably a degree less than the £14.99 cover price when you find it on the website of your choice. It makes for ideal Christmas Day reading between the turkey lunch and HM the Queen on your telly. Go for it.

Review by Mark Barnes for War History Online

By Andy Saunders
Pen & Sword Aviation
ISBN: 978 1 78303 024 8

Mark Barnes

Mark Barnes is a longstanding friend of WHO, providing features, photography and reviews. He has contributed to The Times of London and other publications. He is the author of The Liberation of Europe (pub 2016) and If War Should Come due later in 2020.