This is the second of two volumes covering the history of the Zerstorer squadrons between 1939 and 1945. Following the attack on the west, the Me 110 also saw major deployment in the North African and Mediterranean theatres. In the East, in the early phases of Barbarossa, the Zerstorergruppen accounted for significant numbers of Russian aircraft destroyed on the ground and in the air. As the war progressed and Germany moved over to the defensive, Zerstorer units flew the Me 210 and Me 410, which saw service as a bomber destroyer with units such as ZG1, ZG26 and ZG76 in the defense of the Reich, equipped with heavy cannon and 21cm air-to-air mortars. Also included with the scope of these titles will be a study of the Luftwaffe’s long-range Ju 88 maritime Zerstorer, which were used over the Atlantic and Bay of Biscay against Allied convoys and to provide escort for the U-boats as well as lesser-known types such as the Ar 240 and Ta 154.
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John Vasco has studied the aircraft and operations of the Zerstorergruppen for many years and is the author of several books on the subject including Bombsights Over England - The History of Erprobungsgruppe 210 Luftwaffe Fighter-Bomber Units in the Battle of Britain (1990 and Second edition 2002), Zerstorer: The Messerschmitt 110 and its Units in 1940 ( with Peter D Cornwall - 1995) and The Sting of the Luftwaffe Schnellkampfgeschwader 210 and Zerstorergeschwader 1 in World War 2 (2001). His specialty is the Battle of Britain. He lives in Norfolk, England.Review:
Well written, excellent choice of well produced pictures, superb artwork. Part of the excellent output of Classic Publications. I really recommend this book! --yC. Simmonds
This book has been compiled with care and dilligence. It is an excellent source of valuable information on the German pilots and their Bf 110 aircraft. There are good descriptions of the air battles and the crash sites. It is a shame the quality of some the pictures has been lost in the printing. --J. M. Shipman
this is an excellent read with very good artwork.I would recommend this series of books to anyone with an interest in ww2 . --Craig Bourne
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