• Avro Anson Mk I. Wingleader Photoarchive Number 25

    The ANNIE entered service with the RAF in spring 1936 as a Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft. By the outbreak of war however, it was pretty obsolete. With a maximum speed of just 188 mph, the odds of it surviving an encounter with German fighters were extremely small, and so the Anson was reassigned into the training role, where hundreds of them tootled up and down the country, with student pilots and navigators learning their trade inside.
    The Air Transport Auxiliary also made great use of the Anson as a taxi to ferry its pilots to and from airfields as they delivered fighters and bombers to the RAF. By all accounts, it was a safe and easy aircraft to fly.
    Although there were over 20 different Mks of Anson built, the vast majority were MkIs and so that is what this book concentrates on. It saw service worldwide so we have tried to include as many overseas operators as possible, especially as modellers now have the new Airfix kit to find colour schemes for.
    Approx 120 photos and 6 colour profiles.

  • Handley Page Halifax. Early Merlin Engined Variants Wingleader Photo Archive Number 27

    Second on the list of most asked about future subjects in this series is undoubtedly the Handley Page Halifax. Equal in many ways to the Avro Lancaster, the Halifax has always been shaded a little by the iconic Lanc, despite it being a Bomber Command stalwart throughout WW2.
    Once again, we’ve turned to Bomber Command expert Peter Allam to try to unravel the complexities of Halifax production, which was particularly convoluted in the early days. This first volume covers early Merlin engined variants which is effectively all Mk.Is and the Series Is of the Mk.II and Mk.V. Or put another way, all those with the nose turret and triangular fins!
    One of the main things that the early Halifaxes were known for was their multitude of lumps and bumps. Here for the first time, Pete has painstakingly identified all of them, found out why they were there, and in future volumes, we’ll see how they were all removed to create the elegant Mk.III.
    As with all the books in this series, we’ve enhanced the photos to pull out the shadow detail and have added arrows and letters to identify points of interest.
    With approx 120 photos and 6 colour profiles.

  • Heer im Focus Edition No. 1

    HEER IM FOCUS ist ein Editionsheft, das von einem Team namhafter Heeres-Fachleute erarbeitet wird. Ziel dieses Heftes ist es, sich gezielt jenen Kämpfen, Fahrzeugen, Ausrüstungsgegenständen und Soldaten zu widmen, die in der bisherigen Literatur zu kurz kommen. Wie bei LUFTWAFFE IM FOCUS und U-BOOT IM FOCUS geht gründliche Recherche vor Schnelligkeit beim Erscheinen. Man wird Darstellungen lesen, die an anderer Stelle völlig anders geschildert werden.
    Der Leser soll den Berichten vertrauen, denn das Team geht den Themen auf den Grund. Genau darum geht es nämlich, die deutsche Heeresgeschichte so zu recherchieren, wie man sie woanders nicht findet. Festzuhalten ist ferner, dass der Verlag alle Truppen behandelt, die sich im Erdeinsatz befunden haben. Dazu zählen auch Luftwaffenverbände wie z.B. Fallschirmjäger, Luftwaffenfeld-Divisionen oder Flak-Einheiten.
    Für die Bebilderung wird u.a. auch auf einmalige originale Agfa Color Farbdias zurückgegriffen, die aus privaten Sammlungen stammen. Aufnahmen, die zuvor noch nie gezeigt wurden und welche die Ereignisse in einem völlig anderen Licht erscheinen lassen.
    Aber nicht nur für Historiker und Heeres-Enthusiasten bietet die Zeitschrift viel, auch Modellbauer kommen angesichts hervorragender Modellvorlagen (Profilzeichnungen und s/w + Farbfotos) auf ihre Kosten. Auch an die Dioramenbauer wird gedacht. Das Heft unterscheidet sich also von anderen Heften, die sich auch mit diesem Thema beschäftigen.

  • N.A. Mustang in RAF Service, pt. 1.: Allison Engined Variants Wingelader Photo Archive Number 22

    The publisher decided to split the project into two titles, one covering the Allison engined Mustangs, the other covering the Merlin powered examples.
    For this first book, we approached Colin Ford who is well known as an expert on all aspects of the Allison engined Mustang in RAF service. Building on Andy’s solid foundation of photo research, the author has introduced his broad technical knowledge of the subject along with many rare and unseen photos from his own collection, with the result being a worthy tribute to the Mustang Mk I, Mk IA and Mk II and the pilots that flew them.
    With approx 120 photos and 6 colour profiles.

  • P-40 Tomahawk and Kittyhawk in RAF Service Wingleader Photo Archive 24

    In this book, which contains approx 120 original wartime/pre-war photos and 6 in-depth colour profiles the auhtor has tried to cover all the various Mks and to guide the reader through the differences to look out for. It contains the variants Tomahawk Mk IIA and IIB, a Kittyhawk Mk III, a IIIA and some more.

  • Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX in RAF-Service, NW Europe and the Med. Wingleader Photo Archive Number 20

    When Spitfire Mk V pilots first met the FW190s of JG26 in August 1941, it immediately became apparent their old Spitfires were completely outclassed by the Luftwaffe’s new fighter. Losses rose rapidly as more Spitfires fell to the guns of the FW190 pilots until, on 13 November 1941, all but essential fighter operations over Europe were halted.
    A new fighter capable of matching the performance of the FW190 was needed – urgently. The planned successors to the Spitfire Mk V were the Mk VII and Mk VIII, but they would take far too long to become operational. Fortunately, Rolls-Royce had experimented with fitting a Merlin 60 engine in their test-bed Spitfire in September 1941 and the increase in performance over the Mk V was significant. The Air Ministry took the decision to marry the tried-and-tested Mk V airframe with the new Merlin to bypass the delays in perfecting a new airframe and get a better Spitfire operational as soon as possible. The Spitfire Mk IX entered service nine months later, in June 1942 and went on to become, in the eyes of many pilots, the best of the breed.
    This book contains approx 120 original wartime/pre-war photos and 6 in-depth colour profiles.

  • Supermarine Spitfire Mk. I/II. Special Edition Wingleader Photo Archive Number 26

    Since launching this series, a lot of people have asked the publisher if he were going to include the Spitfire Mk.II. Unfortunately, although he could probably have scraped enough images together, not a lot happened with the Mk.II in terms of development, so it would have been a pretty dull book! It then occurred to the publisher that his very first book on the Spitfire Mk.I only covered up to the end of the Battle of Britain, so maybe they could revisit the Mk.I as well in a new Mk.II book, but with more emphasis on the late 1940/early 1941 period.
    Also at this time, the old friend Richard Alexander was deep into researching early Spitfires for his superb Kotare model kit range, so they asked him if he’d consider producing a Spitfire Mk.I/II Special to feature all the new Mk.I information that he had unearthed whilst covering the Mk.II in their usual style.
    Also included as an extra treat in this SPECIAL are port and starboard profile side views with undercarriage down to show the colours of the doors and the wheel wells, many thanks to Kotare’s profile artist Ronny Bar for doing these specials for us.
    With approx 120 photos (some of them new!) and 6 colour profiles.

  • Tankograd Militärfahrzeug Spezial 5095: Leopard 2A7

    By experts considered as the best main battle tank in the world, the Leopard 2 in 2014 reached a vital stage of modernisation: the 2A7. This publication covers the introduction and the many technical improvements of the new 2A7-variant of the Leopard family in great detail. It is the updated and enlarged version of the previous Special 5058 and now for the first time includes all upgrades and modernisation measures carried out on the 2A7 between 2016 and 2019. With this work the gap that existed in available documentations between the first Leopard 2A7 and the new Leopard 2A7V is now closed on sixteen additional pages.
    Enlarged Reprint – Illustrated throughout now with 160 colour photographs and one 1/35 scale drawing.

  • Westland Whirlwind in World War Two Wingleader Photo Archive Number 19

    One of our original aims with this series was to cover the lesser known types in as much detail as the more famous aircraft. Pretty much top of this ‘lesser known’ list was the Westland Whirlwind which has always captured the imagination of many of us, with its sleek lines and powerful armament. In a different set of circumstances, the Whirlwind could easily have been as famous as the Mosquito or Beaufighter and just as effective.
    In the end, just two squadrons flew the Whirlwind into action and only 116 examples were built, each costing roughly £1m in today’s money. Despite this rarity, some decent photos were taken by the Press and combined with photos from the personal albums of the pilots who flew the Whirlwind, we’ve managed to create an in-depth pictorial tribute to this forgotten fighter.
    Approx 120 photos and 6 colour profiles.