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P40 plane

21 Sep
2012

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Warhawks from P-40B to P-40N feature in the other volume, with a similar mix of text and illustrations. This has 40 side views of aircraft from Hawaii to Darwin to the Aleutians, and line drawings in 1:72 of Warhawk variants. The P-40 tended to be overshadowed by its more glamorous successors, but this is a worthy tribute to the type and to its people. As always, these two books come with evocative cover paintings, and are very well produced and, indeed, conceived. Osprey has set the standard by which similar productions are judged, and these are a worthy, and recommended, addition to its range.

History and notably the associated illustrations, are being preserved, often by those involved, to the considerable benefit of historians like Brian D. O’Neill. Gratitude is due to him, and to the publishers, Osprey, for bringing these tales to a wider public. Current conventional wisdom is that books on American and German units sell, whereas those on RAF units do not; a pity, because it would be good to see similar accounts of, say, Nos 15 or 57 Squadrons. Still, until that happens, I will be happy to continue to wedge this, and any succeeding books in this series, into the shrinking space on its allocated shelf.

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