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4 new scale modeling reference books about aircraft and military units
The 4th Waffen-SS Panzergrenadier Division “Polizei”: An Illustrated History
Massimiliano Afiero
ISBN: 978-0-7643-6170-8
MSRP: $50

Hard cover, 240 pages, 700 B/W images and maps. 

The Polizei Division first took shape in 1939, drawing manpower from the civilian police. In February 1942, the unit was transferred to the Waffen-SS and redesignated SS-Polizei-Division (4.SS). The former policemen appeared on the Western Front in 1940, before being shipped to the Leningrad sector in 1941. Polizei remained on the Eastern Front for the duration of the war, including deployments in Greece, the Banat (Romania), Hungary, and Pomerania, before finally surrendering just northwest of Berlin. The subject is examined through many personal recollections, hundreds of photos and maps from private collections, and period documents, including extracts from official bulletins and the division’s war diary. A brief history of the Polizei II division is included as an appendix.

A-20 Havoc – Douglas’s Attack Bomber/Night Fighter in WWII
David Doyle
ISBN: 978-0-7643-6173-9
MSRP: $19.99

Hard cover, 112 pages, 174 color and B/W images. 

The A-20 Havoc, known to the British as the Boston, was built by Douglas and Boeing during WWII and arguably became the most famous of the attack aircraft fielded by the United States during that war. This volume traces the aircraft from the prewar Douglas 7B through the many versions of the aircraft used by the US, French, British, and Russian forces during the course of the war. The story of these iconic WWII aircraft is told through carefully researched photos, many of which have never before been published, which are reproduced in remarkable clarity. Large, clear photos, coupled with descriptive and informative captions, unlock the secrets of this aircraft.

US Combat Aircraft Colours Over Vietnam 1964-1975
Jarosław Dobrzyński
ISBN: 978-8365-9584-33 (from MMP Books)
MSRP: $62

Hard cover, 240 pages, 200+ images. 

US Combat Aircraft Colours over Vietnam 1964 – 1975 covers all fixed – wing combat aircraft operated by US military during the Vietnam War 1964 – 1975. Volume 1 covers aircraft operated by US Air Force, Volume 2 – by US Navy and Marines. The book is illustrated with numerous colour and monochromatic photographs and colour profiles, depicting various versions and paint schemes, used during various periods of the war. Essential reading for aviation enthusiasts and scale aero-modellers.

C-141 Starlifter – Lockheed’s Cold War Strategic Airlifter
John Gourley
ISBN: 978-0764-3617-22
MSRP: $19.99

Hard cover, 128 pages, 277 color and B/W images. 

The Lockheed C-141 Starlifter was a new-build design by Lockheed and proved adaptable to many roles, from carrying outsized cargo to dropping paratroops. The C-141 was used in difficult environmental conditions, such as the heat and extreme humidity of Vietnam, the deserts of the Middle East, and the frozen ice pack of Antarctica. Modification programs enabled the C-141 to make full use of its capabilities, by adding in-flight refueling plus extending the length of the fuselage. The plane was a valued and appreciated USAF asset in numerous missions, from disaster aid and humanitarian relief to doing their part in Operation Desert Shield/Storm, and in the war on terror. The aircraft were eventually retired in masse in 2006 simply as a result of wear and tear. This book covers in detail all aspects such as interior/exterior configurations, cargo capabilities, missions, and modifications made throughout its service life.

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