Ases de la Luftwaffe en la Segunda Guerra Mundial

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Este libro analiza la realidad que se esconde tras los mitos de los legendarios ases alemanes de la aviación de caza de la Segunda Guerra Mundial. El autor explica por qué solo unos pocos pilotos —aquellos para quienes el deseo de combatir se anteponía a todo— acumularon tal cantidad de victorias. También analiza las habilidades que debe tener un buen piloto —una aptitud natural para el vuelo, puntería, agudeza visual— y el modo en que se desarrollaron las tácticas de caza. El libro recorre la historia de famosos y reputados modelos como el Messerschmitt Bf-109 y el Focke-Wulf Fw 190, y examina todas las características, ventajas y desventajas de cada uno de ellos en el combate aéreo.

Philip Kaplan reúne magistralmente una valiosa documentación sobre las experiencias de pilotos como Werner Mölders, Gunther Rall, Adolf Galland, Erich Hartmann, Hans-Joachim Marseille o Johannes Steinhoff, basadas en investigaciones de archivo, diarios, cartas, memorias publicadas e inéditas y entrevistas personales a los veteranos. Este es uno de los grandes libros sobre el arma aérea alemana durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial. 

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Philip Kaplan es autor de numerosos libros sobre la vida de los combatientes de la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Cinco de ellos —The Few, Little Friends, Round the Clock, Fighter Pilot y Bombers— están consagrados a las experiencias de guerra de las tripulaciones. También ha escrito dos relatos clásicos de la guerra en el mar  —Wolfpack y Convoy—, además de Two Man Air Force, Big Wings y Night and Day Bomber Offensive. Kaplan nació en Estados Unidos, pero vive en Cheltenham, Gran Bretaña. 

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4 jul. 2017
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Historia / Militar / Segunda Guerra Mundial
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Philip Kaplan
Discover the wartime experiences of the bomber boys in World War II.

Flying bombers during World War II was a harrowing ordeal. Unlike the fighter jocks, who pit their skill and wits against each other in agile aerial combat, the bomber boys had to endure the fear and savagery of the air war with grim acceptance—their only option to sit and take it. Manning lumbering machines that could not maneuver or defend themselves effectively, the aircrews had to rely on tight aircraft formations and their own bravery to survive the onslaught of enemy fighters and anti-aircraft artillery. Within these great planes, they developed bonds like no other; young men thrust together in a shared fate, risking their lives in slow-moving yet beautiful and powerful aircraft over the skies of numerous war zones, thousands of feet above the battlegrounds but no further away from the horrors.

Fully illustrated with hundreds of color and black-and-white photographs, as well as dozens of interviews, Philip Kaplan’s The Bomber Aircrew Experience offers an intimate glimpse into the life and times of these wartime airmen. The bomber boys recount their harrowing missions over Germany’s industrial heartland, paving the way for Allied victory in the Second World War’s European Theatre. Discover what it was like to man such planes as the great Flying Fortress and the Liberator, and what it was like for the British and Commonwealth boys flying night missions in the Lancasters, Halifaxes, and Stirlings. And then finally, learn about the development of the modern stealth bombers: the F-117 Nighthawk and the B-2 Spirit.

Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history--books about World War II, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome, medieval times, the old West, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
Philip Kaplan
The first aircraft carriers made their appearance in the early years of World War I. These first flattops were improvised affairs built on hulls that had been laid down with other purposes in mind, and it was not until the 1920s that the first purpose-built carriers were launched, but no-one was as yet clear about the role of the carriers and they were largely unloved by the 'battleship admirals' who still believed that their great dreadnoughts were the ultimate capital ships.??World War II changed all that, At Taranto, Pearl Harbour, and in the North Atlantic, the carrier, the ugly duckling of the world's navies, proved itself to be the dreadnought nemesis. As the tide of war turned, the fast attack carriers of the U.S. Navy spearheaded the counter-attack in the Pacific while the makeshift escort carriers helped to seal the fate of the German U-boats in the Atlantic. The carrier, and naval aviation, thus emerged into the post-war world as the primary symbol and instrument of seapower; it would play a crucial role in the strategic encirclement of the Soviet Union and enabled western airpower to be rapidly and effectively deployed in areas of conflict as remote as Korea, Vietnam, the Falklands and the Gulf.??Kaplan describes the adventure of the young American, British, and Japanese naval aviators in the Second World War. It is an account of their experiences based on archives, diaries, published and unpublished memoirs, and personal interviews with veteran naval airmen of WWII, providing a vivid and often hair-raising picture of the dangers they encountered in combat and of everyday life aboard an aircraft carrier. It considers some of the key aspects of the WWII naval aviator's combat career, such as why it was that only a tiny minority of these pilots Ð those in whom the desire for aerial combat overrode everything Ð accounted for such a large proportion of the victories.??In the major carrier actions of that conflict, from the Royal Navy's attack on Taranto which crippled the Italian fleet in 1940, to the Japanese carrier-launched surprise attack on U.S. Navy battleships and facilities at Pearl Harbour in 1941, to the carrier battle of Midway in 1942, and the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot of 1944, through the Japanese Kamikaze campaign against the U.S. Carriers in the final stages of the Pacific war, this book takes the reader back to one of the most exciting and significant times in modern history.
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