From the same publishers that bring us the “Luftwaffe in Focus” series, a new publication, “U-boot Im Focus”, centers around the German submarine, promising to bring high quality, rare photos, U-boot emblems, camouflage, and commandants, along with a dedicated, highly informative text describing each respectively. Printed in both German and English formats, the publication will appeal to both historians and modelers as well.
The majority of the photos are previously unpublished, covering all aspects of German U-boot forces, printed in a large format style. Illustrations are also used to show special details. The company plans to publish two to three volumes per year, and each edition can be either ordered separately, or a complete subscription can be purchased.
I. Minenleger / mine layer U-219, 1942
III. Typ VII A Boote / type VII a boats U-31, 1939
IV. Typ II Boote / type II boats U-9, 1939 U-141
V. Typ VII A Boote / type VII a boats U-33, 1939 U-28, U-29, U-30, U-33, 1939 U-29, 1939
VI. Typ VII B Boote / type VII b boats U-53, 1939 U-202 U-95, 1941
VII. Typ VII C Boote / type VII c boats U-604, 1942 U-404, 1943 U-262, 1943 U-480, 1944
VIII. Typ IX Boote / type IX boats U-67 U-108, 1941
IX. Elektroboote / Electroboats U-2360, 1945 U-3038, 1945
X. Türme / conning towers U-19 and U-20-große Turmembleme aus der Anfagszeit des Krieges U-40-mit Totenkopf und Regenschirm
XI. Farbfotos / color photos U-177, Farbfotos von der seltenen Tupfentarnung
XII. Boot im Focus / boat in focus U-652-das boot mit der seltenen Tupfentarnung
XIII. Dokumente / documents Eine Einladung der besonderen Art
XIV. Unbekannte Embleme / unknown emblems Die säugende Wölfin von U-339
XV. Fotos mit Geschichte / pictures with a story Hilfskreuzer „Atlantis” versenkt-U-Boote als Retter
XVI. Wimpel / pennant Zerstörerversenkung-dem Schicksal ins Auge geschaut
XVII. Porträt / portrait Kapitänleutnant Günther Krech
XVIII. Ungewöhnliches / unusual Das „bunte” Funkgerät von U-48
XIX. Szenerie / scenery „Milchkuh” in Sicht!
XX. Schicksale / fate Glückliche Heimkehr
XXI. U-tanker / U-tanker U-460, 1943
As you move through the publication, the first thing that you will notice are the photographs, and the unique quality of each. . .from dry-dock photos to mid-ocean shots, the subject matter is nothing less than fascinating, and the supporting text accompanying each of these photos leaves the reader with little question as to what he is looking at. These chapters will be a major boon to all modelers who are looking for the unique and obscure subject, and students and historians alike will also benefit from these writings.
The publication is printed on heavyweight, glossy index paper, in a large format (8.5 x 12”), which lays flat nicely when opened, as for reference while modeling a certain subject by photo. All text is printed in clear, easy to understand format, in dual language style (German/English). The chapters flow nicely from one subject to the next, and I for one will say that there is much to be learned from this writing!
In addition to the photography and informative text, there are many high quality color illustrations, covering emblems and markings, conning tower detail of various subjects, camouflage patterns, and there’s even a three page full color centerfold highlighting U-652, “The boat with the unusual spotted camouflage”, in itself packed with detailed photos and information of this very unique vessel variant.
Highs: Clear, detailed, black and white and color photo's, many never before published, informative supporting text, and very uniqye subject matter throughout.Lows: None~an overall great value!Verdict: Overall, the premier issue of this new series publication does not disappoint in any way, shape or form, packed with unique photographs, in both black and white and color, maps, color illustrations, and extremely informative text, any historian, submarine
About Mark R. Smith (Gunny) FROM: PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES
I have been building models of all sorts all of my life, concentrating mainly on the coolest one's when I was younger, but now I focus directly on all military subjects, from armor to warships. After years of counting rivets, I put away the calipers, dial indicators, and micrometers and now just ha...