Mit der Kamera an der Front: Als Kriegsberichter bei der I.(J)/LG 2 und dem JG 77
Specialist literature includes extensive and well-illustrated publications about many German Jagdgeschwader and Jagdgruppen; however, one Gruppe which, concerning photos, has been overlooked is I.(J)/LG 2. Although fighter pilots who later became well known, men like Ihlefeld, Geißhardt, Marseille, Harder, Strakeljahn and Kemethmüller, flew their first operational sorties and scored their first victories with the unit, the photographic material available to those with an interest in the unit is limited.
Now, however, with Volume 3 in the Photographed by Soldiers series the publisher offers all fighter enthusiasts unique photo material. The foundation of this book is a collection of colour slides from the estate of a former Kriegsberichter who accompanied I.(J)/LG 2 from the Channel in 1941, through the Balkans to Russia. He was with the unit in Russia in 1942 when it was renamed I./JG 77. With JG 77, in the summer of 1942, he took the last photos showing the commander of the Geschwader, Maj. Gollob, and his aircraft. The colour images provide entirely new and unexpected information about camouflage schemes, Staffel colours and emblems. To give a complete picture of I.(J)/LG 2’s operational history, the colour images are supplemented by impressive and never before seen black-and-white photos from the estates of various pilots and technicians who served with the Gruppe.
Author: Axel Urbanke
Photos: 170 black & white, 54 colour photos
Illustrations: 13 colour profiles, 14 maps
Physical: Hardcover, 285x250mm, landscape