Eagles Over the Sea 1943-45

Eagles Over the Sea 1943 -45 written by Lawrence Paterson published by Seaforth Books – £30.00 – Hardback – Pages 382.

This is a very comprehensive and detailed look at Luftwaffe maritime operations in different theatres of war from 1943 – 45. In an impressive volume the book looks at the development of the German naval aircraft from Norway to the Mediterranean. The book covers various parts of the Luftwaffe maritime operations from the highs to the lows including the collapse of the operations in late 1942, especially as it lacked any decent funding and all the in-house squabbles between the senior pilots and hierarchy. This the second book to the earlier campaigns, but it is equally as impressive as the first.

This is a very detailed book and comprehensive in its scope which makes for a fantastic read, the detail is excellent and welcome but it’s not too formal or deep as to make the book dull.  There aren’t a lot of photographs in this book, but what there are excellent of those individuals involved. As someone who doesn’t know as much as he probably should on the matter, I found it great and very informative, showing that you can learn something every day. This why doing my little reviewing job for Pen and Sword Books, is great, because I get to learn new things every day. This is a book that should be recommended and it actually makes me want to read the previous book. A good 5 stars.

Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.

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