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P-51 Mustang vs. Fw 190 by Martin Bowman and Sherman Firefly vs. Tiger by Stephen A. Hart Review by Josiah Wright with Dr. Anne Margaret WrightOsprey Publishing
443 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10016
The books seem to be designed for high schoolers and adults. Despite the heavily technical language, even those who aren't fluent in the language of "V-1710-39 engines," etc., can benefit from these books. Compensating for the lack of easy readability are the wonderful illustrations dispersed throughout the book, ranging from schematics of tank machine guns to a view inside the cockpit of a P-51 Mustang. In each book is a beautiful two-page spread portraying the two "combatants" in the heat of battle. These books really appeal to the visual learner. They could be effectively used for some in-depth military equipment research.
As mentioned, the language is very technical. It is assumed that the reader already knows the difference between 88mms and 17-pounders. And the books are a tad on the expensive side. Suggested retail price is $17.95 for each, but they could probably be found for less. That being said, however, I think these books do a superb job of tying the content to the historical context. They feature maps of troop movements, stories of specific combats, profiles of famous aces, etc. I would highly recommend them for military enthusiasts, but they also would be a great addition to unit studies or history studies.