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    Gladiator Vs CR.42 Falco: 1940-41 (Duel) (Paperback) By (author) Hakan Gustavsson, By (author) Ludovico Slongo, Illustrated by Jim Laurier, Illustrated by Gareth Hector

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    DescriptionBoth the Gloster Gladiator and the Fiat CR.42 Falco represented the peak in the development of the biplane fighter, which could trace its lineage back to World War I. However, by the time both aircraft entered service in the late 1930s, they were already obsolete. Nevertheless, they gave sterling service on all fronts in the Mediterranean and Africa in 1940-41. Indeed, the CR.42 was the Regia Aeronautica's staple fighter in both North and East Africa, Greece and over Malta in 1940-41, during which time its pilots routinely fought British and Commonwealth squadrons equipped in the main with Gladiator biplanes. Some bitter dogfights were fought between these two types as the Allies attempted to gain control of the skies over North Africa, Greece and East Africa. Both types were flown in the main by highly experienced pre-war pilots, and this in turn made for some closely fought engagements. The first known combat between the CR.42 and the Gladiator took place on 14 June 1940 over North Africa and the last engagement between the two types occurred on 24 October 1941 over the East African front.


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    Title
    Gladiator Vs CR.42 Falco
    Subtitle
    1940-41
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Hakan Gustavsson, By (author) Ludovico Slongo, Illustrated by Jim Laurier, Illustrated by Gareth Hector
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 80
    Width: 182 mm
    Height: 246 mm
    Thickness: 8 mm
    Weight: 222 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781849087087
    ISBN 10: 1849087083
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25500
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG, HBWQ
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC subject category V2: HBLW
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 940.54
    BIC subject category V2: JWG
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T General Subject: 520
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027140
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1940
    Libri: I-HM
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    Abridged Dewey: 940
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MEDITR
    BISAC V2.8: HIS020000
    B&T Approval Code: A44702534
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJH
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027000
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC23: 940.54494
    LC classification: UG1242.F5 G876 2012
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: NHB, NHWR7, JWCM, NHWL
    Illustrations note
    40 MONO; 40 COL
    Publisher
    Osprey Publishing
    Imprint name
    Osprey Publishing
    Publication date
    20 December 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Osprey
    Author Information
    Swede Hakan Gustavsson has researched the use of biplane fighters in World War II for many years. He runs one of the internet's oldest and largest aviation sites (surfcity.kund.dalnet.se), featuring biographies of pilots who flew biplane fighters during World War II. He has been in contact with numerous pilot veterans, and their families, over the past two decades, unearthing first-hand accounts and other invaluable material relating to their often forgotten wartime exploits. Ludovico Slongo is a promising aviation historian based in the Italian city of Padua. He has been researching the history of military aviation during World War II for more than 15 years, focusing on pilots, units and operations of the Italian Regia Aeronautica. Together with Hakan Gustavsson, he is working on a number of research projects related to the air war in North Africa and the Mediterranean. Ludovico Slongo is a promising aviation historian based in the Italian city of Padova. He has been researching the history of military aviation during the World War 2 for more than 15 years, focusing on pilots, units and operations of the Italian Regia Aeronautica. Together with Hakan Gustavsson, he is working on a number of research projects related to the air war in North Africa and the Mediterranean. Gareth Hector is a digital artist of international standing as well as an aviation history enthusiast. Gareth completed the battlescene artwork and cover artwork.
    Review quote
    All in all it is a not to be missed book for all WW2 aviation enthusiasts. - Marco De Montis A work of excellent quality and great interest, at an affordable price. - JP4 It's highly recommended to aviation history aficionados and aircraft modelers, as the number of pictures will certainly help you in researching your next model camouflage pattern. - IMPS/USA I happily recommend the book. - armorama.kitmaker.net In summary, a beautiful volume that should not be missing from the library of the true lover of military aviation. - RID
    Table of contents
    Introduction /Chronology /Design and development /Strategic situation /Technical specifications /The combatants /Combat /Statistics and analysis /Aftermath /Bibliography /Glossary