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TagsLuftwaffe (42), WW II airwar (40), Defence of the Reich (25), Fw 190 (18), Neil Page (12), JG 300 (12), Jagdwaffe (10), P-51 Mustang (7), Ostkrieg (7), Bf 109 (6) — see all tags

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About meWWII airwar/Luftwaffe/Wehrmacht enthusiast. I have a BA (Hons) in German & French and my translation work has been published by Lela Presse, Kagero, Ian Allan Classic Publications, Eagle Editions and Red Kite among others. I translated the personal accounts for Theo Boiten's massive two volume "Nachtjagd War Diaries". I have also translated Erik Mombeeck's JG 2 history ("In the skies of France") and his two-volume JG 4 history, entitled "Storming the bombers" (I'm especially proud of the title!) Back in 2005 I translated Jean-Yves Lorant's two-volume history of JG 300, described by Rowan Bayliss writing in his Scale Aircraft Modelling review as " featuring some of the most exciting descriptions of air combat ever written!". I translated Leaping Horseman's well-received " An Infantryman in Stalingrad" (see for 5-star reviews) and prepared an English-language edition of Lodieu's " 45 Tigers en Normandie " (unpublished). I co-authored Kagero's Fw 190 monograph (Vol II) and have copy-edited most of their aircraft monographs. I was project copy-editor on Classic Publications Bergstrom Barbarossa series and Classic's Me 410 Hornisse. More recently I was English-language editor on the three large and impressive 'Luftwaffe Seaplanes' volumes ('Les hydravions de la Luftwaffe') published by Lela Presse (Volume 3 published in April 2014) and some of my translated pieces appear in Classic Publications (Ian Allan) two volume treatment of the Junkers Ju 88.

About my libraryWW II aviation & military history, Pacific air war, Luftwaffe, RAF, 8th USAAF, Ostfront, Endkampf, and many rare German and French titles. While I do buy (and list) Ospreys I won't list them in my library unless they really are worthy of recommendation - IMHO of course!

GroupsAerial Warfare, Second World War History, War Books, War Authors


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Currently readingHISTOIRE DE LA JADGESCHWADER 53 « PIK AS ».(3) by Jean-Louis Roba
V1 Flying Bomb Aces (Aircraft of the Aces) by Andrew Thomas
The the RAF's French Foreign Legion 1940-45: de Gaulle, the British and the Re-Emergence of French Airpower (Continuum Studies in Military) (Continuum Studies in Military History) by G. H. Bennett
The Eagle Unbowed: Poland and the Poles in the Second World War by Halik Kochanski

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I made it across the pond (Atlantic Ocean). But, I do not travel well. Returning to the U.S. this Sunday.

It is Lakenheath! Got here July 31, 2014. Staying in Brandon. Arrival, one day of rest and then a four day flight to Dublin, for a 1/2 marathon (no running for me). Another day of rest and a four day Channel Tunnel to Stuttgart, Germany trip (via France, Belgium and Netherlands), for a tour of a Mercedes plant.

My front yard occasionally has F-15s. The viewing areas are close and we usually know the flight schedules. The Brecks (Brandon Country Parks) are impressive! Cambridge - the campus is pretty much closed. Bury St Edmunds - wow. Dover - I have a fear of heights, I wanted to SEE the cliffs, not BE ON the cliffs!

I'd like to communicate: LibraryThing / Email / telephone (they have a land line) / in person.

I'm hoping to fly a Tiger Moth. At 273.2 pounds, I don't think that will happen.

Issues: No ice for my sodas. No park ways (60 MPH lorries at my elbow)! Some of the roundabouts are frightening! The weather, for August, is beautiful. GBP / Euros / $ - hasn't been a problem.


Some brief questions:
1. For Eddie Creek's Fw 190 Vol III, is there an ISBN?
2. For Eddie Creek's Fw 190 Vol III, is there an expected publication date?
3. For Eddie Creek's Fw 190 Vol IV, I will mail my 'keen interest' to Ian Allan. (Thanks for the form).
4. For William Green's Aircraft of the Third Reich, (different publisher) do you have any information about Volumes 2 or 3. The Aerospace Masterbooks web site (obsolete) says Spring 2011 for Volume 2 and Autumn 2011 for Volume 3. I asked the 'publisher' in September 2011. Chris Todoff (Crecy) and Janice Frankham (Midsummer Books) replied that Volume 2 would be early 2012 and Volume 3 would be late 2012. In July 2012 I asked again. Chris replied that the date was unsure and Soph and Saliha (Janice left) didn't reply. In Febrauary 2013, the ISBN's appeared on, with the publisher as Aerospace Masterbooks. Please don't tell me they have been cancelled.
5. Once through some initial communications, I would expect to contact you no more than once every six months. You should read and write books, not be burdened with my comments. On the flip side, please contact me as often as you wish.
6. I'm planning to spend three months in England during Spring 2014. My son-in-law is stationed at Lakenhurst (my granddaughter is developing a British accent). Don't worry, I wont stop by without an invitation. Although I would gladly pay for lunch. Be advised that I might talk your ear off and drain your brain.
7. In your opinion, what are the best volumes on individual British World War II bombers (including the Swordfish and the Sunderland)? I am very pleased with the Red Star offerings as well as some of the thick Schiffer and Aerofax ones.
8. I have a wealth of questions on other related items: Is the Red Star series (Midland Publishing, an imprint of Ian Allan) still active? Wont someone please buy out the rights to William Green's War Planes of the Second World War (the small books) and at least finish the Bombers and Reconnaissance Aircraft? The same for continuing the Aircraft in Profile series.

Thanks for the blog,


More to follow.

Thanks Neil, Have always enjoyed your research

Hi, thanks for your warm wishes!

As you have probably seen, I've got quite wide interests, but in the past twenty years or so these have focussed on Central Europe through the prism of my longer-standing interests in railways and aviation. Funnily enough, I'm also (supposed to be) writing a book for Ian Allan myself, showcasing photographs of UK railway infrastructure that I took in the 1970s and 1980s, which are themselves now quite historical. Sadly, the state of the economy, my unsuccessful efforts to make money out of freelance photography and the urgent need to find full-time employment may well impact that further. Still, if Vikram Seth can quote Douglas Adams on the whoosing noise deadlines make as they go past, I'm sure I can...

You have some rather tasty European aviation titles in your library yourself. I'll look forward to seeing some more in future...
That is quite the collection of books you've got :) I'm an avid WWII geek.
Hello there,

Thanks for the "interesting libraries" tag! Yours looks very interesting as well.
The word "budget" is not in my vocabulary. Probably explains why I have no money...

Ostfront 1944-45 is my "home turf" and the material is vast, especially for East Prussia. Most of the first-hand material's pretty good. I can do no better than recommend Walter Kempowski's Das Echolot: Fuga Furiosa, a four volume anthology of diaries and letters from Jan-Feb 1945, mostly German, some Russian, a few Polish, a few Allied. Most of them you won't find anywhere else. Not cheap, but an absolute gem.

Shame he died relatively young and only left us with scraps of the finished project :-(

Glad you liked the Normandy book :-) I'd love to have another crack at it one day and do it properly...

All the best

Hi Neil,

Don't tell me your becoming a convert to the ground war! Schäufler, Ramm, Lakowski (I'm a little cautious about the latter as he's an ex-DDR historian). An excellent companion to So lebten und so starben sie is Der Weg war Weit. Not cheap, but not bonkers expensive (£35-40).

All the best

Hi Neil,

If you enjoy Endstation Oderfront, you'll like Ramm's first volume, Gott Mit Uns. Fritz Kohlase's works - Brennendes Oderland (vols 1-4) - are in a similar vein (and first rate) although very pricey (but you'll find a fair chunk of them translated in Tony Le Tissier's new book on Kustrin).

All the best

Cheers Neil! Thanks for the tip :-)

Glad you like Frodien - it's a real shame he wasn't in Breslau for the siege; he would have made an excellent chronicler. Plus he's a pretty easy read too. Makes a real change from translating turgid NS speeches...
Hi Neil,
Thanks for the invite! I'm very impressed with the high quality of the books that you've translated and helped produce!! There's so many excellent books on the Luftwaffe that have never been translated into English yet, so your work is greatly appreciated!
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