JAGDGESCHWADER 53 'PIK-AS'.
- Arguably the archetypal Luftwaffe fighter unit of World War 2, JG 53 aircraft were encountered on almost every fighting front from the first day of hostilities until the last. During almost six years of near-constant campaigning, JG 53 took a steady toll of Allied aircraft in every theatre it fought over. The variety of camouflage finishes worn by its machines -winter white, desert dapple and Reich's defence black - and the progression of variants are reflected in an eye-opening colour section. John Weal has spent several years researching in German archives and this, together with his personal contact with several veterans, results in an authoritative and human account of JG 53's long and eventful war.
The Phoney War and France
The Battle of Britain and After
Barbarossa the Invasion of Russia
Defending the North Sea Coast
To the Mediterranean Malta and El Alamein
Out of Africa Tunisia, Sicily and Itlay
Round Two in Russia
Defence of the Reich
The End in East and West
Appendices: Unit Commanders, Knights Cross recepients