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Shadow over the Atlantic


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A unique insight into the U-boat war in World War II, focusing on FAGr 5, the Luftwaffe's only long-range maritime reconnaissance and U-boat cooperation unit, which sought to direct the German submarines at the Allied convoys vital to prosecuting the war in Europe.

Table of Contents

Introduction and Acknowledgements Author's Note Glossary Map 1. Dark Waters 2. Junkers' Colossus: the Ju 290 3. Eyes over the Eastern Front 4. Formation 5. 'Now it's serious' 6. The Kommandeur's Report 7. A Burning Question 8. To see, or not to see 9. Black February 10. Fading Shadows 11. Fight and Flight 12. 4./FAGr 5, by Nick Beale 13. Return to the Reich 14. 'Special Tasks' 15. 'Divide and Fall' 16. 'Genieße den Krieg, der Friede wird furchtbar!’ Appendices Endnotes Bibliography and Sources Index

About the Author

Robert Forsyth has studied the history and operations of the Luftwaffe for many years. He is the author of JV 44 – The Galland Circus (1996), Battle over Bavaria – The B-26 versus the German Jets (1998), Mistel – German Composite Aircraft and Operations 1942-1945 (2001), Messerschmitt Me 264 Amerikabomber (2006), He 162 Volksjäger, Heinkel He 111 and Junkers Ju 52 (with Eddie J Creek), all for Classic Publications/Ian Allan Publishing/Crecy Publishing. He has also written seven books for Osprey in the Aviation Elite Units, Aircraft of the Aces, Combat Aircraft and Duel series. Finally, he has written articles for Aeroplane magazine and The Aviation Historian, and is a member of the Editorial Board of the latter publication. Jim Laurier is a native of New England, growing up in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He has been drawing since he could hold a pencil, and throughout his life he has worked in many mediums, creating artwork on a variety of subjects. He has worked on the Osprey Aviation list since 2000, and in that time he has produced some of the finest artwork seen in these volumes. Jim completed the profile and badge artwork for the plate section for this title.


"[Shadow over the Atlantic] is significant in telling the story of [the Battle of the Atlantic] from the point of view of the German maritime reconnaissance flyer, whose story has never before been told outside the official records. The history through to the war's end is thoroughly covered, appealing to both naval and aviation enthusiasts alike." --WWII History Magazine "This is a story never told in such detail, enhanced by a folio of interesting photos, as well as several color profiles of these unusual planes." --The Hook Magazine, Journal of Carrier Aviation ". . . bridges a significant gap in late-war aviation. The story has never been told in such detail. The book contains a folio of interesting photos, as well as several profiles of these unusual German aircraft and the men who flew them." --Peter Mersky, Naval Aviation News

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