For the first time in the English language and following years of research, authors Ferdinando D'Amico and Gabriele Valentini analyse the camouflage and markings of the Aeronautica Nazionale Repubblicana (ANR), the fascist air force formed in the ...
wake of Italy's capitulation to the Allies in 1943. This volume will undoubtedly become the defining reference work on the subject. Fighting alongside the Luftwaffe to the bitter end in Northern Italy, the ANR was equipped with the German Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter as well as a range of Italian fighters, bombers, torpedo and transport aircraft - all of which are examined by the authors with the aid of hundreds of previously unpublished photographs showing the camouflage and systems markings by unit and individual pilots. The authors explain the evolution of various units such as the Squadriglia Complementare 'Montefusco', the 1[degrees] and 2[degrees] Gruppo Caccia which were equipped with the Fiat G.55, Macchi C.205 and Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighters, and the Gruppo Aerosiluranti 'Buscaglia' which flew the SIAI S.M.79. Other aircraft are studied such as the SIAI S.81 and SIAI S.8 2 which equipped the ANR transport units and second-line aircraft such as the Avia Fl.3, Breda 25, Reggiane Re.2005, Macchi C.200, Saiman 202, SAI 7, Cant Z 1007, SIAI S.79, Caproni Ca.164 and IMAM Ro.41. The book contains more than 400 rare and often previously unseen photographs and these are accompanied by a clear and concise text with some 40 colour profiles and 'in action' colour graphics, 23 colour plan views and 40 colour plates illustrating ANR markings and codes. Ferdinando D'Amico & Gabriele Valentini are acknowledged experts on the aircraft of the Italian air forces of World War 2. They are the authors of the acclaimed Bf 109 in Italian Service and (with Nick Beale) Air War Italy 1944-45: The Axis Air Forces from the Liberation of Rome to the Surrender.
Number of pages: 224
Date of publication: 18/02/2005
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