Focke-Wulf Fw 190 in the Battle for Sicily

Morten Jessen, Andrew Arthy

Date Published :
August 2015
Publisher :
Air War Publications
Illustration :
Full color throughout, 137 b/w photos, maps
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9788799335206
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 12.5 X 10 inches
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"A fascinating and thoroughly researched account of Focke-Wulf 190 units, personnel and operations in the Sicilian campaign of the summer of 1943. Based on a variety of primary sources, this book describes many of the very eventful missions flown by a handful of Luftwaffe Fw 190s against a multitude of British and American land and naval targets. The book features numerous firsthand accounts from German, British, American and Commonwealth personnel, along with a wide selection of photographs and maps, and color aircraft profiles by well-known aviation artist Claes Sundin. The reader is also given a good idea of daily life for the Fw 190 pilots and mechanics during what was a long, hot Mediterranean summer, as they battled Allied bombing raids, lack of supplies, malaria, and many other complications.

This is the first time that the full story of the Fw 190 in the battle for Sicily has been told, and this book will serve as the definitive account of this aspect of aviation history."

About The Author

Morten Jessen was born in 1976 and lives in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has an educational background in business administration and computer science. He started working as a freelance IT-project coordinator and database designer, but joined IBM for four years, before becoming an independent IT-consultant again in 2008. In addition to his business background, Morten received an education as a chocolatier in 2013 – a line of work he hopes to pursue in the future. Among Morten’s other passions are music, cooking, photography and traveling.

Andrew Arthy was born in 1983 and lives in North Queensland, Australia. He was interested in the history of warfare from a young age, and received his Ph.D. in military history from the University of New England, New South Wales, in 2009. Together with Morten Jessen, he has written the books Focke-Wulf Fw 190 in North Africa and Focke-Wulf Fw 190 in the Battle for Sicily. Andrew has also had articles published in military and aviation history magazines in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany and Australia. Aside from his passion for military history, Andrew enjoys fishing, reading, and watching and playing cricket, and is an avid fan of Newcastle United Football Club.


There are plenty of books on the Focke-Wulf Fw 190; many volumes have been published on WWII's second-most famous German fighter in service in north-west Europe and the Eastern Front, but the battle for Sicily? To my memory, nothing in any depth has been issued on this particular campaign and that's what makes Danish and Australian authors Morten Jessen and Andrew Arthy's new title so fascinating and unique. The book is a follow-up to their 2004 volume 'Focke-Wulf Fw 190 in North Africa' and is an imposing production; it's a large format, 224 page hardback and the highly photogenic (if fighter aircraft can be considered photogenic) full-bleed image on the cover is almost irresistible if you are addicted to WWII aviation. The book is clearly produced with an eye for visual impact; as I often seem to state in this section each month, the photographic reproduction is excellent and many of the images are printed large on the page, all grist-to-the-mill for the modeler, hungry for Luftwaffe eye-candy. There are no less than 137 b/w and three color photographs in the book, plus eleven color profiles (by distinguished artist Claes Sundin) as well as maps that clearly define the specific zones of Fw 190 operation. For the modeller, there is a great deal of interest in this book. Naturally, lashings of punchy wartime photos of Fw 190s are scattered throughout and they give tantalizing clues to camouflage schemes, markings and the inevitable weathering; great stuff. But what really impresses is the sheer attention to detail; those six years of research were well spent and the result is an exhaustive account of the infamous Butcher Bird and its exploits in the vicious battle for the island of Sicily. Very highly recommended.

- Tamiya Model Magazine, Marcus Nicholls

In this book the eventful history of the Fw 190 units in the Mediterranean is described from 14 May to 2 September 1943, with special attention to the battle for Sicily. It is extremely well-researched and excellently illustrated, with the story focusing on, amongst other things, why the Fw 190 was so important there.

Like everywhere in this book, facts and figures complement each other perfectly, with many eyewitness accounts from both sides.

Although the presentation follows a chronological thread, it remains a varied and well told story and an easy read. This exemplary book provides an overall picture of what happened, and tops it off with no less than ten meticulously compiled appendices, i.e. detailed casualty lists, camouflage and markings etc., not to mention the eleven exceptional color profiles by Claes Sundin. Conclusion: one of the best new releases for a long time!

- Flugzeig Classic, Wolfgang Mühlbauer