INTO THE ASSAULT: The biographies of the leading dive-bomber pilots of
Great Britain, Germany, Japan, America, Italy and France.
UK & US Editions
The biographies of some of World War II’s leading exponents of the dive- bombing
art from all the combatant nations - Egusa of Japan; Mesny of France; Cenni of
Italy; Partridge of Britain; Polbin of the Soviet Union; Enneccerus of Germany
and Glidden of the USA. Through their eyes the famous actions are chronicled with
a good selection of photographs of the men, their aircraft and their targets.
This unique and outstanding presentation of the viewpoints of pilots from very
different nationalities and air forces, all of whom used the dive- bomber to excellent
effect and really made a difference to the war efforts of their nations, was,
again, an innovation when it first appeared. Very seldom had the opinions and
points of view of former enemy pilots been allowed space in a English-language
publication, and certainly never had dive-bombing from the sharp end been so comprehensively
Their aircraft might have varied considerable as well, the Blackburn Skua, Douglas
SBD Dauntless, Aichi D3A1/2 Val and Junkers Ju87 Stuka were all slow aircraft,
whereas the Soviet Pe-2 Peshka and the North American A- 36 Apache were both as
fast, or faster, than many Allied and Axis fighter planes, but they all employed
that special precision and accuracy of attack that marked the dive-bomber and
made their pilots aces in their profession.
American, Japanese, Chinese and Russian editions of the book duly followed.