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 Post subject: Wekusta – Luftwaffe Meteorological Reconnaissance Units &
PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 10:13 am 
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Wekusta – Luftwaffe Meteorological Reconnaissance Units & Operations 1938-1945
by John A, Kington & Franz Selinger

I received my copy this morning and whilst I have only quickly looked through it I have to say on first impressions it was worth the wait.

This A4 sized book has 255 glossy pages and is illustrated throughout with photos (many in colour), aircraft profiles and copies of actual documents.

The opening chapter gives a brief historical background on the origins of meteorology and use of aircraft in Germany for the study of the weather leading up to WWII.

The next chapter gives a brief overview of WWII and the role played by the Wekusta in it.

Chapter 3 (the main body of the book) gives unit histories and covers operations on all fronts. The chapter is broken down by unit and gives the history chronologically with important operational events highlighted. Throughout the chapter there are numerous photos of personnel and aircraft. Not only are the Weskusta covered but also the Frontwetterflugstellen – units formed to fill gaps in operational coverage between Wekusta operational areas. Other frontline units that conducted weather reconnaissance such as KG 40 are also mentioned.

Chapter 4 explains the importance of gathering weather information for the Luftwaffe as a whole and explains typical mission profiles and the type of meteorological data collected. This chapter also explains the Zenitschüssel, the code used to encrypt the data collected, as well as a brief description of the main aircraft types used. The chapter is completed by a brief description of special missions in which the Wekutsa were involved.

The final chapter gives a quick overview of post war German meteorological activities.

Two detailed appendices conclude the book and cover personnel by unit (divided by function - staffelkapitäne, flugzeugführer etc) and a list of Deutsches Kreuz in Gold recipients.

The research for the book draws extensively on primary documentation (archives, personal documentation) as well as previously published material. It is well written and laid out in a logical a format.

For anyone interested in Luftwaffe operations and personnel, especially for more obscure air arms, then I would recommend that this book would be a valuable addition to you library, it’s well worth the money.

Andy (F)

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Andy,

On the basis of this I'm off to order my copy tomorrow.

Many thanks for your review.

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Good man Andy(F). :)
Mine should arrive sometime next week and based on the information I have on the book to date plus your review/overview, it looks like it will be a good read and source of info.

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Positive reviews of this book have just appeared in the following magazines:-

1. Scale Aviation Modeller Int. - March 2007

2.Aeroplane Monthly - April 2007

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Rescued my copy from the Aviation Bookshop last weekend......

Excellent!

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