The Eye of the Eagle books for Swansea, Cardiff and Barry.

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The two Eye of the Eagle books are an invaluable contribution to the history of the war in the air over South Wales in the winter of 1940-41 during the darkest days of World War Two.

The original Eye of the Eagle book looks at the reconnaissance photographs taken by the Luftwaffe over Swansea. The book contains 15 full size aerial photographs taken between 1 July 1940 and 24 February 1941. Each photograph has an explanatory text. There is also an explanation of Luftwaffe reconnaissance methods and units.

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ROBINS, Nigel A. Eye of the Eagle. The Luftwaffe Aerial Photographs of Swansea. Paperback. 20pp. Illustrated. 4.99 net. ISBN 0 9522 863 0 0. Size A4 (210 x 297mm.) 

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Eye of the Eagle 2 follows on from the remarkable success of the original work. In an enlarged and fully referenced work, the author examines and explains Luftwaffe survey methods and relates the air activity to the overall German strategy in the air war over South Wales. An explanation of the role of the South Wales ports during the early war years helps the reader understand the importance of the Welsh ports to the British war effort. 

A series of survey photographs of Cardiff and Barry are accompanied by explanatory texts. 

ROBINS, Nigel A., Eye of the Eagle 2. The Luftwaffe Aerial Photographs of Cardiff and Barry. Paperback. 36pp. Illustrated. 5.99 net.  ISBN 0 9522 863 1 9. Size A4 (210 x 297 mm.).

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