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Graphic War: The Secret Aviation Drawings and Illustrations of World War II

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Graphic War is a superb collection of top-secret drawings, including training manuals and colorful wartime posters, from World War II. They were brilliantly created from a few downed aircraft, but mainly from pilots’ views of the enemy in the air, during missions.

Almost all of the material was originally listed as “restricted — official use only” and previously unpublished in any form. The cutaway drawings of the aircraft and airborne weaponry were critical to the war efforts of Allied and Axis forces alike. As there was little intelligence available to pilots about the design, power and armament on opposing aircraft, these “graphic transcriptions” were essential.

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