Ju 87 Stuka


Royal Navy Carriers


Osprey Duel 111 297 Ju 87 Stuka vx Carrier


Robert Forsyth

Illustrated by

Jim Laurier

This 80-page paperback book is the 111th book in the Duel Series of books that are available from Osprey Publications.

Osprey Duel 111 Flying Stukas

Ju 87 in Formation

Ju 87 dive-bombers, originally developed for pin-pointing bombing missions against land targets and Allied naval vessels were deployed by both the Luftwaffe and the Regia Aeronautica against the Allied forces. Included in such a target were perhaps the greatest prize of all for a Stuka pilot: a British aircraft carrier.

Osprey Duel 111 Carriers


This superbly illustrated book looks at the duel between the Ju 87 Stuka and the aircraft carriers of the Royal Navy. Despite their gun protection (‘pompoms’) and their squadrons of fighters, these immense and mighty vessels proved irresistible targets to determined and experienced Stuka aces as they endeavored to stop British naval intervention in the campaigns in Norway, Malta and Crete. By 1941, the Ju 87 had become known by the British as a fearsome aircraft following its operations in France, specifically at Dunkirk, as well as in the Balkans. For the Luftwaffe, it was an aircraft in which they still had great confidence despite its mauling in the Battle of Britain during the summer of 1940.

Osprey Duel 111 Carrier 4.5 in BD Turrets

4.5 Inch BD Turrets

This book examines the key attributes and shortcomings of both aircraft and carrier by analyzing various compelling episodes including the dramatic attacks on Ark Royal by Stukageschwader (St.G) 1 off Norway in April 1940, the strikes by the Luftwaffe’s St.G 1, St.G 2 and the Regia Aeronautica’s 237° Squadriglia against Illustrious in Malta harbor. Aside from outstanding photography and artwork, this volume also include numerous personal accounts from Stuka crews, the pilots of carrier-borne fighters opposing them and the sailors embarked in the various carriers that came under attack.

Osprey Duel 111 2 pndr Pom Pom

2 pndr Pom-Pom’s

The contents of this book are;

  • Introduction
  • Chronology
  • Design and Development
  • Technical Specifications
  • The Strategic Situation
  • The Combatants
  • Combat
  • Statistics and Analysis
  • Aftermath
  • Further Reading
  • Index

Indomitable Lost In Splashes

Indomitable Lost in Near Miss Splashes


As you read through the pages of this book, you are given the background to both the Ju87 and the Royal Navy Carrier design philosophies. In each case, you read a short history regarding the weapon systems design, including the weapon systems strengths and weaknesses.

Osprey Duel 111 Ju87 Cockpit

Ju 87 Cockpit in Dive Attacking Carrier

This is an excellent comparison of these two weapon systems. It’s an easy read and it flows from chapter to chapter. While it is only an 80-page book, you can gain a lot of information in a short period of time. The wargamer will enjoy this book for the scenarios you read about using the Ju-87 against carriers or naval ships. The modeler will enjoy the book for reference information and for invaluable ideas for diorama setups. The Historian will enjoy adding this insightful book to their library and to broaden their knowledge of the Ju-87 and the armored Carriers of World War II.

This 80-page paperback book is available from Osprey Publications.


9781472840837                         $22.00

eBook (ePub)

9781472840844                         $17.60

eBook (PDF)

9781472840813                         $17.60


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(The photos and drawings included in this review are taken directly from the book and are used with the express permission of Osprey Publications.)