As with the other recent books in this series, this Classic study of the Ju 52 will offer the most comprehensive account published in recent years of this bulwark of the Luftwaffe which first saw military service in the 1930s and was then engaged in operations from the Spanish Civil War through to the end of World War 2. The all-metal, three-engined Ju 52/3m enjoyed a solid reputation amongst its crews and the troops and paratroops who used it and depended on it. It is a machine synymous with the images of the German attacks on Holland and France in 1940 and Crete in 1941 when hundreds of 'Tante Jus' were used to drop paratroopers to successfully to capture key tactical and strategic areas. The full history, however, goes back much further. Built as a passenger aircraft for Deutsche Lufthansa, the Ju 52 ranged as far as South Africa, Mozambique, India and Latin America, as well being operated by several other European countries such as Belgium, Sweden and Finland as well as airlines in Brazil, Equador, Peru and Uruguay. Britain operated several Ju 52s. The aircraft was first blooded in the Spanish Civil War, where it was pressed into service as a crude, but effective bomber with the Legion Condor. From then on the Luftwaffe deployed it on every battle front in the West, in the Mediterranean and in the East. An example also flew in Iraq. The Ju 52 served as a stalwart transport, often operating in the most hostile conditions, with ice or dust, lifting men, animals, food, supplies, ammunition, mail, and spare parts vital for German military operations, such as on the North African supply routes, at Demyansk, Stalingrad and also in the Ardennes in 1944. It was also converted into the ambulance and mine-hunting roles, and was adapted as a seaplane. After the war, the Ju 52 flew on as late as the 1980s, testimony to its strength and reliability.