The study of the Luftwaffe during the World War 2 is still of ermous interest to aviation enthusiasts and modellers. Whilst much has been published on the subject, this, the first of two volumes, will assert a strong claim to be the definitive study of that most complex and fascinating subject, the Luftwaffe's colours and markings. Ken Merrick has been researching this area for 20 years and has uncovered much new information which is published here for the first time. The detailed text provides evidence to challenge a number of previously accepted theories. This volume will contain over 300 photographs, many in colour, as well as diagrams and artwork. The research has included contact and liaison with the companies which made the actual paint applied to Luftwaffe aircraft and the book will include colour paint chips, specially prepared from these original formulas. For modellers in particular, this degree of accuracy wil be invaluable. Among the topics covered in this volume are paint composition, civil registrations, factory registration marks, unit codes and badges, the balkenkreuz and the hakenkreuz. Aircraft featured include day fighters, those used in training, liason and reconnaissance units and helicopters. The second volume, which is in preparation, will deal with other major categories of aircraft including, bombers and night fighters. Detailed appendices cover other areas such as paint specifications and werk nummer.