The very much asked for, most extensively updated and very much expanded completely new edition of Black Cross Red Star Volume 1.
When the first edition of Volume 1 was published twenty years ago, it hit the WW II interested community as a bomb.
Richard Goldblatt at SimHqCom, called it ”without a doubt one of the finest aviation history books I’ve ever read,” and J.J. Fedorowicz called it ”an indispensable reference – highly recommended.”
At Stone & Stone it was voted as the No. 1 military history book of the year.
That edition was sold out in about a year, and since no new edition was published, it has become a rarity, with the price never below three-digit figures in Euro or USD. Today, the price at amazon.com for the first edition of Volume 1 is between EUR 372.00 and EUR 386.03.
However, the first edition of Volume 1 was based on the amount of research undertaken by the authors in the late 1990s. Christer Bergström has continued his in-depth research into the subject ever since then, and the result is a new edition of Black Cross/Red Star, Volume 1 that exceeds the first edition regarding the quality of the material to the point that the new edition actually is a completely new book.
The first edition contained a maximum of 100,000 words. The second edition not only has much higher quality as far as the research is concerned but also contains twice that wordcount, a very large number of absolutely new photos (many of which are from pilot veterans’ photo albums and have never been published before), printed in the same high quality as in Volumes 4 and 5.
Aircraft color profiles
Many large and clear maps
This edition of Volume 1 that is so heavily updated and expanded that it more or less is a completely new book.
The graphics of the new Volume 1 (and each volume in the series) is like the quality in Volume 4.
In order to bring about a quick release of Volume 1, I consider a crowdfunding-solution. The crowdfunders will also have their names printed as an acknowledgment in the book.
I ask everyone who wants to participate in the crowdfunding to e-mail me.
This also applies to people who don’t want to crowdfund, but who wish to pre-order a signed copy for $70.00 plus postage.
Please ask anyone interested in the Black Cross/Red Star series to just send me a short e-mail with the header ”Want info on Black Cross/Red Star”. The e-mail should be sent to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
And please spread the word on communities on the Internet!
One more thing: Please ask around at book stores in your country to find book stores interested in taking in a couple of copies. No one could inform them better than you of the great interest in this unique book!
/ Christer Bergström