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Bodenplatte: The Luftwaffe's Last Hope
     

Bodenplatte: The Luftwaffe's Last Hope

by John Manrho, Ron Putz
 

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• Definitive account of the last great Luftwaffe attack of World War II • Gripping stories of Fw 190s and Bf 109s in combat • Contains hundreds of eyewitness accounts and rare photos In the early morning of January 1, 1945, as the Battle of the Bulge smoldered to an end, the German Luftwaffe--assumed to be starved of fuel and fighting spirit--launched a

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• Definitive account of the last great Luftwaffe attack of World War II • Gripping stories of Fw 190s and Bf 109s in combat • Contains hundreds of eyewitness accounts and rare photos In the early morning of January 1, 1945, as the Battle of the Bulge smoldered to an end, the German Luftwaffe--assumed to be starved of fuel and fighting spirit--launched a massive, surprise, low-level strike on Allied airfields throughout France, Belgium, and Holland, an operation code-named Bodenplatte. More than 900 German aircraft took to the skies and attacked the vulnerable fields, destroying 200 Allied aircraft and damaging 150 more. In a pyrrhic victory, the Luftwaffe lost 271 fighters, with many more damaged, and 213 pilots--irreplaceable losses at this stage of the war.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811706865
Publisher:
Stackpole Books
Publication date:
07/16/2010
Series:
Stackpole Military History Series
Pages:
576
Sales rank:
217,834
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.60(d)

Meet the Author

John Manrho lives in England.

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