Kesselring: The Making of the Luftwaffe

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Illustrated with maps and a center section of black and white photographs. Kesselring-commander, leader, administrator; the only senior German officer to start and finish the Second World War holding a high command appointment. There was scarcely a major campaign in which he was not at some time deeply involved: he flew in the forefront of the battle over Poland, Holland, Britain, Russia and the Western Desert and was shot down five times; as a field commander he defended Tunisia, Italy and, ultimately, Germany. ...

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Overview

Illustrated with maps and a center section of black and white photographs. Kesselring-commander, leader, administrator; the only senior German officer to start and finish the Second World War holding a high command appointment. There was scarcely a major campaign in which he was not at some time deeply involved: he flew in the forefront of the battle over Poland, Holland, Britain, Russia and the Western Desert and was shot down five times; as a field commander he defended Tunisia, Italy and, ultimately, Germany. But it is as much for his role in the formation and development of the Luftwaffe that Kesselring is remembered-his were many of the ideas, plans and insights about the part played by aircraft in the land battle. They were central to the careful, systematic reorganization and building up of the German military machine in the 1920s and 30s. This first complete biography presents the complex, fascinating personality of a man whose qualities of utter determination, charm and good humor, harnessed to outstanding training and experience, enabled him to cope with both victory and defeat and, finally, when placed on trial for his life, to face his judges with dignity, equanimity and a staunch defense.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848326491
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
  • Publication date: 3/19/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 502,825
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

List of Maps ix

Introduction 11

1 Determined, Militaristic, Amiable 15

2 The Organiser 32

3 Airman in the Ascendant 56

4 The Nemesis of Incomprehension 66

5 Night Bombing and the Russian Interlude 85

6 A Glorified Quartermaster 104

7 Back to Soldiering 126

8 Sicily and the Road to Cassibile 158

9 Against Rommel 175

10 The Consul 187

11 Reputations at Stake 206

12 A Study in Obstinacy 224

13 By Trial and Error 232

14 A Man on His Own 247

Bibliography 253

Index 255

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