ROBERT STEDMAN has been a passionate collector of Great War and Second World War militaria for over 25 years. A regular contributor to international militaria magazines, he enjoys occasional work as a military adviser to TV, film and theatre. As a member of the Association for Military Remembrance, with whom he takes part in museum lectures, he is proud to have paraded at the Cenotaph and the Menin Gate. He currently lives in the south of England, and his hobbies include sleeping in trenches and restoring uniforms.
Luftwaffe Air & Ground Crew 1939-45by Robert F Stedman, Mike Chappell
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The Luftwaffe, honed in the Spanish Civil War, played a vital part in Germany's 'Blitzkrieg' victories during the 1939-41 period of World War II. Badly overstretched by war on three fronts in 1942-44, it was crippled by an incompetent commander-in-chief, the losses among experienced aircrew, and shortage of fuel. In 1944-45 it faced a final battle of attrition in skies ruled by the Allies as the Eastern and Western pincers closed on the Reich; but until the very end the dwindling band of veteran pilots - among them the greatest 'aces' the world has ever known - presented a potent threat. This fact-packed review of Luftwaffe uniforms and flying kit is illustrated with rare personal photos, insignia charts, and two dozen meticulously detailed colour figures.
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