Luftwaffe's Way of War: German Air Force Doctrine, 1911-1945

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The staff papers of the Luftwaffe expose the inner workings of the German Air Force's high command. These doctrines have been translated into English by James S. Corum and Richard R. Muller, two distinguished American scholars of air force history. Their work includes pre-World War I correspondence on aviation from General von Moltke, the first German aviation manual guidelines of 1913, World War I air support instructions, a 1920s study of air forces, the Luftwaffe Air War Doctrine of 1935, directives for ...
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Overview

The staff papers of the Luftwaffe expose the inner workings of the German Air Force's high command. These doctrines have been translated into English by James S. Corum and Richard R. Muller, two distinguished American scholars of air force history. Their work includes pre-World War I correspondence on aviation from General von Moltke, the first German aviation manual guidelines of 1913, World War I air support instructions, a 1920s study of air forces, the Luftwaffe Air War Doctrine of 1935, directives for officers, World War II tactical instructions, and more.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781877853470
  • Publisher: Nautical & Aviation Publishing Company of America, The
  • Publication date: 10/22/1997
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,441,143
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Pre-World War I
Correspondence on Aviation from General von Moltke to the Prussian War Ministry, 1911-13 20
Correspondence on Aviation from General von Moltke, Chief of the General Staff, to the Inspectorate for Military Transportation 31
Developing Military Aviation 34
The First German Aviation Manual: Guidelines for Training the Troops about Aircraft and Means of Resisting Aircraft 37
Pt. II World War I
Air Force Support For The Field Armies: Instructions on the Mission and Utilization of Flying Units Within an Army 48
Air Support for Ground Troops: The Infantry Airplane and the Infantry Balloon 66
Pt. III The 1920s
Army Regulation 487: Leadership and Battle with Combined Arms 72
Reichswehr Air Operations Manual: A Study of Air Forces and their Employment 86
The Operational Air War: German Strategic Doctrine: Directives for the Execution of the Operational Air War 91
Air War of the Future: Thoughts of a Soldier 113
Pt. IV Luftwaffe Air War Doctrine of 1935
Conduct of Aerial Warfare 118
Pt. V Air Doctrine of the 1930s
Air Doctrine of the Early 1930s 160
Planning for War against Poland and France: The Future War in the Air and its Effect on Maneuver in the Army 162
Air Support for Armored Forces: Cooperation between Panzer Units and the Luftwaffe 168
Directive from Operations Section, Headquarters III Corps (Military District III): Cooperation with the Luftwaffe 169
The Training of Luftwaffe Officers: Luftwaffe Regulation 7: Directives for the Training of the Luftwaffe - Part 6: Officer Training 172
Herhudt von Rohden on Air Warfare: The Air Force and the Overall Conduct of Warfare 178
Supplying the Luftwaffe in Wartime 186
Pt. VI World War II: The Years of Victory 1939-1942
Luftwaffe Army Support Doctrine on the Eve of War: Guidelines for the Operations of Flying Units in Direct Support of the Army 194
Critique of the Polish Campaign: Guidelines for Army-Air Force Cooperation based on the Experience of the Polish Campaign 200
Luftwaffe Close Air Support, 1941: Tactical Instructions for the Employment of Close Combat Formations, May 1941 206
The Luftwaffe and "Friendly Fire": Instructions for the Cooperation of Ground Troops with Units of VIII Fliegerkorps 217
Employment of Reconnaissance Units on the Eastern Front, 1942: Regulations for VIII Fliegerkorps Reconnaissance Formations 220
Pt. VII World War II: The Years of Defeat 1943-45
The Luftwaffe and Railway Interdiction: Instructions Concerning Operations against Railways 230
Strategic Bombing of the USSR: The Attack against the Soviet Armaments Industry, November 1943 242
Strategic Bombing Plans for the USSR: Second Phase: Target Selection for the Moscow-Upper Volga Region 254
Luftwaffe Close Air Support in the West: Instructions for Air Force Support (Western Front) 257
Employment of Night Ground-attack Aircraft: Instructions: Night Ground-attack Units 262
Disintegration of the Luftwaffe: Tactical Observations of the Luftwaffe High Command No. 5/44 274
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