The Luftwaffe Fighter Force: The View from the Cockpit

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This unique compilation of in-depth accounts by major figures in the German fighter force in World War II describes, in the words of the men who did the flying and the fighting, how the Luftwaffe operated and carried out its missions. These accounts are written by professionals for professionals and record the German fighter leaders' views on their aircraft, the aircraft used by the Allies, operations, tactics, training, technology, aircrew and reasons for the ultimate failure of the Luftwaffe. They were compiled...
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Overview

This unique compilation of in-depth accounts by major figures in the German fighter force in World War II describes, in the words of the men who did the flying and the fighting, how the Luftwaffe operated and carried out its missions. These accounts are written by professionals for professionals and record the German fighter leaders' views on their aircraft, the aircraft used by the Allies, operations, tactics, training, technology, aircrew and reasons for the ultimate failure of the Luftwaffe. They were compiled for the use of the USAAF soon after the war was over.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853673276
  • Publisher: Greenhill Books/Lionel Leventhal, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/15/1998
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.51 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations, Maps and Diagrams
Introduction
Biographies
Glossary
Pt. 1 The Fighter Force
1 History and Developments of GAF Fighter Commands
2 The Organization and Function of Fighter Units
3 A History of the Twin-Engine Fighter Force
4 German Fighter Pilots: Equipment and Service
5 Mobility of Fighter Units
Pt. 2 The Offensive War
6 Escort Tactics
7 Typical Orders for Fighter Escort to a Geschwader (Battle of Britain)
8 Fighter Tactics: The Free Hunt
9 Typical Fighter Sweep
10 Fighter Escort for Ship Convoys and Naval Units
11 Protection of Naval Forces and Convoys by Fighter Forces
Pt. 3 Air-Ground Operations
12 Fighter-Bomber Tactics
13 Fighters in Ground Attack
14 Typical Ground Attack Mission by a Fighter Geschwader
15 Organization of Ground Attack Units
16 Principles for the Control of Operations of Ground Attack Units
17 Ground Attack Operations
18 Ground Attack Tactics
19 Tactical Execution of Ground Attack Missions in the FW 190
20 Mistakes and Omissions in the GAF Ground Attack Arm
Pt. 4 The Defensive War
21 The Evolution of the Defense of the Reich
22 Attacks on Heavy Bombers
23 Weapons for Combating Four-Engine Bombers by Day
24 A Typical Fighter Mission Briefing in Defense of the Reich
25 A Typical Mission in the Defense of the Reich
26 Conduct of a Company Front Attack
27 Experiences in Combat against the Boeing Fortress II and Consolidated Liberator (1942)
28 Tactical Regulations for SE and TE Fighter Formations in Air Defense (1943)
29 Air Defense of the Reich: The Fighter Arm (1944)
Pt. 5 Summing Up
30 GAF Opinions of Allied Aircraft
31 Allied Fighters and Equipment
32 Allied Aircraft
33 Plans of the German Fighter Force for the Continuation of World War II
34 The Most Important Mistakes of the Luftwaffe as Seen from the Standpoint of the GAF Fighter Force
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