The Luftwaffe: A History

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John Killen's exhaustive work is a study of German air power between 1915 and 1945, from the early days of flying when Immelmann, Boelke, Richtofen and other First World War aces fought and died to give Germany air supremacy, to the nightmare existence of the Luftwaffe as the Third Reich plunged headlong to destruction.

Here are the aircraft: the frail biplanes and triplanes of the Kaiser's war; the great Lufthansa aircraft and airships of the turbulent Thirties; the monoplanes ...

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Overview

John Killen's exhaustive work is a study of German air power between 1915 and 1945, from the early days of flying when Immelmann, Boelke, Richtofen and other First World War aces fought and died to give Germany air supremacy, to the nightmare existence of the Luftwaffe as the Third Reich plunged headlong to destruction.

Here are the aircraft: the frail biplanes and triplanes of the Kaiser's war; the great Lufthansa aircraft and airships of the turbulent Thirties; the monoplanes designed to help Hitler in his conquest of Europe. Here are the generals who forged the air weapon of the Luftwaffe - the swaggering Goering, the playboy Udet, the ebullient Kesselring and the scapegoat Jeschonnek; here, too, are the pilots who tried to keep faith with their Fatherland despite overwhelming odds; Adolf Galland, Werner Molders, Joachim Marseille and Hanna Reitsch. Not least are the actions fought by the Luftwaffe from the Spanish Civil War to the Battle of Britain, through the bloody struggle for Crete and the siege of Stalingrad to the fearful twilight over Berlin.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781781591109
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
  • Publication date: 8/19/2013
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 766,804
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
I Aircraft and Aces: 1914-1916 1
II Year of Attrition: 1917 11
III The Broken Wings: 1918 23
IV Phoenix Rising: 1918-1926 34
V Awaiting Events: 1926-1933 42
VI Air Force in Embryo: 1933-1935 49
VII Into the Arena: Spain, 1936 62
VIII The End of the Airships: 1936 75
IX Austria to Poland: 1938-1939 83
X Blitzkrieg! Poland, 1939 93
XI The Battering Ram: France, 1940 104
XII A Fortress Besieged: The Battle of Britain 122
XIII Heinkels Over London: September, 1940 143
XIV Sunshine and Slaughter: Crete, 1941 155
XV Red Star Burning: Russia, 1941 171
XVI The Unconquerable Island: Malta, 1942 185
XVII Airlift to Disaster: Stalingrad, 1943 207
XVIII "You can call me Meier!" Cologne, 1943 218
XIX Bombing Round the Clock: 1943 231
XX Disintegration: 1944 247
XXI Fighters, Bombers or Fighter-Bombers? 1944 262
XXII Dresden and Berlin: 1945 275
XXIII Cry Havoc to the End: May, 1945 288
Bibliography 304
Index 306
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