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Fighting the Bombers: The Luftwaffe's Struggle Against the Allied Bomber Offensive

Fighting the Bombers: The Luftwaffe's Struggle Against the Allied Bomber Offensive


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Fighting the Bombers is an unrivaled look at the Allied bombing campaign of the Second World War from the point of view of the Luftwaffe establishment and command.

The contributing authors were involved in all aspects of German attempts to stem the unrelenting bombardment from the RAF and the USAAF, from tactics in the sky to the long-term strategy and planning on the ground. Also examined is the development of the aircraft themselves and the use of sophisticated radio and radar equipment.

These reports were written immediately after the war, in 1945 and 1946, when most of the authors were prisoners of war and, for the most part, were prepared without the aid official documents and records. As such they represent a view not colored by reflection or clouded with postwar politics.

The reports show the development of the Luftwaffe, particularly the tactics and equipment used in night flying, as the war progressed, and they give a clear understanding of the efforts undertaken to defend the Reich from aerial attack.

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ISBN-13: 9781848328457
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 10/13/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

DAVID C. ISBY is a military historian of renown. He has edited Fighting the Invasion, Fighting in Normandy, Fighting the Bombers and The Luftwaffe Fighter Force.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

The Contributors 9

Part 1 The Defense of the Reich 11

1 Reich Air Defense in World War II: A Strategical-Tactical Survey compiled Generalmajor Hans-Detkj Herhuth von Rohden, August 1946 13

2 The Overall Defense of the Reich: 1940-1944 (January) Generaloberst Hubert Weise 50

3 Development of Nightfighting: July 1940-15 September 1943 General der Flieger Josef Kammbuber 62

Part 2 A Battle of Increasing Numbers and Technology 77

4 Technical and Communications Equipment used in the Reich's Defense Generalmajor Hans-Detlef von Rohden 79

5 German Nightfighting: From 15 June 1943 to May 1945 by Generalleutnant Josef "Beppo" Schmid 85

6 German Dayfighting in the Defense of the Reich: 15 September 1943 to the End of the War by Generalleutnant Josef "Beppo" Schmid 131

Part 3 Developing Technology to Defend the Reich 157

7 Fighter Control: Interrogation of Generalleutnant Adolf Galland 15 October 1945 159

8 Luftwaffe Radars: Interrogation of General der Flieger Wolfgang Martini 10 October 1945 166

9 Luftwaffe Radars and Radios: Interrogation of OKL Staff 173

10 The Me-262: Development, Experience, Success, and Prospects Dr Willi Messerschmitt 186

Part 4 Applying the Technology: Operations and Tactics 193

11 Commanding the Nightfighters: Interrogation of General der Flieger Josef Kammhuber 4, 22, 28 August 1945 195

12 Nightfighter Control Major Heinrich Ruppel 204

13 Nightfighter Direction: Interrogation of Major G. S. Sandmann 16 August 1945 210

14 Nightfighter Operations: Interrogation of Major G. S. Sandmann 1 August 1945 217

15 Nightfighter Tactics: Interrogation of Major Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer (and two NJG 4 Gruppenkommandeure) 21 May 1945 224

16 Nightfighter Tactics (NJG 6) Major Josef Scholls 230

17 Nightfighter Missions: Interrogation of Major Josef Scholls 16 August 1945 237

18 Fighting the P-61: Interrogation of Major Heinrich Ruppel 239

Part 5 Summing Up 245

19 Looking Back by Generalmajor Hans-Detlef Herhuth von Rohden 247

Glossary 251

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