The Luftwaffe: A History

The Luftwaffe: A History

by John Killen

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The Luftwaffe: A History by John Killen

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781591109
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
Publication date: 07/19/2013
Edition description: 2nd Edition
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,195,434
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordix
IAircraft and Aces: 1914-19161
IIYear of Attrition: 191711
IIIThe Broken Wings: 191823
IVPhoenix Rising: 1918-192634
VAwaiting Events: 1926-193342
VIAir Force in Embryo: 1933-193549
VIIInto the Arena: Spain, 193662
VIIIThe End of the Airships: 193675
IXAustria to Poland: 1938-193983
XBlitzkrieg! Poland, 193993
XIThe Battering Ram: France, 1940104
XIIA Fortress Besieged: The Battle of Britain122
XIIIHeinkels Over London: September, 1940143
XIVSunshine and Slaughter: Crete, 1941155
XVRed Star Burning: Russia, 1941171
XVIThe Unconquerable Island: Malta, 1942185
XVIIAirlift to Disaster: Stalingrad, 1943207
XVIII"You can call me Meier!" Cologne, 1943218
XIXBombing Round the Clock: 1943231
XXDisintegration: 1944247
XXIFighters, Bombers or Fighter-Bombers? 1944262
XXIIDresden and Berlin: 1945275
XXIIICry Havoc to the End: May, 1945288
Bibliography304
Index306

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