Hitler's Luftwaffe Hardcover – 1 Oct 1997
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A historical analysis of the rise and fall of Nazi air power including a technical directory of all the major aircraft flown in combat and training. It follows the success and failure of the Luftwaffe against the allies in both attack and defence and includes statistical information, a look at organisation and the famous flying aces. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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There are some splendid photographs, many showing planes on the ground surrounded by supporting groundcrew and equipment, giving lots of ideas for modelling dioramas.
The reproduction of the pictures is cheap and some of the fonts used are horrendous, but these should not detract from a useful and enjoyable book. In the forward one of the authors says that "it is bound to be a bestseller" (!) I hope his unbounded optimism was justified.
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The really interesting and unique part of this book is the first 100 pages that covers aircraft use in the different campaigns of the war. It doesn't go into great detail since that would take volumes, but it is a great overview with enough depth to give a historical perspective that I found interesting.
Since this book is out of print you can only get used copies, but my copy was in great condition aside from a bit of wear on the dust jacket.
Consider this excerpt in the section on Night Fighter's War 1943-1945: [Speaking of a British bomber-vs-German night fighter]
' 'Did they realize how small were their chances if once seen by a fighter? I guess that none knew that the exhausts of their Lancasters could be spotted from a mile-and-a-half, and they could be seen as silhouettes against the stars from nearly a mile away, while the fighter could be seen against the ground at only about a hundred yards' So wrote an experienced RAF night fighter pilot. Indeed, by 1943, through the efforts of science, the night sky offered but a tattered cloak to hide the nocturnal bomber.' No wonder that with plentiful fuel, radar-equipped fighters and experienced pilots, Germany could take a growing percentage of bombers during 1944, but fuel and counter-ops soon crimped them.
The second part dealt with Germany's aircraft.
From the Arado AR-65 trainer to Siebel multi-engine trainer, it is a concise listing of combat, transport and training craft used by the Luftwaffe. German industry cranked out dozens of designs each year of the Reich, but few made it to squadrons. Of course, the numerous Focke-wulfs and Messerschmitts are covered. Equal space is given to those end-of-war miracle machines.
Accompanied by Luftwaffe Chain of Command and Glossary.
For more detailed listing of aircraft: Warplanes of the Third Reich.
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