This is the complete story of German air/sea rescue operations during the Second World War. It covers the organisation, methods and changes made during the war and gives many details of operations carried out in waters over which the Luftwaffe passed on operations. Not all of the story is pleasant, and anti-air/sea aircraft operations by the Allies are covered in some detail. Albeit a non-aggressive task, this history makes good reading and is well worth buying, as it gives a greater dimension to German air operations than has been available before.
This is a complete history of German antiaircraft developments from 1906 to 1945. It traces the arm from anti-balloon weapons in 1906 to the high altitude guns and anti-aircraft rockets of 1944-45. It is a fascinating examination of what was an increasingly important arm within the German Forces in the Second World War, designed to defend Germany from the Allied Combined Bombing Offensive. There is a wealth of detail on the guns and rockets including much technical data. Although difficult to read in parts due to the low quality of the original, it will reward perseverance with a picture of German flak never before seen.
This is a complete history of the German Air Force from 1919 to the start of the Second World War. It covers the end of the old air force of World War I, and the rebirth of a new air force. The book covers the creation of a command structure and the actual build-up, at first secret, of a new German Air Force. The political considerations are also mentioned. The book includes not only aircraft, but signals and flak, meteorology and ground staff, and the aircraft industry in Germany between the wars. The final chapter looks at preparations for war. This analysis is exceptional, and will, for all readers, fill in a number of details and answer a number of questions. Highly recommended. [see also Rise and Fall of the Luftwaffe]
Allied bomber aircraft were vunerable to attack by the Luftwaffe, and during the first half of the Second World War the fighters sent to escort them and protect against the Luftwaffe were woefully short of range, often turning back before the bombers even reached enemy territory. This is the story of the solutions to the problem, and how US and RAF aircraft were able eventually to go right into the heart of Germany to safeguard the crews and aircraft of the bomber arm.
This is the first of three volumes covering operations by the Luftwaffe in Operation Barbarossa. It looks initially at the background to the war against Russia and the deployment of Soviet and German Air Forces in June 1941. It continues with detailed descriptions of air operations to gain air superiority and a narrative of air operations from the far North to the Crimea, with many references to the needs for support and interdiction from the German Army. It was written by LtGen Plocher who was closely involved in the actual operations and is perhaps the only english language material available from such a valuable source. [see also Volumes for 1942 and 1942]
This is the second volume in the history of Luftwaffe operations in the Russian campaign and covers 1942. It starts with a description of the military situation at the start of 1942 and then covers operations in all Army Group areas from North to South. The last two chapters deal with Stalingrad and cover the air side of the battle in detail. This book will add to the knowledge of this fateful battle and the turn of fortunes that occurred in the winter of 1942/43. [see also Luftwaffe Air Lift Operations]
This is the third part of our series on the Luftwaffe in Russia and covers operations from Stalingrad, and includes the Kuban Bridgehead defence. It then describes Luftwaffe preparations for and combat in Operation Zitadelle and the fighting in the Orel salient. Further chapters cover air and flak in the battle for the Crimea, operations in the north and far north and ends with a critique of Luftwaffe operations in the east in 1943.
This is a history written by a German Officer who was there - in Goering's Air Ministry - which set up and ran the German Air Force - the Luftwaffe, as well as having interests in civil aviation. It is a chronological treatment of all important matters from 1934 through to 1939, and gives a complete picture of this important state organ, together with all the component offices within its control
This is a reprint of the official RAF manual for aircrew of this heavy bomber - the companion of the Avro Lancaster (of which the similar manual will be published in 2008). It includes every possible detail about the aircraft from landing gear to upper gun turret and from nose to tail. Illustrated with some exceptional line drawings, this manual brings this fine aircraft to life.
This is the only history of the German Air Force General Staff in English. It is a translation of the manuscript by General Nielsen, which was written after the war for the research department of the US Air Force. It covers all aspects of the Luftwaffe General Staff, including development, personnel, organisation and the problems faced by these officers, and is recommended because one cannot understand the Luftwaffe fully without knowing who was doing the thinking and planning.
This is the first volume of a series of monographs on Luftwaffe involvement in the Polish campaign in 1939. It covers the preparations for the attack, the Luftwaffe intelligence estimate, concentrations prior to the attack and the strength of the Luftwaffe on 1 September 1939. It also covers Flak strengths and the territorial organisation of the German Air Force. This is an important document in that it sets the scene for the start of the Second World War in the air.
This volume continues the story of the Luftwaffe campaign in Poland (and see Volume I: Planning) and covers operations from 1 to 5 September 1939. These were the first operations in war of the most modern air force in the world at the time, and established the ground rules for air/ground support and aerial warfare that are still effective today. Needless to say there is much detail also on air/ground cooperation. This is an essential book in the library of any student of air warfare.
This is the first of a series of publications on air warfare which MLRS are publishing. It covers the events of the Spanish Civil War from the point of view of the Germans, and particularly the Luftwaffe. It includes much detail of the ground fighting as well as activity in the air. The Condor Legion was originally formed to transport troops for the Nationalists from North Africa but soon became fully engaged as air support and as a bombing force. This publication covers the whole war and in detail. It describes the events leading up to the German involvement, and the aircraft available, as well as the operations undertaken by the Legion. This publication is of a unique source document, which has never been published before; it has been obtained from the US Air Force archives, and MLRS is extremely pleased to be able to offer it to our readers. The volume is reprinted exactly as the original with the exception that the pages have been slightly reduced in size (the original is on foolscap) and renumbered because the original numbering system was extremely confusing.
This manual was issued by the British Air Ministry in 1948, and is a complete and detailed history of the German Luftwaffe from concept to defeat. There is little that can be said about the book except that it is the best history possible and makes exceptionally good reading, covering all aspects of the Luftwaffe story with ample illustrations, maps and tables.
This book consists of two volumes, both written after the war by German Officers who were intimately involved in the subject, and who were recruited by the US Air Force to commit their memoirs and recollections to paper for future historical study. This is the first time these papers have been available in print outside the United States. This is a detailed account of Luftwaffe plans for its participation in the proposed invasion of England in 1940 - Operation Sealion. The role of the Luftwaffe was partly support for naval and land forces and partly interdiction and air combat against the Royal Air Force. The book gives a full account of how the Luftwaffe intended to carry out its tasks. It also looks at the military-political developments during the second half of 1940 and the postponement of the operation. There is in addition a critique of the operation itself and comments on the problems of the military command. An interesting picture of what might have been.
As the title explains this volume covers the methods used by the Luftwaffe to decide which targets to attack, and also gives many examples of the results achieved, in all operational theatres. Targets included those chosen in the battles for air superiority as well as support operations for the German Army and Navy. There is also a discussion of operational and strategic aspects, with many examples of mission assignments. This is a valuable addition to our other volumes in the Air War series, explaining the resaons for the many attacks the Luftwaffe made, and the sucessful or otherwise outcome.
This is a complete record of all operations carried out by all US Air Forces during the Second World War. It is published in two volumes because of the sheer size of the original - 740 pages. Every air operation is described mostly with aircraft involved, aircraft that bombed targets and losses. Invaluable for all air historians.