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.
The campaign in East Africa was one in which British and Commonwealth forces faced the Italians, and won. This is the story of those battles from the point of view of the RAF. Despite being an air paper it contains a wealth of detail on ground operations and can be used as a first class Vade mecum in any study of the area and the period. A rare item of great significance in studying the early form of warfare in the Second World War.
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.
The RAF account of operations in Italy from June 1944 to the end of the campaign in May 1945. The story begins with fall of Rome, gives much information on Operation DIADEM, the capture of Elba, the Gothic Line battles, winter operations 1944-45, cutting air communications between Germany and Italy, the Battle of the Brenner, air cooperation during the last battles in Italy and the final outcome of the campaign. A very important volume in the series on ait operations in the Second World War. With 30 maps and other illustrations.
This is the first of two volumes on the Italian Campaign from the point of view of the British Air Force (but also includes US air operations as well).Written to the usual very high standards of the AHB, it covers operations from the capture of Pantelleria Island, the Planning and invasion of Italy to the Fall of Rome.Of fundamental importance to all students of the Italain Campaign.
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 fourth volume covering the war in North Africa and the Mediterranean includes information on the importance of Malta, the El Alamain position and the battle of Alam El Halfa, the battle of El Alamein, the pursuit after the battle, the capture of Cyrenaica and action at El Agheila, the advance to Tripoli and the end of the campaign. This whole set of four books covers every air aspect of the campaign in North Africa, and also comments in some detail on ground operations and the air-ground cooperation and support elements of the campaign.
The story of the campaign in the Middle east continues in this second narrative volume, which covers operations in Libya and the western desert from June 1941 to January 1942. It includes much detail on Operations Battleaxe and Crusader. Air operations were very significant in the desert and the whole campaign in North Africa can only be fully appreciated by reading the narrative of the RAF about itself and the enemy air forces involved, and the way in which air power cooperated with land forces.
The first of a set of volumes on the history of air power in maritime warfare. The book covers this history from the creation of the RAF to September 1939. Many critics have observed that air cover for convoys was not an RAF priority during the early years of the Second World War; this history shows the attitude of the Air Staff to this eventual problem, and the relationship between the RAF., the Fleet Air Arm and Coastal Command in the period leading up to the outbreak of hostilities. Further volumes will cover the war years, but this volume deserves to be read because it sets the scene for later events.
The second volume in the series, covering the RAF in maritime operations from September 1939 to June 1941. It includes air reconnaissance against surface vessels and U-boats, the campaign in Norway, Coastal Command, anti-shipping operations and measures to counter the German threat of invasion. It also relates the first phase of the Battle of the Atlantic and attacks on and defence of commercial shipping. With a multitude of appendices and twenty charts and maps.
This is the third in the series, and covers the period July 1941 to February 1943. Coastal Command is expanded, the RAF joins forces with the RCAF and US air forces in the battle against the Uboats, operations continue in european waters, German surface warships are attacked in Brest harbour, anti-shipping warfare goes on, the convoys to Russia are described as is aerial minelaying. The narrative then concentrates on Operation TORCH, finally returning to the anti-Uboat war. Of fundamental importance in any study of the war at sea. Due to its size this volume is printed in two parts.
THis final volume of the history of the RAF in the maritime role covers operations over sea from June 1944 (including D-Day) to the end of hostilities. It deals with all relevant aspects of operations including D-Day and later, and operations against the German inshore U-Boat campaign, anti-shipping operations, minelaying, bombing maritime targets, and the final campaign against the U-Boats in the Atlantic and Home Waters. As ever the volume is comprehensive and an important source of information not held elsewhere. Of great value to mariitme as well as air historians.