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German Aviation

No branch of the German armed forces received more attention from Hitler's Nazis than building up the Luftwaffe into a war winning weapon. The love-child of Hitler's Number 2, Hermann Goering, the Luftwaffe at first secretly defied the provisions of the Versailles Treaty to build powerful fleets of Heinkel and Dornier light bombers, JU-88 Stuka dive bombers, Messerschmidt 109 and Focke-Wulf 190 fighters. Using the Spanish Civil War during which they devastated the Basque city of Guernica as a dress rehearsal, the Luftwaffe was finally unleashed on the world in September 1939 when the Polish capital warsaw was 'taken out'. Thereafter the Luftwaffe's prowess was demonstrated over Rotterdam and in the less successful bids to cripple Britain in the Battle of Britain and the Blitz. The Luftwaffe's back was only finally broken, however in Russia. Even then German ingenuity and dogged determination resulted in development of such projects as the Messerschmidt jet fighter that had it come on stream earlier, would materially have effected the war's outcome. As it was, Germany wasted the enormous potential of the Luftwaffe by wantonly expending its capital on too many fronts until there was nothing left.

German Aviation



FLEDGING EAGLES
Luftwaffe Training Aircraft, 1933-1945
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FLEDGING EAGLES Luftwaffe Training Aircraft, 1933-1945
Product Code: 25595

Luftwaffe aircrew and specialists had to pass through before participating in active service. This title examines various stages of pilot and flight training and profiles a selection of photographs and artwork. It covers different levels of the Luftwaffe training system before and during the war.

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KAMPFFLIEGER VOLUME II
Bombers of the Luftwaffe July 1940-December 1941
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KAMPFFLIEGER VOLUME II Bombers of the Luftwaffe July 1940-December 1941
Product Code: 25594

Drawing on many rare and previously unpublished photos, these are the first two volumes in a four-volume, richly illustrated study offering a pictorial account of the Luftwaffe bomber force during the conflict. The books concentrate on Luftwaffe conventional and maritime/torpedo bomber aircraft, ...

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STUKA
Trumpets of Jericho
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STUKA Trumpets of Jericho
Product Code: 25579

This comprehensive overview of the Stuka dive bomber was compiled by Emmy award winning historian Bob Carruthers. It draws heavily on post war interviews with Luftwaffe pilots and staff officers to produce a fascinating insight into the Stuka at the tactical and operational level. Also featured a...

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KESSELRING: THE MAKING OF THE LUFTWAFFE
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KESSELRING: THE MAKING OF THE LUFTWAFFE
Product Code: 23303

Albert Kesselring was a gifted but ruthless Nazi commander - as able on land ( he commanded the dogged German defence of northern Italy ) as he was in the air. This account concentrates on ‘smiling Albert's' vital earlier role in building the Luftwaffe into a war-winning weapon.

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ILLUSTRATED HANDBOOK OF FLAK
German Anti Aircraft Defences 1935-1945, Weapons, Emplacements, Equipments
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ILLUSTRATED HANDBOOK OF FLAK German Anti Aircraft Defences 1935-1945, Weapons, Emplacements, Equipments
Product Code: 25549

Quite simply, this is the best reference book in existence on German air defences in the Second World War. With wonderfully detailed illustrations by the author on all aspects of his subject, from the ground artillery to the uniforms and insignia of the air defence services and the bunkers built ...

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MESSERSCHMITT Bf 109 F
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MESSERSCHMITT Bf 109 F
Product Code: 25523

The Messerschmit Bf109 was Germany's greatest fighter aeroplane of World War Two, and the 'F' variant marked the high watermark of the plane's development. This book describes and illustrates the development of the 'F' variants of the Bf 109, from 1939 to 1941. The author discusses the plane's de...

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HENSCHEL HS123
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HENSCHEL HS123
Product Code: 25522

The Henschel Hs123 was a single-seat biplane dive bomber and close-support attack aircraft flown by the German Luftwaffe during the Spanish Civil War and the early years of World War II. Used also by Spain and China, it was the first combat aircraft flown by the famous combat ace Adolph Galland. ...

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HITLER’S SPYPLANE OVER NORMANDY 1944
The World’s First Jet
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HITLER’S SPYPLANE OVER NORMANDY 1944 The World’s First Jet
Product Code: 25166

Introduced in June 1944 after the D-day landings, the Arado 234 ushered in the era of jet aviation. First used by the Nazi Luftwaffe over Normandy in a photo-reconnaissance role, this book contains many of the images taken by the revolutionary new plane as the Germans struggled to contain the Al...

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LUFTWAFFE OVER GERMANY
Defence of the Reich
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LUFTWAFFE OVER GERMANY Defence of the Reich
Product Code: 25186

The first complete account of the Luftwaffe's dogged defence of Germany in the Second World War. The book covers the whole story, from strategic imperatives to first hand accounts of the fighting in the skies.

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NORTHROP FLYING WINGS
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NORTHROP FLYING WINGS
Product Code: 24324

Jack Northrop's ‘Flying Wings' designed to eliminate drag, and thus the need for aircraft fuselages and tails, and developed after the First World War, was an idea way ahead of its time. But, as Graham Simone shows in this eye-opening study, Northrop's concept was the distant ancestor of the ‘St...

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