The Luftwaffe

This new large format photo collection covers Luftwaffe aircraft from the years 1933-1945 and includes chapters on: Pilot Training Schools, Reconnaissance Units, Fighter Units, Zerstorer(Destroyer) Units, Bomber Units, Dive Bomber and Close ...

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Author: Michael Meyer

Publisher: Schiffer Military History

ISBN: 0887409245

Category: History

Page: 285

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This new large format photo collection covers Luftwaffe aircraft from the years 1933-1945 and includes chapters on: Pilot Training Schools, Reconnaissance Units, Fighter Units, Zerstorer(Destroyer) Units, Bomber Units, Dive Bomber and Close Support Units, Transport Units, Naval Aviation Units, Miscellaneous Units, and Captured Aircraft. Emphasis is placed on details of unit emblems, codes and markings on a variety of war fronts, and aircraft.

International Warbirds

The Luftwaffe: From Training School to the Front: An Illustrated Study, 1933–1945. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publications, 1996. Morrow, John H. Building German Air Power, 1909–1914. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1976. _____.

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Author: John C. Fredriksen

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781576073643

Category: History

Page: 387

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Covering the aircraft of 21 nations, this book offers illustrated portraits of 330 of the best-known and most significant military aircraft in history, from the canvas-covered biplanes of World War I to the technological marvels of today, and includes technical data and aviation lore.

Germany s Eastern Front Allies 2

... 9F, 253E, 257F Lithuanian Police Bns 8.1944: > Luftwaffe 9.1944: 2 Lithuanian Volunteer Infantry Regt – 3F, 15F, ... 312 Bn 5.1944: > Luftwaffe 3.1944: Officers' Training School 313 NCO Training Bn (Marijampole) 5.1944: > Luftwaffe ...

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Author: Nigel Thomas

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781780967349

Category: History

Page: 48

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The Baltic nations Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania enjoyed a brief independence between the World Wars before being annexed by the USSR in 1940. The grim experience of Soviet occupation made it inevitable that after the German invasion of Russia in 1941 they would fight beside the Wehrmacht as allies against the Red Army while always hoping for restored independence. That hope was crushed again in 1944-45; yet 'Forest Brother' guerrillas continued to fight against hopeless odds for years after the second Soviet occupation. This extraordinary story is illustrated here with rare photos, insignia charts, tables of units and detailed uniform plates.

Strategy For Defeat The Luftwaffe 1933 1945 Illustrated Edition

Up to the summer of 1942, the training program had run on a peacetime leisurely basis, with dancing classes and skiing holidays for ... Fuel shortages and demands from the front for more pilots led to reductions in training hours.

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Author: Williamson Murray

Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing

ISBN: 9781786257703

Category: History

Page: 661

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Includes the Aerial Warfare In Europe During World War II illustrations pack with over 200 maps, plans, and photos. This book is a comprehensive analysis of an air force, the Luftwaffe, in World War II. It follows the Germans from their prewar preparations to their final defeat. There are many disturbing parallels with our current situation. I urge every student of military science to read it carefully. The lessons of the nature of warfare and the application of airpower can provide the guidance to develop our fighting forces and employment concepts to meet the significant challenges we are certain to face in the future.

Luftwaffe Training Aircraft

In the less-pressurized environment of the training schools away from the front line, more care could be taken over photography, resulting in the author of this extensive study of the wide range of aircraft used for training by the ...

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Author: Chris Goss

Publisher: Casemate Publishers

ISBN: 9781473899544

Category: Transportation

Page: 192

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From a retired RAF Wing Commander, an introductory guide to the aerial warfare training methods implemented by Germany for airmen during World War II. The often-unnoticed element in aerial warfare is the training, yet its value is beyond calculation. The Luftwaffe used a variety of aircraft in this fundamental role, with trainee pilots progressing from simpler, older machines to the more sophisticated, as well as heavier aircraft. Gradually airmen were introduced to newer, faster models that enabled them to experience, to some degree, the type of aircraft they would fly in combat. Recruits would initially spend six months at a Fliegerersatzabteilung or training depot, where the main emphasis was on drill and physical training, with introductory lectures on the principles of wireless operation and map reading. This would be followed by two months studying general aeronautical subjects, before being sent to elementary flying school. The various kinds of aircraft used for training depended upon the role each individual trainee would eventually undertake, from single-seat fighters to multiple-crew bombers or transports. In this, the Luftwaffe was also able to make use of captured enemy aircraft. It also established training units through the Occupied territories to enable its trainees to familiarize themselves with different conditions and terrain. In the less-pressurized environment of the training schools away from the front line, more care could be taken over photography, resulting in the author of this extensive study of the wide range of aircraft used for training by the Luftwaffe, being able to assemble such a fine collection of excellent images.

Propaganda Postcards of the Luftwaffe

He joined the Luftwaffe in 1935 and began training at the Fliegerfi'jhrerschu/e (Pilot Training School) at ... Graf flew border patrols on the Western Front during the early stages of the Second World War, without engaging the enemy.

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Author: James Wilson

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781844154913

Category: History

Page: 224

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Propaganda Postcards of the Luftwaffe focuses on the efforts of the powerful Nazi propaganda machine to promote the technical achievements and might of the then newly created German airforce. The Luftwaffe had been announced to the world in March 1935, despite the restrictions contained in the Versailles Treaty signed after the First World War denying Germany the right to develop military aircraft. All major aircraft types used by the Luftwaffe together with many lesser known, obscure and secondary types are represented in this book. There is a section covering the main figures of the Luftwaffe and the leading aces who flew the aircraft. The German Air and Propaganda ministries worked together and, using professional photographers produced quality images, which were then made available to the general public in an attempt to inspire the nation and create strong moral.

The Last Year of the Luftwaffe

In general the standard of instruction at the school was low: the front-line units were desperately short of experienced and capable fighter pilots, so the training schools had to make do with what was left. Many of the instructors had ...

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Author: Alfred Price

Publisher: Frontline Books

ISBN: 9781848328679

Category: History

Page: 256

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The Last Year of the Luftwaffe is the classic story of a once all-conquering force struggling to stave off an inevitable and total defeat. This superbly written book gives a complete account of Luftwaffe operations during the last twelve months of the fighting in Europe including the dramatic Bodenplatte (or 'Baseplate') offensive over the Ardennes in December 1944. In this comprehensive examination of Hitler's air force, Dr Alfred Price examines its state from May 1944 to May 1945, analysing not only the forces available to it, but also the likely potential, and impact, of new aircraft and weapons systems. He also assesses the Luftwaffe's High Command's performance and the effect of Allied attacks and operations. In doing so he rejects a number of long-standing myths, clarifies the impact of the jet and rocket fighters, and demonstrates that the Luftwaffe performed as well as could be expected under the harsh circumstances of fighting a losing war.

The Luftwaffe Over Germany

In late May the RLM took the drastic step of ordering 11 Jagdgruppen from the eastern and southern fronts to surrender ... Luftwaffe aircrew training, which had been living hand to mouth ever since 1942, finally disintegrated under the ...

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Author: Donald Caldwell

Publisher: Frontline Books

ISBN: 9781473896963

Category: History

Page: 336

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The Luftwaffe over Germany tells the story of one of the longest and most intense air battles in history. The daylight air struggles over Germany during World War II involved thousands of aircraft, dozens of units, and hundreds of aerial engagements. Until now, there has been no single book that covers the complete story, from the highest levels of air strategy to the individual tales of Fw 190s, Bf 109s and Me 262s in air combat against the American bomber streams. This ground-breaking work explores the detrimental effect of Luftwaffe theory and doctrine on the German air arms ability to defend the homeland once the Allied Combined Bomber Offensive began in earnest. By mid-1944, they had lost the battle – but had exacted a terrible price from the Americans in the process. The product of a ten-year collaboration between two noted Luftwaffe historians, this work fills a major gap in the literature of World War II. The authors have examined original war diaries, logbooks, doctrine manuals, after-action reports, and interviews with many combat veterans to produce a richly detailed account. Illustrated with nearly two hundred photographs, as well as new maps and diagrams, this is the standard work on the subject.

Operation Barbarossa the Complete Organisational and Statistical Analysis and Military Simulation Volume IIB

The pre-June 1941 attrition rate had already ensured that the Luftwaffe's training schools were geared to produce highly ... training before reporting to an air-combat unit.456 On 27th December 1941 the Luftwaffe had 6,149 front-line ...

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Author: Nigel Askey

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9781312413269

Category: History

Page: 406

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Volume IIB completes the Wehrmacht, and the German mobilisation and war-economy, in 1941. It includes the most detailed Orders of Battle ever published on the German Army (Heer), Luftwaffe and Waffen SS (across the whole Reich) in June-July 1941. Even the smallest and most obscure ground and air units are included, while the Luftwaffe OOBs include details on aircraft types and strengths. Also scrutinised are: the personnel and equipment assigned to combat-units in each army or reserve-force in all areas of the Reich; the ground and air unit reinforcements as well as those newly mobilised; the military personnel and equipment that became available in the Reich during 1941; the Replacement Army; the mobilisation process and resources used; the available replacements and those sent east; the logistical supply of the Wehrmacht (the varying Supply Distribution Efficiency); the Kriegsmarine forces in the east; and the Wehrmacht killed, wounded, missing/POW, unfit and recuperated casualties.

The Defeat of the Luftwaffe

Fighting continued up and down the front, leeching away at the Luftwaffe's strength in particular, and especially at ... The Luftwaffe's answer was to double up their transport arm with multiengine training, so the bomber schools were ...

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Author: Jonathan Trigg

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 9781445651873

Category: History

Page: 320

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In 1941 the Luftwaffe was the most powerful air force in the world. This is the story of how it was utterly defeated on the Eastern Front

Or Go Down in Flame

The effect on front-line actions is easy to surmise, but the result was also the decimation of the American bombers. ... The use—and loss—of pilots and other trained personnel from Luftwaffe training schools was to have serious ...

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Author: W. R. Wood

Publisher: Casemate

ISBN: 9781612001784

Category: History

Page: 240

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“The engrossing story of an American professor’s quest to learn how his older brother was killed in WWII . . . many poignant moments” (Publishers Weekly). “Black Thursday,” the second Schweinfurt raid, was the most savagely fought air battle in US history and a milestone in the course of World War II. On October 14, 1943, the US Eighth Air Force launched nearly three hundred bombers deep into German territory to destroy the ball-bearing plants at Schweinfurt, hoping this would bring enemy industry to a halt. On that clear, sunlit day, hundreds of German fighters raced among the unescorted B-17s, guns blazing, knocking down plane after plane, each with ten men aboard. By the end of the day, the flight path of the Flying Fortresses was marked across the breadth of Germany by towering pillars of smoke from crashed machines, fiery tributes to six hundred lost airmen. W. Raymond Wood was just a child when his brother was lost in the Schweinfurt raid, and the minute details of this book are the result of his multi-year effort to illuminate “Black Thursday” as no writer has before. He not only reveals the experience of the American flyers in this famous battle, but that of the civilians on the ground and the enemy fighters who flew against the bomber stream, including the Me-110 pilot who in all probability destroyed his brother’s plane with a rocket. Illustrated with forty-eight pages of photos and original documents, this book examines the air war against the Third Reich, then brings the reader into the center of harrowing air combat, and finally chronicles the little-known operations after war’s end to retrieve and identify our dead.

Luftwaffe Fighter Ace

From the Eastern Front to the Defense of the Homeland Norbert Hanning ... They were either green youngsters straight from training schools, or experienced operational pilots from other types of units – mostly disbanded bomber Gruppen ...

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Author: Norbert Hanning

Publisher: Stackpole Books

ISBN: 9780811744485

Category: History

Page: 204

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Action-packed memoir of aerial combat. Inside the cockpits of Bf 109, Fw 190, and Me 262 fighters. Candid photos taken by the author himself.

World War II in Europe

In the course of the Luftwaffes attempt to supply the surrounded Sixth Army, a large portion of instructors from Luftwaffe flight training schools were used to fly slow, lumbering transports through corridors of Soviet fighters and flak ...

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Author: David T. Zabecki

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135812423

Category: History

Page: 1550

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First Published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

JG26

There is some evidence that Major Schoepfel intended the unit to function as an Endausbildungsstaffel, or operational training squadron, since the pilots reaching the Channel front directly from the Luftwaffe training schools did not ...

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Author: Donald Caldwell

Publisher: Frontline Books

ISBN: 9781473831612

Category: History

Page: 440

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Jagdgeschwader 26, the German elite fighter unit, was more feared by the Allies than any other Luftwaffe group. Based on extensive archival research in Europe, personal combat diaries and interviews with more than 50 surviving pilots, Caldwell has assembled a superb day-to-day chronicle of JG 26 operations, from its first air victory in 1939 to its final combat patrol in 1945. A microcosm of World War II exists in the rise and fall of this famous fighter wing. For the first two years of the war it was an even match between the Spitfires and Hurricanes of the Royal Air Force and the Luftwaffe's Messerschmitts and Focke Wulfs; but the scales tipped in favour of the Allies in 1943 with the arrival of the Eighth US Air Force and its peerless P-51 Mustang. The book has been endorsed by the top fighter commanders of three air forces: the RAF (Johnnie Johnson), the USAAF (Hub Zemke), and the Luftwaffe (Adolf Galland) and is considered essential reading for anyone interested in the aerial war of 1941–45.

Air University Review

BY THE Y THE TIME the United States 1942 , the Luftwaffe failed to realize the full entered the war in December ... to the front with decreasing training time and often without the benefit of attending operational training schools .

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ISBN: UIUC:30112105112335

Category: Aeronautics

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Luftwaffe Fighter Ace

What counted here was experience and the ability to pass on that experience to those we were sending to the front to join ... They were either green youngsters straight from training schools, or experienced operational pilots from other ...

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Author: Norbert Hannig

Publisher: Grub Street Publishing

ISBN: 9781908117977

Category: History

Page: 224

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By his own, modest, admission Norbert Hannig was a Frontflieger, or operational pilot, who really did nothing special during World War Two. He was just, he says, one of the many rank and file pilots fighting for his country and not for the Führer. But his wartime career makes for fascinating and highly informative reading on an aspect of the 1939-45 war not often covered in the English language; primarily that of the campaign against the Soviet Union. Norbert started flying during high school on gliders and joined the German Air Force as volunteer and officer cadet, one of the midwar-generation of Luftwaffe fighter pilots. He began operations with JG54 on the eastern (Leningrad) front in March 1943; initially he flew Messerschmitt Bf 109s before transitioning to the Focke-Wulf FW 190. After a year's fighting, he was ordered back to Germany as a flight instructor to oppose the bomber streams of the AAF and RAF. Returning to Russia at the end of 1944, he became a Staffel CO and claimed many aircraft shot down. In April 1945 he converted to the first jet fighter, the Me 262, in south Germany, and flew his last missions with this aircraft. Also serving with JV44 (whose CO was Adolf Galland), Norbert Hannig finished the war with 42 victories from more than 200 missions. Many and varied were his experiences in action against the rejuvenated Soviet Air Force in the east, and the powerful western Allies over the homeland during the final chaotic months of hostilities, which culminated in his captivity. John Weal's skillful translation ensures that the fluid descriptive style of the author is preserved. Thankfully, also, Norbert was a keen photographer who shot a profusion of images, all previously unpublished, many of which appear in this important book.

Luftwaffe Fighter Pilot

In the Luftwaffe scheme of things, every front-line Jagdgeschwader had initially had its own Ergänzungsstaffel, literally 'replenishment squadron'. This had served as a kind of 'in-house OTU', where pilots fresh from training schools ...

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Author: Wolfgang Fischer

Publisher: Grub Street Publishing

ISBN: 9781908117984

Category: History

Page: 224

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Within weeks of war being declared, Wolfgang Fischer had volunteered to join the Luftwaffe and spent nearly five of the succeeding six years of hostilities in uniform. During this time he was given a succession of postings varying from a long-range recce unit; as a decoder in a met office in occupied France; to a bomber squadron; and as a flying instructor, before joining a squadron of the famous Richthofen Geschwader in Italy, from where he was shot down in his FW 190 by Mustangs en route to Normandy. By now a Lieutenant, he survived to fly offensive rocket attacks over Gold Beach on D-Day, only to be shot down again on D + 1, and captured and sent first to a hospital in the UK, then into captivity in the USA. He was finally repatriated in April 1946. His description of all these events is entertaining and well-written, ranging from comic to tragic. It is unique in flavor, giving a valuable insight into the undeniably typical lot of those serving in the air arm of the Third Reich. Expertly translated and edited by John Weal, this is a worthy accompaniment to Norbert Hannig’s Luftwaffe Fighter Ace published by Grub Street in 2004.

The Axis Air Forces

By then, the Arado Ar.65 was an obsolete biplane relegated to Luftwaffe training schools, but nevertheless soldiered on in nighttime ground attacks with Stoerkumkampfstaffeln on the Eastern Front, hurling four- and nine-pound ...

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Author: Frank Joseph

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9780313395901

Category: History

Page: 312

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This comprehensive volume tells the rarely recounted stories of the numerous foreign air forces that supported the German Luftwaffe as part of the Axis' quest to dominate the European and Pacific theaters—a highly compelling and often overlooked chapter of World War II history.

Air War on the Eastern Front

The Luftwaffe Hermann Göring's Luftwaffe owed its origins to the World War I-era “Deutsche Luftstreitkräfte”—the aerial ... To this end, the German government used civil aviation schools, training their pilots aboard light aircraft to ...

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Author: Mike Guardia

Publisher: Casemate

ISBN: 9781612009094

Category: History

Page: 128

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The Red Air Force versus the Luftwaffe in the skies over Eastern Europe. June 1941: Having conquered most of Western Europe, Adolf Hitler turned his attention to the vast Soviet Union. Disregarding his Non-Aggression Pact with Joseph Stalin, Hitler launched Operation Barbarossa, a full-scale invasion of the Soviet homeland ... aimed squarely at Moscow. In the skies over Russia, the battle-hardened airmen of the Luftwaffe made short work of the Red Air Force during opening days of Barbarossa. To make matters worse, Stalin had executed many of his best pilots during the perennial "purges" of the 1930s. Thus, much of the Red Air Force was destroyed on the ground before meeting the Luftwaffe in the skies. By 1944, however, the Soviet airmen had regained the initiative and fervently wrested air superiority from the now-ailing Axis Powers.

War over the Steppes

Luftwaffe struck its behind-the-lines airfield and destroyed seven of the 65 transports there. ... who had been appointed Luftwaffe Quartermaster Air Transport Commander and Instrument Training School Command (Lufttransportführer beim ...

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Author: E. R. Hooton

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472815637

Category: History

Page: 336

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The air war over the Steppes was more than a brutal clash in which might alone triumphed. It was a conflict that saw tactical and technological innovation as the Soviet air force faced off against Herman Göring's Luftwaffe. As Germany and the Soviet Union battled for victory on the Eastern Front they had to overcome significant strategic and industrial problems, as well as fighting against the extreme weather conditions of the East. These factors combined with the huge array of aircraft used on the Eastern Front to create one of the most compelling conflicts of the war. Told primarily from the strategic and command perspective, this account offers a detailed analysis of this oft-overlooked air war, tracing the clashes between Germany and the Soviet Union over the course of World War II. Historical photographs complement the examination as author E. R. Hooton explores these epic aerial battles between the Third Reich and the Soviet Union.