Last Days of the Luftwaffe
German Luftwaffe Combat Units 1944–1945
Imprint: Frontline Books
320 Pages, 7.5 x 9.5 in, More than 180 b/w photos, 20 line illustrations
- April 2009
- Out of print. Available in digital formats at the links below.
Many details of this crucial phase of the war remained hidden for many years in top-secret files, but in this fascinating new history Manfred Griehl makes use of recently declassified sources, alongside his own vast collection of photographs, to provide a fresh look at the story of the Luftwaffe.
Among the many aspects he covers are the new models of Bf 109 and Fw 190; the Me 262 jet plane; the establishment of He 162 squadrons; Stukas and Fw 190 fighter-bomber operations on the Eastern Front; Me 262 Blitzbombers in the West, the recruitment of 1928-born Hitler Youth into the two hundred glider schools; the increasing importance of remote-controlled air-to-air rockets; and the development of heavy bombs, remote-controlled bombs, ‘atom bombs’ and Germany's chemical and bacteriological arsenal.
Packed full of fascinating revelations – such as the existence of the real-life Luftwaffe kamikaze squadron – this meticulously researched and fully illustrated book will be of interest to historian and enthusiast alike.
“...packed with many fascinating revelations, such as the existence of a real-life Luftwaffe kamikaze squadron. This book will be of interest to the historian, enthusiast, and modeler alike. You will want to add it to your collection.” ~IPMS/USA