Luftwaffe Combat Reports

Bob Carruthers

These accounts of Luftwaffe combat operations are taken from a series of interviews conducted with higher echelons of the German Fighter Force by the USAAF shortly after the end of World War II. These primary source accounts of aerial combat at the tactical, operational, and strategic level provide a unique window on the Luftwaffe at war.
Date Published :
August 2013
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Series :
Hitler's War Machine
Illustration :
approximately 50 b/w images
No associated books available.

Overview
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These detailed accounts of Luftwaffe combat operations are taken from the extensive series of interviews conducted with higher echelons of the German Fighter Force by the USAAF very shortly after the end of the Second World War. The new generation of German fighters such as the Me.262 was at the forefront of the agenda and the USAAF were particularly keen to learn as much as they could about these machines and their successes and failures.

These fascinating insights cover the experience of the Luftwaffe during the whole war and are drawn from the interviews conducted by those who managed to excel despite all that was thrown at them: Heinz Bar, an ace with 240 victories to his credit; Walter Dahl, an anti-bomber specialist; ‘Hitsch’ Hitschhold, who undertook many high-risk operations with his Stukas and FW-190’s; and Adolf Galland of the Luftwaffe and author of the classic memoir, “The First and the Last.”

The frustrations, which the pilots of the Luftwaffe encountered in their own aircraft, are well voiced within these pages, as is the tenuous relationship between the fighter and bomber wings of the Luftwaffe. Political interference, the bane of the Wehrmacht, also raised its head within the Luftwaffe and the consequences of intermeddling by Hitler and others in the Nazi machine are expressed in the interviews.

These absorbing primary source accounts of aerial combat at the tactical, operational and strategic level provide a unique window on the Luftwaffe at war.

About The Author
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Bob Carruthers is an Emmy Award winning author and historian, who has written extensively on the Great War. A graduate of Edinburgh University, Bob is the author of a number of military history titles including the Amazon best seller The Wehrmacht in Russia.

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