The Luftwaffe – the German Air Force – played a crucial role in the Wehrmacht’s blitzkrieg tactics, providing both air cover and air artillery for Germany’s panzer troops on the ground. Germany’s successful invasions of France, the Low Countries, the Balkans and the Soviet Union are due in no small part to the professionalism, dedication and skill of the Luftwaffe. World War II Data Book: The Luftwaffe, 1935–45 gets behind this massive organization to reveal the workings of the German Air Force through its command structure, economic resources, production figures, recruitment, training and philosophy. Broken down by key campaigns and subject areas, the book includes reference tables, diagrams, color maps and charts, presenting all the core data in easy-to-follow formats. World War II Data Book: The Luftwaffe, 1935–45 is an essential reference guide for anyone interested in the history and structure of Germany’s wartime air force.
S. Mike Pavelec
Brand: Amber Books
Used Book in Good Condition
150 b/w and color photographs, diagrams
150 b/w and color photographs, diagrams
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is great, just the essentials and datas w/ great images to go w/ it. I also got the Wehrmacht one.
This book is another in a series, "World War II Data Book". The series is put out by Amber Publishing. Some books in the series are better than others. Like the other books in this series, this volume has many easy-to-follow charts, graphs and maps to digest in the form of a reference guide. It contents:
The German Air Force before World War II; covering the end of World War I, forward. Including the aircraft used in the Spanish Civil War (1936-39).
Luftwaffe production; the massive rearmament of the 1930s and advances in aircraft design.
The early stages of World War II; invasion of Poland and France.
The Battle of Britain. It covers the plans, aircraft and phases of the battle.
The Mediterranean, North Africa and the Eastern Front are then covered.
Late war production and innovations are then covered. However, this section is very short and overlaps with the other series book, "HITLER'S SECRET WEAPONS: 1933-1945" by...
This is a convenient compilation of data, and is a bit padded with charts, graphs and other material that fatten it a bit. The text is fairly good, and the illustrations and photographs rather good.
I personally found two parts of more interest--long distance anti-ship aviation and air war on the Eastern front. Go to other books for detail, this format is simplistic and not very interpretive.
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