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The Luftwaffe War Diaries

Author : Cajus Bekker
ISBN : 1841581429
Genre : World War, 1939-1945
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This is both the only and definitive account of the rise and fall of a crucial arm of the German military machine from the first blitzkreig on Poland through the Battle of Britain to the final desperate stand over Germany. Bekker has drawn on official German archives and collections, combat journals and personal papers of leading officers and much other material unavailable outside Germany. The result is an astonishingly vivid account of a battle of wits and technology that inexorably tilted control of the skies away from the Third Reich. By the time the first jet fighters - the ME 262 - were designed neither the pilots to man them, nor the industry to make them, nor the oil fields to fuel them were available. The bombers and fighters of the Allies commanded the skies of the Reich. This is the story from the German side of how the most powerful air force in Europe was reduced to impotence in six years. It throws much new light on the Second World War. The lessons and methods of the war in the air remain to this day a matter of huge controversy.
Category: World War, 1939-1945

Luftwaffe War Diary

Author : Uwe Feist
ISBN : 9780811760539
Genre : History
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Visual history of the German air force in World War II.
Category: History

Jg 26 Luftwaffe Fighter Wing War Diary

Author : Donald Caldwell
ISBN : 9781461751212
Genre : History
File Size : 70.8 MB
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Day-by-day account of a German fighter squadron, one of only two Luftwaffe units to spend the entire war in the West Covers D-Day and the Normandy campaign, Operation Market Garden, the Battle of the Bulge, and more JG 26 was known as "The Abbeville Boys" and seen as an elite squadron Unit flew Messerschmitt Bf 109s and Focke-Wulf Fw 190s
Category: History

Wwii Diary Of A German Soldier

Author : Helga Herzog Godfrey
ISBN : 9781452040165
Genre : History
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I was born and raised in Germany. After my father’s death, my mother spent many winters with my husband and I here in Florida. During these visits, she and I transcribed my father’s World War II diaries into German from the old “Gabelsberger” shorthand, which only Mama was able to read. Subsequently, I translated them into English. These diaries fortunately were discovered by my sister Sigrid in the attic upon the sale of the old family home after my father’s passing in 1989. She felt Mama and I should translate these books for the family. At a later point many friends and acquaintances encouraged me, to publish this diary, to document his thoughts, experiences, and innermost feelings from the beginning of his conscripted military service in 1939 through 1946, when he returned home after being released from a French POW labor camp. During the latter part of 1946 and into 1947, an epilog describes his daily struggles to return to normalcy, the resumption of his teaching career, and the search for food to feed his family. He describes his touching love for his family, as well as his anger and hatred for the insane war and its inept leaders. A war, he was forced to participate in as an ordinary German soldier. Many times he naively commented very unfavorably, sometimes using “choice words” about Hitler, the Nazi Party, and his superiors, a risk, if found out, could have cost him his life. I myself have many memories of the war and its horrors as a little girl without a father, spending night after night in a bunker, the “liberation” of our small town by the Americans. This has left deep and lasting impressions on me. Later on, I met a wonderful American with whom I fell in love and married, with my father proudly walking me down the aisle. This, in spite of the resentment he held against Americans, for shamefully turning him over to the French as a forced labor POW. I remember his sadness, when his little “Murschel”, as he used to call me, left for America with his conviction that if he was lucky, he may be able to see me only once more during his lifetime. However, he was able to enjoy many trips to the United States and I with my family visited my parents often in Germany. After reading his legacy, I knew, I have my beloved father’s permission to share his writings with others, and by doing so, honor his memory.
Category: History

Luftwaffe Over Germany

Author : Don Caldwell
ISBN : 9781473896963
Genre : History
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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. Unti
Category: History

The Bomber Command War Diaries

Author : Chris Everitt
ISBN : 9781473834880
Genre : History
File Size : 49.34 MB
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Bomber Command's campaign started on the very first day of the Second World War and ended within a few hours of the final victory in Europe five and a half years later. It was an attempt to win the war in Europe by strategic bombing on such an enormous scale that historians have only recently begun to piece together the finer details of the individual raids.??There have been many books about Bomber Command, but Martin Middlebrook, the aviation historian, and his research colleague, Chris Everitt, were the first to compile a complete review of all the raids and the background stories to this fascinating campaign. They undertook the gargantuan task not only of documenting every Bomber Command operation but also of obtaining information from local archives in Germany, Italy and the occupied countries, on the effects of the raids. Little of this material had been published previously, and never before had the two sides of Bomber Command's war been brought together in this way.??The Bomber Command War Diaries has become the standard basic work of reference on this extraordinary campaign. This edition includes retrospective observations and a new appendix.
Category: History

The Jg 26 War Diary

Author : Donald L. Caldwell
ISBN : STANFORD:36105020489535
Genre : History
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"[These books give] a chronology of the unit's activities, using documentary sources, JG 26 archives and veteran's own stories. Volume one covers the period from 1939 to 1942 and contains interviews with the veterans of the JG26 unit, Allied records, radio intelligence, national archives of Germany, the UK and USAF Historical Research Agency and post-war research, to provide a daily account of the unit's activities-- as only two of the 30 volumes of the unit's official diary survived the war. Volume two takes the JG26 from the beginning of 1943, when the American 8th Air Force first began to make its presence felt over occupied Europe, until the end of the war"--Publisher's description.
Category: History

Fighter Aces Of The Luftwaffe In World War Ii

Author : Philip Kaplan
ISBN : 9781473814073
Genre : History
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This book examines the reality behind the myths of the legendary German fighter aces of World War II. It explains why only a small minority of pilots - those in whom the desire for combat overrode everything - accounted for so large a proportion of the victories. It surveys the skills that a successful fighter pilot must have - a natural aptitude for flying, marksmanship, keen eyesight - and the way in which fighter tactics have developed. The book examines the history of the classic fighter aircraft that were flown, such as the Messerschmitt Bf 109 and the Focke Wulf Fw 190, and examines each type's characteristics, advantages and disadvantages in combat. The accounts of the experiences of fighter pilots are based on archival research, diaries, letters, published and unpublished memoirs and personal interviews with veterans. The pilots included are Werner Molders, Gunther Rall, Adolf Galland, Erich Hartmann and Johannes Steinhoff.
Category: History