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Jagdgeschwader 52

Author : John Weal
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Jagdgeschwader 52 (JG 52) was the most successful and highest-scoring fighter unit, not just in Germany's World War 2 Luftwaffe, but in the entire annals of aviation history. No other fighter group has ever come close to matching its staggering total of around 9000 enemy aircraft shot down in combat. And yet, because much of that combat took place over the tractless wastes of the Russian front, very little has been written in English about the exploits of this charismatic unit. This book provides a full combat history of JG 52 and its members, including the three top-scoring aces of all time, who claimed a total of 900 victories between them.

Propaganda Postcards of the Luftwaffe

Author : James Wilson
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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 War Diary of Hauptmann Helmut Lipfert

Author : Helmut Lipfert
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Aerial combat over the Russian front from one who knew it first hand. Hauptmann Helmut Lipferts vivid portrayal of his experiences in JG 52 during the last three years of the Second World War will stand as one of the truly classic chronicles of the Jagdwaffe over Russia.\nJG 52 Experten Walter Krupinski, Erich Hartmann, Gerhard Barkhorn and Heinz Ewald make their way through Lipferts memoirs in an epic tale of combat over the Caucasus, Crimea, Hungary, and Rumania during the late war years of 1943-1945.\nLipfert begins the story with his early experiences in the Bf 109 G-2 over Russia in II/JG 52 in 1943, and ends with I/JG 53 in 1945 with 203 aerial victories, one of the few pilots in histiry to reach 200.\nThis book is a rare view into the air war over Russia, when Luftwaffe pilots accumulated incredible kill tallies while facing overwhelming odds against them in mass assaults.\nWerner Girbig is the author of Six Months to Oblivion-the Defeat of the Luftwaffe Fighter Force Over the Western Front 1944/45(available from Schiffer Military/Aviation History), and unit histories of JG 27 and JG 5.

The Luftwaffe Battle of Britain Fighter Pilots Kitbag

Author : Mark Hillier
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Reichsmarschall Gring told Hitler that it would take less than a month for his much-vaunted Luftwaffe to conquer the RAF and pave the way for the German invasion of Great Britain. His prediction was to prove disastrously wrong, but for four long months his pilots and aircrew fought for their lives in the skies above the UK.From their bases in continental Europe, the Luftwaffes fighter pilots escorted the great bomber fleets that sought to destroy the RAFs airfields and installations, and tackled the Spitfires and Hurricanes deployed to defend Britains towns and cities. Whilst much has been written on the titanic struggle for supremacy fought throughout the summer of 1940 and of the men and machines of both sides, little attention has been paid to what the pilots wore and carried with them in the air.All the objects that a Luftwaffe fighter pilot was issued with during the Battle of Britain are explored in this book in high-definition colour photographs, showing everything from the differing uniforms, to headgear, personal weapons, gloves, goggles, parachute packs and the essential life jacket. Each item is fully described and its purpose and use explained.Fly with the Messerschmitt Bf 109s and Bf 110s across the Channel and see what the Luftwaffe aircrew wore as they took on Fighter Command in what was justly called the Battle of Britain.

Die Schwertertraeger Der Wehrmacht

Author : David A. Miller
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Aces of the Luftwaffe

Author : Peter Jacobs
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The air battles of the Second World War were fought ferociously and with extraordinary skill and courage on both fronts. The fighter pilots of the Luftwaffe, the jagdflieger, in fact outscored their Allied counterparts by some margin and were some of the highest scoring fighter pilots of all time. More than a hundred recorded a century of aerial successes with two going on to surpass a quite astonishing 300 victories. In the end, the vast effort required by the Luftwaffe to maintain the air war on so many fronts proved too much and few jagdflieger survived the last days of the Reich but their courage and ability was beyond question, and the names of some will live on in the annals of air warfare with their extraordinary achievements never to be surpassed. In 'Luftwaffe Fighter Aces', Peter Jacobs examines the many campaigns fought by the Luftwaffe from its fledgling days during the Spanish Civil War to its last days defending the Reich, and includes the exploits of Erich Hartmann, the highest scoring fighter pilot of all time, Hans-Joachim Marseille, the Star of Africa, Werner Mlders, the first recipient of the Diamonds, and Adolf Galland, perhaps the most famous of all.

Luftwaffe Camouflage and Markings 1933 1945 Code systems markings night fighters ground attack reconnaissance bombers maritime transports trainers

Author : Kenneth A. Merrick
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Volume Two concludes this exhaustive work of reference with in-depth studies of the colors and markings of the Luftwaffe's bomber (Dornier, Heinkel and Junkers), and divebomber and ground-attack (Ju 87 and Fw 190), night fighter (Messerschmitt, Junkers and Dornier), various maritime and anti-shipping aircraft, military transport (Ju 52, Ju 290), and commercial aircraft reconnaissance aircraft and helicopters as well as training, liaison and light aircraft. Detailed appendices cover factory-applied schemes, camouflage patterns and fieldmodified schemes, paint compositions and revised standards. As with Volume One, the text is supported by a wealth of rare and previously unpublished photographs. Both volumes are supplied with color paint chip charts made from paint mixed to the original formulas specified by RLM in the Nazi era.


Author : John Manrho
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"One of our goals was to describe, as accurately as possible, the events taking place in the morning of January 1st, 1945... We had to refrain from going into the nightfighter attacks of December 31st, 1944, and for reasons of brevity we also had to let go of any other bomber or escort missions of the Allied air forces on January 1st. The contents of the book have been divided into chapters dealing with the individual attacks of the Luftwaffe Geschwader. As a result, the subject matter is dealt with primarily from a Luftwaffe point of view. After all, it was a Luftwaffe operation. However, we have endeavoured to create a balanced view of each attack, showing in just as much detail the Allied perspective. At the end of each chapter, we have drawn our conclusions, carefully evaluating all available Luftwaffe and Allied points of view"--P. ix.

Operation Zitadelle July 1943

Author : Franz Kurowski
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2. Verdenskrig. Slaget ved Kursk juli 1943. Beskrivelse af et af de mest afgørende panserslag på Østfronten under 2. VK. både den russiske og tyske planlægning samt selve slaget belyses detaljeret.


Author : Steven H. Newton
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Presents reports from German officers concerning the Battle of Kursk and includes essays covering an analysis of the battle and assault plans by the German Army.