Hitler's Eagles: The Luftwaffe 1933-45

Hitler's Eagles: The Luftwaffe 1933-45

by Chris McNab

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At the beginning of World War II, the Luftwaffe was the world's most advanced air force. With superior tactics, aircraft and training, it cut through opposition air forces. Despite this auspicious beginning, by 1945 the Luftwaffe was a dying force. The Allies were destroying German aircraft at unequal rates, and Luftwaffe aviators were dying in their thousands in an unbalanced battle to save Germany from destruction. Hitler's Eagles charts the turbulent history of the Luftwaffe from its earliest days to its downfall. Once Hitler was in power, the Luftwaffe came out of the shadows and expanded under a massive rearmament programme, then embarked upon the war that would define its existence. As well as providing a detailed history of the Luftwaffe's combat experience, the book expands on its human and material aspects. Aces and commanders are profiled and aircraft are described both technologically and tactically. The book conveys all the drama of the Luftwaffe's existence with Osprey's famous aviation artwork bringing the story incomparably to life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781782003106
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 11/20/2012
Series: General Military
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
File size: 91 MB
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About the Author

Chris McNab is an author and editor specializing in military history and military technology. To date he has published more than 40 books, including A History of the World in 100 Weapons (2011), Deadly Force (2009) and Tools of Violence (2008). He is the contributing editor of Hitler's Armies: A History of the German War Machine 1939–45 (2011) and Armies of the Napoleonic Wars (2009). Chris has also written extensively for major encyclopedia series, magazines and newspapers, and he lives in South Wales, UK.
Dr Chris McNab is an author and historian who specializes in military history and related technology. Over the course of his twenty-year career, he has written more than one hundred titles, almost all with international distribution. Chris has also written extensively for major encyclopaedia series, magazines and newspapers, and he lives in South Wales.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

The Rise and Fall of the Luftwaffe 10

Luftwaffe - Organization and Manpower 56

Bombers - Strategic Reach 120

Fighters - Sky Warriors 174

Ground Attack - Strike from Above 238

Sea Eagles - Maritime Operations 292

Ground Forces - Eagles on the Land 340

Conclusion 382

Further Reading 387

Index 390

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Hitler's Eagles: The Luftwaffe 1933-45 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This volume contains much information about the Luftwaffe from it preconception when Germany operated gliders due to the restrictions imposed by Versailles, to its demise in 1945. Here you have it all, aircraft, equipment, training, tactics, personnel and their conditions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It doset really have a form