By the end of May 1941, over 43,000 civilians, half of them in London, had been killed by bombing and more than a million houses destroyed or damaged in London alone. The Blitz failed to break the morale of the British people and any thoughts of a German invasion were cancelled with German attention quickly being transferred to the Soviet Union. Accordingly, the intensity of the attacks against mainland Britain lessened considerably.
Much has been written about the Blitz from a British perspective but The Luftwaffe's Blitz tells the story from the viewpoint of the German aircrew involved, many of whom were shot down and taken prisoner. Using over 30 first hand accounts and previously unpublished photos, The Luftwaffe's Blitz details the Luftwaffe's assault against the United Kingdom in 1941, covering the major attacks and those that occurred during the remaining months of that year. Integrated with accounts from the aircrew of RAF's embryonic night fighter force as they fought against the Luftwaffe night after night in very difficult and sometimes primitive circumstances, this book provides a new perspective on the Blitz from the attacker's point of view.
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Table of Contents
Glossary and Abbreviations 10
1 'Nor did he break the morale' - November-December 1940 24
2 The Calm before the Storm - January-February 1941 63
3 The Storm before the Calm - March-11 May 1941 88
Epilogue - 11 May-22 June 1941 189
Appendix 1 Dramatis Personae 201
Appendix 2 Luftwaffe Bomber Order of Battle, November 1940-June 1941 207
Appendix 3 Dates, targets and aircraft involved in raids, November 1940-June 1941 213
Appendix 4 Luftflotte 3 Detailed Report No 1, 15 November 1940: Major Attack on Coventry 251
Appendix 5 Luftwaffe reconnaissance photographs 253