The Luftwaffe's Blitz: The Inside Story November 1940 - May 1941

The Luftwaffe's Blitz: The Inside Story November 1940 - May 1941

by Chris Goss


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Due to the failure of the day campaign during what has become known as the Battle of Britain, on 7 September 1940, the Luftwaffe commenced bombing London and major cities, predominantly by night. What became known as the Blitz continued until May 10,1941 with many towns and cities across the country being attacked and London being struck 57 nights in succession.

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 Using over 30 first hand accounts and previously unpublished photos, The Luftwaffe's Blitz details the Luftwaffe's assault against the United Kingdom in 1941, covering the major attacks and those that occurred during the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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780859791571
Publisher: Crecy Publishing
Publication date: 04/01/2013
Series: Crecy Classic
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Chris Goss, a serving RAF officer since 1980, is a highly respected writer and researcher, specializing in Luftwaffe operations. He holds an MA with Merit on War Studies and also the RAF/USAF Two Air Forces Award. He is the author of several books.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

Glossary and Abbreviations 10

Foreword 14

Preface 15

Introduction 16

Prologue 17

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

Conclusion 196

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

Bibliography 258

Index 259

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