The Rise and Fall of the Luftwaffe

This book was first published in 1943 by an insider in the Nazi party. It shows how the Luftwaffe was not prepared for a long war. It is a fascinating read and proves that the Germans could never have won the war.

The Rise and Fall of the Luftwaffe

This book was first published in 1943 by an insider in the Nazi party. It shows how the Luftwaffe was not prepared for a long war. It is a fascinating read and proves that the Germans could never have won the war.

The Luftwaffe

The Luftwaffe


The Sources of Military Doctrine

Edward Homze , Arming the Luftwaffe : The Reich Air Ministry and the German Aircraft Industry , 1919-1939 ( Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press , 1976 ) , pp . 106 , 168– 169 ; David Irving , The Rise and Fall of the Luftwaffe : The ...

The Sources of Military Doctrine

Barry R. Posen explores how military doctrine takes shape and the role it plays in grand strategy-that collection of military, economic, and political means and ends with which a state attempts to achieve security. Posen isolates three crucial elements of a given strategic doctrine: its offensive, defensive, or deterrent characteristics, its integration of military resources with political aims, and the degree of military or operational innovation it contains. He then examines these components of doctrine from the perspectives of organization theory and balance of power theory, taking into account the influence of technology and geography. Looking at interwar France, Britain, and Germany, Posen challenges each theory to explain the German Blitzkrieg, the British air defense system, and the French Army's defensive doctrine often associated with the Maginot Line. This rigorous comparative study, in which the balance of power theory emerges as the more useful, not only allows us to discover important implications for the study of national strategy today, but also serves to sharpen our understanding of the origins of World War II.

The Rise and Fall of the Luftwaffe

Crammed full of fascinating detail, this prescient book shows how German efficiency was fatally paralyzed by the dead-hand of the corrupt Nazi Party.

The Rise and Fall of the Luftwaffe

"Can it really be true that in 1941 insiders knew the Luftwaffe was a spent force and a failed organization? This remarkable, but little-known book, first published in 1943, argues how pure incompetence in planning and strategy left the Luftwaffe hopelessly stretched and exposed. The Nazi regime designed its airforce for Blitzkreig, and Blitzkreig alone. During the invasion of Poland, 2,500 aircraft were lost on account of a failure to produce any spare parts. When long campaigns set in in Russia, North Africa and Western Europe, the collapse of the Lufwaffe became inevitable. Crammed full of fascinating detail, this prescient book shows how German efficiency was fatally paralyzed by the dead-hand of the corrupt Nazi Party. Herman Goering, the head of the Luftwaffe, was chiefly responsible; his wholesale thefts to fund a lavish lifestyle add particular colour to this picture of woeful neglect."--Publisher description.

German Aviation 1930 1945

The building of the Luftwaffe in the wake of The Treaty of Versailles at the end of World War I.

German Aviation 1930   1945

The building of the Luftwaffe in the wake of The Treaty of Versailles at the end of World War I.

The Luftwaffe Its Rise and Fall

Tysk militærhistorie, krigshistorie, 2.

The Luftwaffe  Its Rise and Fall

Tysk militærhistorie, krigshistorie, 2. Verdenskrig, om det tyske flyvevåben: der Luftwaffe - amerikansk bog som udkom i 1943. Bogen angives at være skrevet af en tysk flyverofficer, som forlod Tyskland lige inden 2. Verdenskrig, og hvis navn - rimeligt nok - ikke kunne offentliggøres på udgivelsestidspunktet. Bogen beskriver det tyske flyvevåbens storhed og fald - udviklingen fra 1. Verdenskrig, og i Mellemkrigsårene under Nazityskland og i de første år af 2. Verdenskrig, som først var sejrrige og siden bestemt ikke var det - altsammen betragtet gennem en tysk pilot og flyverofficers øjne. Bogen har forord af Curt Riess.

Sharks of the Air

Reactions of Adolf Hitler, Albert Speer, Erhard Milch et al to Hamburg raid: David Irving “The Rise and Fall of the Luftwaffe” pp. 229–232. CHAPTER 45 Messerschmitt AG presents production plan for Me-262 to Air Ministry: Willy Radinger ...

Sharks of the Air

“[A] perfect blend of sympathetic career biography and gripping military history . . . a definite winner for all World War II military history buffs” (Library Journal). In July 1944, the Allies were stunned by the appearance of the Messerschmitt Me 262, the world’s first operational jet warplane. More than one hundred mph faster than any other aircraft in the skies, the Me 262 gained scores of victories over Allied fighters and bombers, and by the end of the war, many of the Luftwaffe’s greatest aces had clamored to be in their cockpits. Sharks of the Air tells the story of Willy Messerschmitt’s life and shows how this aeronautical genius built many revolutionary airplanes—not excluding the Luftwaffe’s mainstay, the Me 109—and culminating in the Me 262. It describes how his various warplanes fought in Spain, Poland, France, Britain, the USSR, and Germany, and it provides thrilling accounts of air battles drawn from combat reports and interviews with veterans. And finally, this biography gives “insight into the life of a man who played a role in the Nazi war machine, but is not defined by it” (Scale Aviation Modeller International). Aspects of Messerschmitt’s life never before made public are revealed, including his love affair with the beautiful Baroness Lilly Michel-Rolino, a rich aristocrat who left her husband to live with Willy. Author James Harvey “uses his 40 years of flying experience and experience of aviation to tell the fascinating story of Messerschmitt and how, given the right conditions, Messerschmitt and other German aircraft designers could have changed the course of WWII” (Military Scale).

Special Bibliographic Series

Eichelbaum , H. DIE DEUTSCHE LUFTWAFFE : EIN BILDWERK . Berlin : Junker und Dunnhaupt Verlag , 1940. 96 p . 2nd edition . UG635G3E23 . Boston : Houghton Frischauer , Willi . THE RISE AND FALL OF HERMANN GOERING . Mifflin Co. , 1951 .

Special Bibliographic Series


World War II 1939 1945

Eichelbaum , H. DIE DEUTSCHE LUFTWAFFE : EIN BILDWERK . 2nd edition . Berlin : Junker und Dunnhaupt Verlag , 1940. 96 p . UG635G3E23 . Frischauer , Willi . THE RISE AND FALL OF HERMANN GOERING . Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co. , 1951.

World War II  1939 1945


Special Bibliography

Eichelbaum , H. DIE DEUTSCHE LUFTWAFFE : EIN BILDWERK . 2nd edition . Berlin : Junker und Dunnhaupt Verlag , 1940. 96 p . UG63563E23 . Frischauer , Willi . THE RISE AND FALL OF HERMANN GOERING . Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co. , 1951.

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Blitzkrieg No Longer

David Irving, The Rise and Fall of the Luftwaffe: The Life of Luftwaffe Marshal Erhard Milch (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1973), 207–8, 273; Frankland, Bomber Offensive, 61. Kit C. Carter and Robert Mueller, comp., ...

Blitzkrieg No Longer

A pivotal year of World War II through German eyes. The campaigns of the German army, air force, and navy described by a master storyteller. Covers the aftermath of Stalingrad, Kursk, Tunisia, Sicily, Italy, the U-boat war, and air battles.

The Decisive Duel

70. E Rise and Fall of the German Air Force, p. 120. E Murray, Luftwaffe, p. 78. E Christer Bergstrom, Max-Hellmuth Ostermann (Crowborough, East Sussex: Chevron, 2007), pp. 19-21; Sime Ostric, Les Messerschmitt Yugoslaves, Les Me109E-3, ...

The Decisive Duel

London, 15 September 1940. The air battle over Britain on that day saw two of the most advanced fighter planes, the British Supermarine Spitfire and the German Messerschmitt Bf 109, battle for supremacy of the skies. The Decisive Duel tells the stories of these iconic, classic aircraft and the people that created them: Willy Messerschmitt, the German designer with a love for gliders and admiration for Hitler; R.J. Mitchell, his brilliant British counterpart, who struggled against illness to complete the design of the Spitfire. In fascinating detail, David Isby describes the crucial role the two opposed planes played, from the drawing boards to Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain to the final battles over Germany.

The Luftwaffe A History

Here are the aircraft: the frail biplanes and triplanes of the Kaiser’s war; the great Lufthansa aircraft and airships of the turbulent Thirties; the monoplanes designed to help Hitler in his conquest of Europe.

The Luftwaffe  A History

John Killen's exhaustive work is a study of German air power between 1915 and 1945, from the early days of flying when Immelmann, Boelke, Richtofen and other First World War aces fought and died to give Germany air supremacy, to the nightmare existence of the Luftwaffe as the Third Reich plunged headlong to destruction.Here are the aircraft: the frail biplanes and triplanes of the Kaiser's war; the great Lufthansa aircraft and airships of the turbulent Thirties; the monoplanes designed to help Hitler in his conquest of Europe. Here are the generals who forged the air weapon of the Luftwaffe - the swaggering Goering, the playboy Udet, the ebullient Kesselring and the scapegoat Jeschonnek; here, too, are the pilots who tried to keep faith with their Fatherland despite overwhelming odds; Adolf Galland, Werner Molders, Joachim Marseille and Hanna Reitsch. Not least are the actions fought by the Luftwaffe from the Spanish Civil War to the Battle of Britain, through the bloody struggle for Crete and the siege of Stalingrad to the fearful twilight over Berlin.