The Rise and Fall of the German Air Force 1933-1945 with a New Introduction by Air Commodore H. A. Probert - H. A. ProbertArms & Armour Press, 1987, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
2nd impression. [First Edition: 1987] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps; Tables;
From the cover: “This facsimile reprint of an official, formerly restricted publication relates the operational history of the Luftwaffe during the Second World War, in addition to its origins and build-up during the Nazi period of the 1930s. Based on German documents and statistics, either captured during the war or subsequently recovered from the scattered archives of the Luftwaffe, it provides a clear and concise narrative:”
- The reconstruction of the German Air Force -secret beginnings, Hitler's influence, the Spanish Civil War, and the prelude to World War.
- The German Air Force on the eve of European War -strength, equipment, production, manpower, organisation, and combat doctrines.
- The first flush of tactical success-from Warsaw to France.
- The first failure-Britain and the Atlantic.
- Hitler's Continental policy -the invasion of the Balkans, the Crete landings and the German Air Force in Italy.
- The Mediterranean Campaigns, 1941-1942 -Malta, the Western Desert and the Tunisian campaign.
- The Russian Campaign -the First Phase, June 1941-December 1942.
- The Holding Campaign in the West, 1941-43 -air defence against night bombing and air operations over Great Britain.
- The German Air Force at the end of 1942
- Diminished resources, production, manpower and supply problems, yet a growing burden of operational commitments.
- The Russian Campaign in 1943-44 - recovery after Stalingrad, the last of the Blitzkrieg and the Luftwaffe's failure in Russia.
- The Mediterranean Campaign 1943-1944
- Sicily and the Allied invasions of Italy.
- The Defence of the Reich, 1943-44-the Allied day and night bombing offensives and the night-fighter war.
- The German Air Force on the eve of the second front, January-June 1944 -the Allied attack on the German aircraft industry, jet aircraft and preparations to meet the Anglo-American invasion.
- The Invasion and the Hying bombs.
- The crippling of the Luftwaffe- fuel resources and the desperate defence of the German oil industry.
- The Eastern Front -the Russian advance into Poland.
- The final defence of Germany.