A compilation of all known Luftwaffe unit badges and emblems in full color, covering all types of aircraft and function, ranging from famous fighter and bomber units, through to little-known maritime squadrons, humble training or communication flights. Grouped by squadron type and function, the emblems provide an invaluable aid to both modelers and historians and those interested in WWII Luftwaffe aircraft.
Day-by-day account of a German fighter squadron, one of only two Luftwaffe units to spend the entire war in the West Covers the Battle of France, the Battle of Britain, the Dieppe raid, and more JG 26 was known as "The Abbeville Boys" and seen by the Allies as an elite squadron Unit flew Messerschmitt Bf 109s and Focke-Wulf Fw 190s
The Luftwaffe, honed in the Spanish Civil War, played a vital part in Germany's 'Blitzkrieg' victories in 1939-41. Badly overstretched by war on three fronts in 1942-44, it was crippled by an incompetent commander-in-chief, the losses among experienced aircrew, and shortage of fuel. In 1944-45 it faced a final battle of attrition in skies ruled by the Allies as the Eastern and Western pincers closed on the Reich; but until the very end the dwindling band of veteran pilots among them the greatest 'aces' the world has ever known presented a potent threat. This fact-packed review of Luftwaffe uniforms and flying kit is illustrated with rare personal photos, insignia charts, and two dozen meticulously detailed colour figures.
In World War II the Panzer crews spearheaded every major campaign or battle from the invasions of Poland and France to the last great counter-offensive in the Ardennes. Germany's Panzer crews fought on every front and along the way earned a formidable reputation for élan in attack and steadfastness in defence. This book charts the recruitment, training, service conditions and combat experience of a typical World War II German tank crewman, serving on various fronts from the scorching heat of the Western Desert to the frozen tundra of the Eastern Front. It features many unpublished photographs from both private collectors and Panzer veterans themselves.
airlift and airwar in Biafra and Nigeria, 1967-1970
Author: Michael I. Draper
Publisher: Hikoki Pubns
The Nigerian Civil War pitted the mercenary-crewed Nigerian Air Force against the ill-equipped Biafran Air Force in one of the most intense conflicts ever to occur in Africa. Amazingly, the Biafrans held out, supported by a civilian relief airlift second only in size to the 1948 Berlin Airlift.
One of the most significant innovations in modern warfare has been the appearance and development of air power, a technology which demanded technical and financial investment on a whole new scale and which ultimately changed the fundamental nature of war itself. This book covers the history and development of the German air force from 1935 to 1945, with descriptions and illustrations of almost all of the Luftwaffe’s airplanes, including fighters, jet fighters, dive-bombers, ground attackers, medium and heavy bombers, jet bombers, seaplanes, flying boats and carrier planes, transport and gliders, reconnaissance and training aircrafts, helicopters, and many futuristic projects and other rarities.
Before the war or during it, the Luftwaffe used, or adapted, virutally every one of its major front-line aircraft types for all manner of essential support roles, be it within the ambulance, communications, headquarters or observer services. It also operated types dedicated to the support role. For Luftwaffe enthusiasts and modelers, the main interest in such aircraft lies in the wide variety of types, and the abundance of camouflage and markings suited to specific theatres, factory and field modifications, and lesser-known emblems. This book includes for example, all-white Ju 52 ambulance aircraft, the famous Fieseler Storch observation aircraft in both desert schmes as well as winter schemes with skis, etc., together with many lesser-known types, including helicopters. Serious Luftwaffe enthusiasts will find a wealth of detail about some of the more familiar types and some rarities which will be of particular interest. Some of the types featured include: Bcker B 181 Bestmann, Fieseler Fi 156 Storch, Flettner Fl 282 Kolibri helicopter, Focke-Wulf Fw 58 Weihe, Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Condor, Heinkel He 46, Heinkel He 111, Henschel Hs 126, Junkers Ju 52, Junkers Ju 88, Messerschmitt Bf 109, and Siebel Si 204.
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