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Many details of this crucial phase of the war remained hidden for many years in top-secret files, but in this fascinating new history Manfred Griehl makes use of recently declassified sources, alongside his own vast collection of ...

Author: Manfred Griehl

Publisher: Casemate Publishers

ISBN: 9781783469901

Category: History

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The end of the Second World War in Europe was an epoch of complete social, cultural and technological upheaval. In the realm of military and aviation history this period was revolutionary. The eclipse of the piston-engine, and the introduction of electronic detection equipment, rockets and airborne weapons in previously unknown quantities changed the face of the air war and paved the way for post-war developments in aviation technology. Many details of this crucial phase of the war remained hidden for many years in top-secret files, but in this fascinating new history Manfred Griehl makes use of recently declassified sources, alongside his own vast collection of photographs, to provide a fresh look at the story of the Luftwaffe.Among the many aspects he covers are the new models of Bf 109 and Fw 190; the Me 262 jet plane; the establishment of He 162 squadrons; Stukas and Fw 190 fighter-bomber operations on the Eastern Front; Me 262 Blitzbombers in the West, the recruitment of 1928-born Hitler Youth into the two hundred glider schools; the increasing importance of remote-controlled air-to-air rockets; and the development of heavy bombs, remote-controlled bombs, atom bombs and Germany's chemical and bacteriological arsenal.Packed full of fascinating revelations such as the existence of the real-life Luftwaffe kamikaze squadron this meticulously researched and fully illustrated book will be of interest to historian and enthusiast alike.
2009-04-17 By Manfred Griehl

Author: Lobo Blanco

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ISBN: 1890492264

Category: World War, 1939-1945

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1997-05-01 By Lobo Blanco

Of the above , Nos 10 , 14 , 15 , and 16 were with Himmler in Schleswig - Holstein during the last days ; Nos II and 12 were with him when he was captured . Count Folke Bernadotte's book , The Fall of ... Chief of Staff of Luftwaffe .

Author: Hugh Trevor-Roper

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226812243

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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Late in 1945, Trevor-Roper was appointed by British Intelligence in Germany to investigate conflicting evidence surrounding Hitler's final days and to produce a definitive report on his death. The author, who had access to American counterintelligence files and to German prisoners, focuses on the last ten days of Hitler's life, April 20-29, 1945, in the underground bunker in Berlin—a bizarre and gripping episode punctuated by power play and competition among Hitler's potential successors. "From exhaustive research [Trevor-Roper] has put together a carefully documented, irrefutable, and unforgettable reconstruction of the last days in April, 1945."—New Republic "A book sound in its scholarship, brilliant in its presentation, a delight for historians and laymen alike."—A. J. P. Taylor, New Statesman
1992-10-15 By Hugh Trevor-Roper

Last Days of the Luftwaffe. Barnsley: Frontline, Pen and Sword, 2009. Grohler, Olaf. Geschichte des Luftkriegs, 1910 bis 1970. [East] Berlin: Militarverlag der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik, 1981. Guerlac, Henry E. RADAR In World ...

Author: David Isby

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780748123612

Category: History

Page: 352

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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.
2012-07-26 By David Isby

'One or two Luftwaffe officers should be shot!” he would shout at some self-exculpating general; 'then we would have a change!” “The entire Luftwaffe staff should be hanged!” he would scream down the telephone at the trembling General ...

Author: Hugh R Trevor-Roper

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781349141043

Category: History

Page: 228

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In September 1945 the circumstances surrounding Hitler's death were dark and mysterious. Hugh Trevor-Roper, an intelligence officer, was given the task of uncovering the last few weeks of Hitler's life. His brilliant piece of detective work proved finally that Hitler had killed himself and also tells the story of the last days of the Thousand Year Reich in the Berlin Bunker.
1995-11-28 By Hugh R Trevor-Roper

During the last days of August, the Luftwaffe began winning the campaign by causing severe damage to two of them: Biggin Hilland, less so, Kenley. Additionally, Park's Spitfire and Hurricane squadrons were suffering heavy losses while ...

Author: Douglas C. Dildy

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472839152

Category: History

Page: 384

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Over the past 80 years, histories of the Battle of Britain have consistently portrayed the feats of 'The Few' (as they were immortalized in Churchill's famous speech) as being responsible for the RAF's victory in the epic battle. However, this is only part of the story. The results of an air campaign cannot be measured in terms of territory captured, cities occupied or armies defeated, routed or annihilated. Successful air campaigns are those that achieve their intended aims or stated objectives. Victory in the Battle of Britain was determined by whether the Luftwaffe achieved its objectives. The Luftwaffe, of course, did not, and this detailed and rigorous study explains why. Analysing the battle in its entirety in the context of what it was – history's first independent offensive counter-air campaign against the world's first integrated air defence system – Douglas C. Dildy and Paul F. Crickmore set out to re-examine this remarkable conflict. Presenting the events of the Battle of Britain in the context of the Luftwaffe's campaign and RAF Fighter Command's battles against it, this title is a new and innovative history of the battle that kept alive the Allies' chances of defeating Nazi Germany.
2020-07-09 By Douglas C. Dildy

... The Story of the V-2s Norman Longmate isbn 978-1-84832-546-3 LAST DAYS OF THE LUFTWAFFE German Luftwaffe Combat Units 1944-1945 Manfred Griehl isbn 978-1-84832-511-1 LAST DAYS OF THE REICH The Diary of Count Folke Bernadotte, ...

Author: Erich Kempka

Publisher: Frontline Books

ISBN: 9781848325500

Category: History

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Erich Kempka served as HitlerÍs personal driver from 1934 through to the FÙhrerÍs dramatic suicide in 1945. His candid memoirs offer a unique eyewitness account of events leading up to and during the war, culminating in those dark final days in the FÙhrer's headquarters, deep under the shattered city of Berlin. He begins by describing his duties as a member of HitlerÍs personal staff in the years preceding the war, driving the FÙhrer throughout Germany and abroad, and accompanying him to rallies. The crux of his memoirs however covers his life with Hitler in the Berlin FÙhrerbunker. During this time he was responsible for a transport fleet of cars, and often drove the likes of Speer or Kesselring on inspection tours to the hot spots on the front; and in March 1945, he accompanied the FÙhrer to his final front-inspection tour. Kempka was also present when news came through of G_ring and HimmlerÍs efforts to seize power and negotiate a truce with the Western Allies. Crucially, Kempka also witnessed HitlerÍs marriage to Eva Braun, and his last dinner and personal farewell to all those present, before he and his wife committed suicide. HitlerÍs final order to Kempka was that he have ready enough petrol to burn him and his wife. Under constant Soviet artillery fire, Kempke, Linge and others poured petrol over the bodies and burnt them. The account concludes with KempkaÍs hazardous escape out of a burning Berlin more than 800 km through enemy-occupied Germany, home to find his wife at BE. There he was arrested by American C.fI.C. personnel and interrogated before being sent to serve as a witness at Nuremburg.
2010-02-19 By Erich Kempka

In Aces of the Luftwaffe, Peter Jacobs examines the many campaigns fought by the Luftwaffe, from its fledgling days during the Spanish Civil War to its last days defending the Reich, and recounts the exploits of Erich Hartmann, the highest ...

Author: Peter Jacobs

Publisher: Frontline Books

ISBN: 9781473840874

Category: History

Page: 256

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The air battles of the Second World War were fought ferociously and with extraordinary skill and courage on both fronts. The fighter pilots of the Luftwaffe, the jagdflieger, in fact outscored their Allied counterparts by some margin and were some of the highest scoring fighter pilots of all time. More than a hundred recorded a century of aerial successes with two going on to surpass a quite astonishing 300 victories. In the end, the vast effort required by the Luftwaffe to maintain the air war on so many fronts proved too much and few jagdflieger survived the last days of the Reich but their courage and ability was beyond question, and the names of some will live on in the annals of air warfare with their extraordinary achievements never to be surpassed. In 'Luftwaffe Fighter Aces', Peter Jacobs examines the many campaigns fought by the Luftwaffe from its fledgling days during the Spanish Civil War to its last days defending the Reich, and includes the exploits of Erich Hartmann, the highest scoring fighter pilot of all time, Hans-Joachim Marseille, the Star of Africa, Werner Mlders, the first recipient of the Diamonds, and Adolf Galland, perhaps the most famous of all.
2014-09-03 By Peter Jacobs

Including accounts from the survivors of the mission, this is one of the most extraordinary stories to come from the closing days of the Second World War.

Author: Adrian Weir

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781780227009

Category: History

Page: 192

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The account of one of the most extraordinary stories to come from the closing days of the Second World War. Desperate times drive determined men to desperate measures. In April 1945, their cause already clearly lost, an ill-assorted, ill-equipped group of Luftwaffe crew decided on one final 'death or glory' kamikaze mission - their trage an incoming USAAF Eighth Air Force bomber formation, their only weapons their aircraft. Adrian Weir has researched this remarkable flight to retell it minute by minute: a hopeless gesture of immense courage, thrilling as the reader flies in the cockpit with the German pilots towards the unstoppable aircarft of the Mighty Eighth. Including accounts from the survivors of the mission, this is one of the most extraordinary stories to come from the closing days of the Second World War.
2013-10-17 By Adrian Weir

Five hundred Luftwaffe planes participated in the resulting occupation; troops were air-landed at Prague in an eerie replay of the Austrian annexation. And the Luftwaffe's influence extended into the last days of peace.

Author: Robin Higham

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813136745

Category: History

Page: 317

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Where will the next generation of farmers come from? What will their farms look like? Fields of Learning: The Student Farm Movement in North America provides a concrete set of answers to these urgent questions, describing how, at a wide range of colleges and universities across the United States and Canada, students, faculty, and staff have joined together to establish on-campus farms as outdoor laboratories for agricultural and cultural education. From one-acre gardens to five-hundred-acre crop and livestock farms, student farms foster hands-on food-system literacy in a world where the shortcomings of input-intensive conventional agriculture have become increasingly apparent. They provide a context in which disciplinary boundaries are bridged, intellectual and manual skills are cultivated together, and abstract ideas about sustainability are put to the test. Editors Laura Sayre and Sean Clark have assembled a volume of essays written by pioneering educators directly involved in the founding and management of fifteen of the most influential student farms in North America. Arranged chronologically, Fields of Learning illustrates how the student farm movement originated in the nineteenth century, gained ground in the 1970s, and is flourishing todayÑfrom the University of CaliforniaÐDavis to Yale University, from Hampshire College to Central Carolina Community College, from the University of Montana to the University of Maine.
2013 By Robin Higham

No one was deliberately misleading the Führer either, but the numbers sent to his Luftwaffe commanders were very different. According to them, those days had been among the most glorious days in Luftwaffe history, and therefore clear ...

Author: William Manchester

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9781447279549

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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"Masterful . . . The collaboration completes the Churchill portrait in a seamless manner, combining the detailed research, sharp analysis and sparkling prose that readers of the first two volumes have come to expect." - Associated Press Spanning the years 1940 to 1965, The Last Lion: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965 begins shortly after Winston Churchill became prime minister-when Great Britain stood alone against the overwhelming might of Nazi Germany. In brilliant prose and informed by decades of research, William Manchester and Paul Reid recount how Churchill organized his nation's military response and defence, convinced FDR to support the cause, and personified the "never surrender" ethos that helped win the war. We witness Churchill, driven from office, warning the world of the coming Soviet menace. And after his triumphant return to 10 Downing Street, we follow him as he pursues his final policy goal: a summit with President Dwight Eisenhower and Soviet leaders. In conclusion, we experience Churchill's last years, when he faces the end of his life with the same courage he brought to every battle he ever fought.
2015-03-26 By William Manchester

How much longer could the Luftwaffe maintain their now massive daily assaults on Southeast England? For here in the very last days of August 1940 the Germans were actually expanding their feverish air activity. Of late the Luftwaffe had ...

Author: Desmond Joseph McCarthy

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781728305103

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 168

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This vivid story from an Anglo-Irish-American veteran of World War II tells firsthand of the terror and hardship of the Battle of Britain and the Blitz on London and the bravery of the British during those eighteen months when they stood alone against Germany and Italy. Tapping into the memories etched deeply into his mind while a young man, McCarthy tells of his coming of age in war-torn London. His unique perspective as an Irishman born in Wales, raised in London, and immigrated to the United States offers a truly unique voice in the narrative of World War II.
2019-04-29 By Desmond Joseph McCarthy

The lift resumed from Tatinskaya within days, but the damage in terms of lost aircraft capacity and support assets was done. ... In the final days, a bitter Paulus reproached the Luftwaffe for the promises it had failed to keep.

Author: Stephen Walsh

Publisher: Amber Books Ltd

ISBN: 9781908273987

Category: History

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The German invasion of Russia was Hitler’s biggest gamble in his quest for ‘Lebensraum’ in the East – and it was at Stalingrad that his gamble failed. Stalingrad 1942-1943: The Infernal Cauldron is a comprehensive history of the greatest battle of World War II, a defining moment in the struggle on the Eastern Front, which has been called the Verdun of World War II. From an About.Com review of the illustrated print edition: "[Anthony Beevor’s] Stalingrad is wholly worthy of its fame. Fortunately for publishers, there are many ways to write history and Stephen Walsh's account of Stalingrad offers a strong alternative: a military history. Walsh may cover the same ground … but his is a narrative of logistics and tactical planning, an account of where troops moved and fought, why plans were conceived and what they meant militarily. There's a large overlap between Beevor and Walsh - both include the same basic detail - but Beevor's prose is more personal … while Walsh's text considers the limits of German national power and the nature of Vernichtungschlacht warfare. Where Beevor discusses the difficulty of providing exact figures Walsh just gives them and where Beevor's writing is ceaselessly gripping Walsh is more sedate, educational and discursive. In short, these books are aimed at different audiences: anyone who likes reading will enjoy Beevor, but someone who wants the military specifics and contexts will benefit more from Walsh. Another bonus is a chapter on Army Group A and their campaign in the Caucasus, an event presumably omitted from Beevor's Stalingrad on grounds of relevance, but one which helps place the siege on context. Walsh's book is an excellent military history, but Beevor's is better suited to a broader audience: in terms of text, neither is more wrong nor right than the other, but Walsh feels like a documentary and Beevor like a feature film. It might seem unfair to constantly compare The Infernal Cauldron to Stalingrad, but I urge everyone who reads one to study the other too. No one should miss out on Beevor's style and treatment of both history and humanity, while The Infernal Cauldron is a superb, maybe even essential, companion to Stalingrad.”
2012-07-16 By Stephen Walsh

In the last days of the Second World War, nearly all the Luftwaffe's records were destroyed by that organization's chief historian. As a result, it is more difficult to build a coherent picture of the overall Luftwaffe lessons-learned ...

Author: Williamson Murray

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107006591

Category: History

Page: 342

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Addresses how military organizations confront the problem of adapting under the trying, terrifying conditions of war.
2011-10-10 By Williamson Murray

This is the personal account of a Luftwaffe aide always at HitlerÕs side from 1937 until the last days in Berlin, now published for the first time in English.

Author: Nicolaus von Below

Publisher: Frontline Books

ISBN: 9781848325852

Category: History

Page: 256

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This is the personal account of a Luftwaffe aide always at HitlerÕs side from 1937 until the last days in Berlin, now published for the first time in English. Nicolaus von Below was a 29-year-old pilot when Goering selected him for the position of HitlerÕs Luftwaffe adjutant. He was with Hitler at every stage as the Second World War unfolded. His observations tell of HitlerÕs responses to momentous events as well as military decisions and policy-making at FŸhrer Headquarters. This is a superb source describing life in HitlerÕs inner circle, relied upon on by Gitta Sereny in her biography of Albert Speer. He provides fascinating insight into how Hitler planned the invasions of Poland and Russia, what he thought of Britain and America, why he placed his faith in the V-1 and V-2 projects, how others dealt with him, and much more. Von Below was present at the assassination attempt in July 1944, and records the effect on Hitler and his followers. Von Below was the last of HitlerÕs close military entourage to emerge from the bunker alive. His frank memoir will appeal to anyone interested in how Hitler ran his war. He was denounced to the British in 1946 and imprisoned as a material witness at Nuremberg, until being discharged in 1947.
2010-11-30 By Nicolaus von Below

And finally, although the Luftwaffe made heavy attacks on sector airfields during the last days of August and the first days of September, causing severe damage, it failed once again to persist and thereby put those airfields ...

Author: Vincent Orange

Publisher: Grub Street

ISBN: 9781908117748

Category: History

Page: 352

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Making full use of archival sources, studies by other scholars, and information provided by family members, Vincent Orange has completed the first biography of Air Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding to cover his entire life. Soldier, pilot, wireless pioneer, squadron commander, spiritualist, champion skier, ‘Stuffy’ Dowding is perhaps best known as the creator of the first radar-based air defense system and his no less remarkable management of such throughout the Battle of Britain. Dowding served in ‘delightful and dangerous Iraq’, helped to pacify unrest in the Holy Land, was involved in the R.101 airship disaster and oversaw the creation of Britain’s first eight-gun monoplanes, the Hurricane and Spitfire. Controversially dismissed from Fighter Command and refused the R.A.F.’s highest rank, he nevertheless became the first airman elevated to the peerage since Trenchard. Westminster Abbey was packed for his memorial service in March 1970 with more that 46 air marshals in attendance; and in 1988 H.M. the Queen Mother unveiled a statue in his honor. With his expert eye, respected historian Orange has analyzed and evaluated every episode of Dowding’s exceptional career to produce what will be seen as the definitive biography.
2008-10-30 By Vincent Orange

{410} BA/MA, RL7/159 Verlauf der Generalstabsreise Luftwaffe 1939, Lft. Kdo 3, Fhr.Abt. Nr 2778/39, pp. 6–17. {411} BA/MA, Rl7/2, Abschrift, “Erfahrungsbericht der Luftflotte 1 über den polnischen Feldzug,” p. 1. In the last days of the ...

Author: Professor Williamson Murray

Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing

ISBN: 9781782899860

Category: History

Page: 367

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Military Adaptation in War addresses one of the most persistent problems that military organizations confront: namely, the problem of how to adapt under the trying, terrifying conditions of war. This work builds on the volume that Professor Williamson Murray edited with Allan Millett on military innovation (a quite different issue, though similar in some respects). In Clausewitzian terms, war is a contest, an interactive duel, which is of indeterminate length and presents a series of intractable problems at every level, from policy and strategy down to the tactical. Moreover, the fact that the enemy is adapting at the same time presents military organizations with an ever-changing set of conundrums that offer up no easy solutions. As the British general, James Wolfe, suggested before Quebec: ‘War is an option of difficulties’. Dr Murray provides an in-depth analysis of the problems that military forces confront in adapting to these difficulties.

during the last week of July brought Hitler back posthaste from his headquarters on the Eastern Front . ... Hamburg in the latter days of July 1943 , had tremendous influence upon the Luftwaffe High Command , particularly because Hitler ...

Author: Eugene Morlock Emme

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105120800557

Category: Messerschmitt 262 (Jet fighter plane)

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Published for the first time in English, this is a superb historical source describing life in Hitler’s inner circle, relied upon by Gitta Sereny in her biography of Albert Speer.

Author: Nicolaus von Below

Publisher: Frontline Books

ISBN: 9781781599747

Category: History

Page: 256

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“An intimate glimpse into the decision-making process of the Nazi military leadership” from a Luftwaffe aide at Hitler’s side until the last days in Berlin (Library Journal). Nicolaus von Below was a 29-year-old pilot when Goering selected him for the position of Hitler’s Luftwaffe adjutant. He was with Hitler at every stage as the Second World War unfolded. His observations tell of Hitler’s responses to momentous events as well as military decisions and policy-making at headquarters. Published for the first time in English, this is a superb historical source describing life in Hitler’s inner circle, relied upon by Gitta Sereny in her biography of Albert Speer. The book provides fascinating insight into how Hitler planned the invasions of Poland and Russia; what he thought of Britain and America; why he placed his faith in the V-1 and V-2 projects; how others dealt with him; and much more. Von Below was present at the assassination attempt in July 1944, and records the effect on Hitler and his followers. He was also the last of Hitler’s close military entourage to emerge from the bunker alive, eventually imprisoned as a material witness at Nuremberg. “Sure to become an important memoir for those studying the Nazi war machine.”—Publishers Weekly “Indispensable.”—Ian Kershaw, author of Hitler: A Biography
2010-11-30 By Nicolaus von Below

The "Losses and Claims" series is a day by day account of the Aircraft losses of the German Air force in World War I, Main sources are the GQM (General Quartiermeister Akten) files where all aircraft damaged or lost reported daily to the ...

Author: Michael Balss

Publisher:

ISBN: 1721576363

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The "Losses and Claims" series is a day by day account of the Aircraft losses of the German Air force in World War I, Main sources are the GQM (General Quartiermeister Akten) files where all aircraft damaged or lost reported daily to the RLM (Reichsluftfahrt Ministerium) what reason ever. This files are not complete, the year 1944 is missing also the year 1945 is not complete, in the GQM files names of the aircrews only noted when killed, missing or wounded. Second source the NVM (Namentliche Verlustmeldung) Loss report of the unit, in the NVM report it's about the personal loss, mostly the aircraft, Serial No., Markings also noted but not always. This reports are also not complete a lot them been destroyed in the last days of the war. I also used as source hundreds of "Flugbücher" flight logs of former Luftwaffe crew members, allied reports like "crashed enemy aircraft reports", etc. Basic sources are the GQM and NVM files, but for example the GQM report say as location "area London" in other sources had a report with photos and the exact crash side, this location is used, if not absolutely clear the original GQM source is used. Finally to say it`s not a complete loss register there are still lots of missing reports - specially in 1944 and 1945 but also in any other years, but one of near completest register about losses and claims of the Luftwaffe in World War II which covers more than 112000 losses and more than 68000 claims. It shall be a source for all the people seriously interested in the history or the war in the Air in Europe. Part 28 covers the Losses and Claims in the month January 1944. The big jump from Part 2 to 28 is a reaction about the mails I got to publish the late war losses parallel, so next part will be 3 June-August 1940 followed by Part 29 February 1944
2018-06-18 By Michael Balss

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