Eagles of the Third Reich: Men of the Luftwaffe in World War II

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Stackpole Books, 2007 - History - 346 pages
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  • Character-based study of why the German air force was defeated
  • Recounts the Luftwaffe in combat from the blitzkrieg of 1939-40 and the Battle of Britain to the Eastern Front and the Normandy campaign

    From its secret post--World War I beginnings to its virtual destruction by the Allied air forces, the story of the German air force is best told by examining its leaders--brilliant, ambitious, ruthless, and deceitful men like Hermann Goering, the drug-addicted Luftwaffe commander; Erhard Milch, the half-Jewish head of aircraft production; and Adolf Galland, the general of fighters who often clashed with Goering. Mitcham profiles them and others while describing the Luftwaffe's battles--both in the skies and behind the scenes--and explaining why it was so decisively defeated.

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    Contents

    The Secret Air Force
    1
    Command Fragmentation
    14
    Spain The First Battle
    31
    The Buildup and the Outbreak of the War
    51
    Blitzkrieg
    80
    The Air War Against Britain 193942
    95
    The Balkans Campaign
    114
    Russia 1941 The Last Blitzkrieg
    127
    Defeat on All Fronts
    236
    Ritter von Greim The Last Field Marshal
    266
    Table of Equivalent Ranks
    279
    Chain of Command of Luftwaffe Aviation Units
    281
    Strengths of Luftwaffe Units
    282
    Glossary of Luftwaffe Terms
    283
    Other Leading Luftwaffe Personalities
    286
    The Principal German Aircraft 193545
    293

    The Fall of Ernst Udet
    149
    The Russian Front 194243
    173
    The Bombings Begin 1942
    200
    The Tide Turns 1943
    207
    Notes
    301
    Bibliography
    325
    Index
    335
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    About the author (2007)

    Samuel W. Mitcham, Jr., is the author of more than twenty books on World War II. He lives in Louisiana.

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