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

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