Hitler's Eagles: The Luftwaffe, 1933-45

Hitler's Eagles: The Luftwaffe, 1933-45

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By (author) Chris McNab

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Hardback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 196mm x 244mm x 36mm | 1,520g
  • Publication date: 20 November 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 1780962835
  • ISBN 13: 9781780962832
  • Illustrations note: ill
  • Sales rank: 299,141

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At the beginning of World War II, the Luftwaffe was the world's most advanced air force. With superior tactics, aircraft and training, it cut through opposition air forces. Despite this auspicious beginning, by 1945 the Luftwaffe was a dying force. The Allies were destroying German aircraft at unequal rates, and Luftwaffe aviators were dying in their thousands in an unbalanced battle to save Germany from destruction. Hitler's Eagles charts the turbulent history of the Luftwaffe from its earliest days to its downfall. Once Hitler was in power, the Luftwaffe came out of the shadows and expanded under a massive rearmament programme, then embarked upon the war that would define its existence. As well as providing a detailed history of the Luftwaffe's combat experience, the book expands on its human and material aspects. Aces and commanders are profiled and aircraft are described both technologically and tactically. The book conveys all the drama of the Luftwaffe's existence with Osprey's famous aviation artwork bringing the story incomparably to life.

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Author information

Chris McNab is an author and editor specializing in military history and military technology. To date he has published more than 40 books, including A History of the World in 100 Weapons (2011), Deadly Force (2009) and Tools of Violence (2008). He is the contributing editor of Hitler's Armies: A History of the German War Machine 1939-45 (2011) and Armies of the Napoleonic Wars (2009). Chris has also written extensively for major encyclopedia series, magazines and newspapers, and he lives in South Wales, UK.

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While this title does not claim to be the ultimate reference for Luftwaffe operations during World War Two, it is certainly one of the best to be published in recent years. - Airfix Model World

Table of contents

Introduction /Chapter 1: From Triumph to Defeat /Chapter 2: The Luftwaffe - Structure and Organisation /Chapter 3: Bombers - Strategic Reach /Chapter 4: Fighters - Sky Warriors /Chapter 5: Ground-Attack - Strike From Above /Chapter 6: Maritime and Utility Aircraft - Aerial Workhorses /Chapter 7: Ground Forces - Eagles on the Land /List of books /Index