The Luftwaffe in Camera

The Luftwaffe in Camera


By (author) Dr. Alfred Price

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  • Publisher: The History Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 248mm x 26mm | 962g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Stroud
  • ISBN 10: 0752451022
  • ISBN 13: 9780752451022
  • Sales rank: 758,029

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There is much to find intriguing about Hitler's Luftwaffe. During six short years, it rose from almost nothing to become the terror of Europe. At the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939, it was the most powerful air force in the world. The aircraft were state-of-the-art and the crews were numerous and highly motivated. During the first two and a half years of the war, the Luftwaffe made possible the German Army's series of lightning victories. Its only serious setback came in the summer of 1940 during the Battle of Britain, when the RAF foiled its attempt to establish air superiority over southern England as a prelude to invasion. Then, gradually but inexorably, the air forces of Germany's enemies became stronger than her own. On each battlefront in turn, the Luftwaffe was forced onto the defensive despite trying to overcome its many problems with great ingenuity and courage. To the end, it could never be discounted in the Allied calculations. When the war ended in May 1945 the Luftwaffe possessed some 3,500 combat aircraft. It had fought valiantly against ever-lengthening odds, but when the end came the Luftwaffe was overwhelmed by pressures beyond its control. Author Alfred Price spent several years touring Germany and interviewing Luftwaffe veterans. The majority of photographs in this book came from their personal albums. Taken together, they provide a unique pictorial record of this important phase in twentieth-century history.

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Author information

Alfred Price is a former RAF aircrew officer and the author of more than 50 books on aviation subjects, including "The Last Year of the Luftwaffe" and"War In The Fourth Dimension," and "One Day in a Long War" which he coauthored.

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"One of the best on the period and its arms, well organized and intense." --"Library Journal" on "One Day in a Long War"