Luftwaffe Sturmgruppen

Luftwaffe Sturmgruppen

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By the spring of 1944, hundreds of American heavy bombers were venturing deep into occupied Europe, escorted by ever increasing numbers of Mustangs, Thunderbolts and Lightnings. In a desperate attempt to deal a single knock-out blow to the Allied daylight bomber offensive, an outstanding band of Luftwaffe fighter pilots volunteered to be organised into elite bomber destroyer units known as Sturmgruppen, or 'assault wings'. Pilots in these units were trained to engage the enemy in close-quarter combat. Through first-hand accounts and rare archival photography, this book chronicles the brief but violent career of the Sturmgruppen during the dark days of 1944.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 184 x 248 x 9.4mm | 453.59g
  • Osprey Publishing
  • New York, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 120 b&w illustrations, 36 colour illustrations
  • 1841769088
  • 9781841769080
  • 675,274

Table of contents

Origins (early daylight raids, and the initial Luftwaffe opposition); Growing Desperation (the increase of the USAAF daylight bombing campaign in 1943); Sturmgruppen (the elite Sturmgruppe are created and hastily trained); Bloody baptism (the Sturmgruppen see action); Annihilation (the Sturmgruppen are overwhelmed by American fighter escorts); Appendices
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About John Weal

Osprey's primary Luftwaffe author and artist, John Weal has written, illustrated and/or supplied artwork for several titles in the Aircraft of the Aces series. He owns one of the largest private collections of original German-language literature from World War 2, and his research is firmly based on this huge archive. This is his fifth book in the Aviation Elite Units series.
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