Books listed alphabetically
by Author or Biographical Subject
FLIEGERHORST: Antwerpen-Deurne 1940.
NEW copy, hardcover. (De Kruger, 2007)
220 black & white photographs, 8.5x12, 168 pages.
~~~ This large format book tells the story of the Flemish airfield at Deurne, just outside Antwerp, where the famous German fighter unit Kampfgeschwader 3 was stationed and in particular, their involvment in the great struggle for air supremacy over the south of England that was the Battle of Britain.
Illustrated throughout, this book gives a fascinating insight into the workings of one of the most important German fighter stations in the early part of World War ll.
Faber, Harold (ed),
LUFTWAFFE: A HISTORY.
VG/VG. Jacket price-clipped, protected by mylar. (NY: Quadrangle/NY Times Book Co., 1977).
Photographs, organization tables, index, 291 pages. ~~ "In this fascinating book we are taken into the strange, self-defeating world of the Luftwaffe high command, with all its colorful characters and the destructive interplay of its personalities and revalries. the book draws heavily on primary sources, much of it coming from WWII debriefing statements from former Luftwaffe generals and captured Luftwaffe documents and diaries and photographs."
~~ OUT OF PRINT.
Fischer, Wolfgang, with John Weal.
LUFTWAFFE FIGHTER PILOT: Defending the Reich Against the RAF and USAAF.
NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Grub Street, 2010).
Black & white photo section, 5.75x8.25, 224 pages.
~~~ Within weeks of war being declared, Wolfgang Fischer had volunteered to join the Luftwaffe and spent nearly five of the succeeding six years of hostilities in uniform. During this time he was given a succession of postings varying from a long-range recce unit; as a decoder in a met office in occupied France; to a bomber squadron; and as a flying instructor, before joining a squadron of the famous Richthofen Geschwader in Italy, from where he was shot down in his FW 190 by Mustangs en route to Normandy.
By now a Lieutenant, he survived to fly offensive rocket attacks over Gold Beach on D-Day, only to be shot down again on D + 1, and captured and sent first to a hospital in the UK, then into captivity in the USA. He was finally repatriated in April 1946. His description of all these events is entertaining and well-written, ranging from comic to tragic. It is unique in flavor, giving a valuable insight into the undeniably typical lot of those serving in the air arm of the Third Reich. Expertly translated and edited by John Weal, this is a worthy accompaniment to Norbert Hannig’s Luftwaffe Fighter Ace published by Grub Street in 2004.
LAST DAYS OF THE LUFTWAFFE: German Luftwaffe Combat Units 1944–1945.
NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Frontline Books, 2009).
More than 180 black & white photographs, 20 line illustrations. 7.5x9.5, 320 pages.
~~~ The end of the Second World War in Europe was an epoch of complete social, cultural and technological upheaval. In the realm of military and aviation history this period was revolutionary. The eclipse of the piston-engine, and the introduction of electronic detection equipment, rockets and airborne weapons in previously unknown quantities changed the face of the air war and paved the way for post-war developments in aviation technology.
Many details of this crucial phase of the war remained hidden for many years in top-secret files, but in this fascinating new history Manfred Griehl makes use of recently declassified sources, alongside his own vast collection of photographs, to provide a fresh look at the story of the Luftwaffe.
Among the many aspects he covers are the new models of Bf 109 and Fw 190; the Me 262 jet plane; the establishment of He 162 squadrons; Stukas and Fw 190 fighter-bomber operations on the Eastern Front; Me 262 Blitzbombers in the West, the recruitment of 1928-born Hitler Youth into the two hundred glider schools; the increasing importance of remote-controlled air-to-air rockets; and the development of heavy bombs, remote-controlled bombs, ‘atom bombs’ and Germany's chemical and bacteriological arsenal.
Packed full of fascinating revelations – such as the existence of the real-life Luftwaffe kamikaze squadron – this meticulously researched and fully illustrated book will be of interest to historian and enthusiast alike.
THE OTHER BATTLE: Luftwaffe Night Aces versus Bomber Command.
NEW copy. Hardcover
with dust jacket. (Edison, NJ: Castle Books, 1996) Photographs; Glossary of German
Words and Phrases; Bibliography; Index of Personalities, Aircraft and Selected Codewords. 352 pages.
~~~ This book traces the parallel development of night bombing within the RAF and
that of the Luftwaffe's Night Fighter Force, culminating in the strategic bombing offensive
and the German aerial defence against that offensive. It encompasses the historical,
strategic, tactical and technical aspects of the subject, and contains a large amount of
material based on personal experience. ~~~ Originally published at $29.95, now OUT OF PRINT.
FIGHTER PILOT ACES OF THE LUFTWAFFE IN WORLD WAR II.
NEW copy, hardcover. (Pen and Sword, 2007)
100 black & white photographs, 6x9, 208 pages.
~~~ This book examines the reality behind the myths of the legendary German fighter aces of World War II. It explains why only a small minority of pilots - those in whom the desire for combat overrode everything - accounted for so large a proportion of the victories. It surveys the skills that a successful fighter pilot must have - a natural aptitude for flying, marksmanship, keen eyesight - and the way in which fighter tactics have developed. The book examines the history of the classic fighter aircraft that were flown, such as the Messerschmitt Bf 109 and the Focke Wulf Fw 190, and examines each type's characteristics, advantages and disadvantages in combat.
The accounts of the experiences of fighter pilots are based on archival research, diaries, letters, published and unpublished memoirs and personal interviews with veterans.
The pilots included are Werner Molders, Gunther Rall, Adolf Galland, Erich Hartmann and Johannes Steinhoff.
ORDER OF BATTLE: GERMAN LUFTWAFFE IN WWII.
NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket.
(Amber Books, 2009).
20 illustrations and photos, 7.5x9.5, 192 pages.
~~~ Germany’s air force, the Luftwaffe, played a critical role in the Third Reich’s victories in the early part of World War II, providing the airborne component of the German forces’ irresistible Blitzkrieg (“lightning war”) tactics that swept all armies before it from 1939 to 1942.
Broken down by campaign and key battles within each theater of war, Order of Battle: German Luftwaffe in World War II illustrates the strengths and organizational structures of the Third Reich’s air force, building into a detailed compendium of information. Full-color order of battle tree diagrams at Luftflotten, Gruppe, Fliegerkorps and squadron level help the reader quickly understand how and where bomber (Kampfgeschwader), fighter (Jagdgeschwader), dive-bomber (Stukageschwader), and reconnaissance (Aufklärungsgruppe) units were employed. Quick reference tables provide unit strengths, aircraft types, and base locations, while profile diagrams show typical numbers of aircraft at squadron level.
With extensive organizational diagrams, tables and full-color campaign maps, Order of Battle: German Luftwaffe in World War II is an attractive, easy-to-use guide to the German air force of World War II. The book is an essential reference for any serious enthusiast of air warfare in the twentieth century.
HEINKEL HE 162 "VOLKSJAGER": Last Ditch Effort by the Luftwaffe.
NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (History Facts, 2010)
140 photographs, 50 scale drawings, 30 color plates, 200 file documents.
8x11, 430 pages.
~~~ The primary objective of this source edition is to provide readers with original documents, allowing them to form their own impression of the development, manufacture and operation of the Heinkel He 162. By linking this accumulated data with the historical situation of those times, we hope to have facilitated a more objective assessment of the "Volksjäger" project.
For the purposes of this book, around 200 documents were selected from a multitude of material on the Heinkel He 162 and reproduced in their original state. Complementing them are some 140 photographs, some of them hitherto unpublished , 50 scale drawings, 30 color plates and innumerable citations from contemporary documents, teleprints, orders, lectures, reviews and intelligence reports.
To make orientation easy, documents and illustrations are arranged in chapters that follow the historic timeline: project, development of the Heinkel He 162, manufacturing of the "Volksjaeger", in action with the Luftwaffe, and allied war booty are the most important topics. The production and delivery numbers of the Heinkel He 162 are broken down for the first time. Most of the original documents are not translated, but discussed in the text. A German-English glossary helps to understand the content of those original files.
Rounding off the publication is a comprehensive appendix giving details of propulsion units, camouflage schemes, armament, the cockpit, plus the various versions of the Heinkel He 162. An index of individuals, place names and subjects and a list of sources and literature, covers several pages.
BROKEN EAGLES: Luftwaffe Losses over Yorkshire, 1939-1945.
NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket.
(Pen & Sword, 2009).
Illustrated, 6x9, 224 pages.
~~~ Approximately 150 Luftwaffe personnel were shot down or crashed in Yorkshire during World War II. The attitude of local people to the German dead may seem surprising to some. Bodies recovered during the war were buried with full military honors. While researching this book in response to public interest in England, the author communicated with 50 Luftwaffe veterans who survived the campaign.
FOREIGN PLANES IN THE SERVICE OF THE LUFTWAFFE.
NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Grub Street, 2010).
Over 100 black & white photos, 6x9, 208 pages.
~~~ No airforce in the Second World War would make more use of captured planes than the Luftwaffe. With this in mind, Jean-Louis Roba has undergone a considerable amount of work in tracking down hundreds of aircraft used by the Luftwaffe and illustrating their uses, careers and eventual fates. The book examines the full history of foreign planes in the Luftwaffe, from its inception in the prewar years to the end of the Second World War. More than just an account of the Luftwaffe’s use of captured aircraft, the book debunks myths about how prepared the Germans were for war in 1939, and shows how important even such an unreliable source of supplies as captured planes would become to the Luftwaffe. Translated into English for the first time, Roba’s investigative work is supported by over a hundred pictures of the planes themselves, and gives a rare opportunity to see British and American planes repainted in German colors and symbols.
LUFTWAFFE VICTORIOUS: An Alternative History
NEW copy. Hardcover in dust jacket. Military Book Club Edition. Photographs, bibliography, 256 pages.Hermann Göring described his vision of the Luftwaffe in 1940 as an air force with “lightning speed and undreamed-of might.” He succeeded in creating the monster of his dreams. What if he had been removed from the picture shortly after his creation took wing? Luftwaffe Victorious does a spectacular job exploring the scenario.
When Göring brazenly flies a mission in the Battle of Britain, his plane is shot down and the Luftwaffe’s number-one is killed. Command then goes to Albert Kessilring, in reality a more professional and respected commander than Göring could ever hoped to have been. As a result, the Luftwaffe is altered from the tactical power that in reality it was, to a world-class strategic force. The entire grid of WW II is changed.
Author Mike Spick meticulously follows the path, taking into consideration the personalities of the Luftwaffe’s new leaders—and the new weapons and strategies that would likely have followed. Spick’s extensive knowledge and painstaking research of actual German weapons programs adds a real authoritativeness to Luftwaffe Victorious; yes, it’s alternative history, but it’s also based very much on reality. The story is so detailed—right down to specs and diagrams of the Do 19A and its preferred attack formation—that it seems all the more plausible.
When you begin reading Luftwaffe Victorious, you enter another world. But the beauty is that it doesn’t seem too strange for long. With Göring gone, it all just makes sense. 256 pages.
With the death of Hermann Göring and his monstrous ego early on in WW II, we see:
• The Luftwaffe’s quick completion of the Dornier Do 19A strategic bomber
• The carrier Graf Zeppelin wreaking havoc on the Allied forces
• An advanced generation of U-boats prowling the English Channel and Atlantic Ocean as late as 1945
• Allied disaster at Normandy, brought on largely by German jets and their armor-piercing ammo
• Munich suffering history’s first A-bomb attack