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
(Aufklarungsgruppe) units were employed. Quick reference tables
provide unit strengths, aircraft types, and base locations, while
profile diagrams show typical numbers of aircraft at squadron
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.
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