Luftwaffe Over Germany: Defense of the Reich

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US Air Force Historical Foundation award for Best Air Power History Book of 2008

The Luftwaffe over Germany tells the story of one of the longest and most intense air battles in history. The daylight air struggles over Germany during World War II involved thousands of aircraft, dozens of units, and hundreds of aerial engagements. Until now, there has been no single book that covers the complete story, from the highest levels of air strategy to the individual tales of Fw 190s, Bf 109s and Me 262s in air combat against the American bomber streams.

This ground-breaking work explores the detrimental effect of Luftwaffe theory and doctrine on the German air arms ability to defend the homeland once the Allied Combined Bomber Offensive began in earnest. By mid-1944, they had lost the battle – but had exacted a terrible price from the Americans in the process.

The product of a ten-year collaboration between two noted Luftwaffe historians, this work fills a major gap in the literature of World War II. The authors have examined original war diaries, logbooks, doctrine manuals, after-action reports, and interviews with many combat veterans to produce a richly detailed account. Illustrated with nearly two hundred photographs, as well as new maps and diagrams, this is the standard work on the subject.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Frontline Books (July 19, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848327412
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848327412
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.9 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds