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|Title, Description &
||Luftwaffe at War Gathering Storm
1933 – 1939 Volume 1
||Hard Cover; 280 x 215 mm format; 192
pages. 149 b/w, 97 colour photos plus over 200 drawings
available online from Ian Allan Publishing
||Comprehensive behind the scenes look
at the rise of the Luftwaffe, excellent artwork, interesting selection
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Having covered the colours and markings worn by Luftwaffe aircraft in
World War II, Classic Publications now turn their attention to the
history of this air force.
Here is the first book in a series that will take a detailed look into
the planning, tactics and strategies employed in each of the Luftwaffe’s
campaigns. In addition to the above, the aspect of command and
leadership is discussed, an area where power struggles were an ongoing
conflict in itself.
The philosophy concerning the success and failure of the many battles
can not be forgotten and this facet of the war has also been taken into
Volume One goes right back to where it all started. From the confused
times immediately following WWI to the turbulent years of the early
‘20s, this first chapter reviews the circumstances that limited
Germany’s access to aircraft.
The following two sections explain how the seeds of the newly sown
Luftwaffe were able to be nourished. The clandestine training and
development of future Luftwaffe pilots is put into perspective, as well
as how such an audacious scheme was able to occur in Soviet Russia.
Politics were a major player in this arrangement and this is discussed
in full. There was plenty of infighting during these fledgling years as
Germany’s leading personalities made their play for power. This is one
of the more interesting subjects that the author addresses as he
explains the traits of the characters and how it impacted on their
The baptism of fire was of course Spain. This and the invasion of Poland
have chapters of their own. As expected, the fascinating “behind the
scene” antics of the participants are brought to light with many
entertaining anecdotes to be found.
The pace of the book is furious with the author managing to cover an
amazing amount of information in the pages provided. Occasionally this
can overwhelm the reader and it helps to stop every now and then to take
An example of one sentence being: “They created a loose grouping of
modernisers who were nicknamed the Fronde, after French 17th century
rebels and one of their leaders was the Truppenamt’s Head of Operations,
Oberst Werner von Blomberg who would play a key role in Luftwaffe
development and whose son, Axel, would perish as a Luftwaffe officer in
1941 leading a mission to Iraq”…phew!
The quality artwork of Tom Tullis will be familiar to those that have
seen other books from this publisher. His excellent work has been
reproduced here with at least a dozen profiles displayed.
Over 175 photographs compliment the text and these are an interesting
mixture of man and machine.
This book gives the reader a different perspective in regard to the
rising of the Luftwaffe.
Instead of concentrating purely on the aircraft and campaigns of the
period, the author looks at the feuds, ambitions and psychology of the
people involved. It may bog you down at times due to the sheer volume of
information the author wants to convey, but persevere and you won’t be
Thanks to Simon from DLS for the review sample
Review Copyright © 2007 by Rob Baumgartner
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