The German magazine Der Adler was published before and during World Warn by the German Air Force with mono and colour reproductions throughout the book.
|Book cover finish
||Hardcover ( square back binding )
|Number of pages
||23 x 2 x 30 cm
||S.L. Mayer & Masami Tokoi
||Thomas Y Crowell / Bison Book
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The German magazine Der Adler was published before and during World Warn by the German Air Force. Its purposes were twofold: first, to publicize the Luftwaffe within the ranks of the Air Force and throughout Germany; and secondly, to publicize the growing might and power of the new Luftwaffe throughout the world. For this reason the magazine was published before the war and up to the end of 1941 in both German and English. The English language version was specifically designed for the United States to encourage isolationism by emphasizing the omnipotence of German air power in World War II. A unique collection of Der Adler has been discovered and the best of this magazine is presented in this collection.
Like its counter-part, Signal, Der Adler is a subtle mix of straight reportage and propaganda. Largely factual in character it still conveys a message that Goering's Luftwaffe dominated the skies throughout Europe. Therefore, its presentation of the Battle of Britain is particularly interesting, since no defeat as such was acknowledged. Der Adler, in short, is an important social and historical document which will be of great interest to students of historian aircraft enthusiasts alike. In this compilation of Der Adler we have included a number of hitherto unpublished color photographs of airplanes under construction and in action during World War II. These photographs were taken by the Propaganda Company of Goebbels and aircraft manufacturers such as Messerschmitt and Junkers. They are placed in three special 4-color sections, as Der Adler was produced entirely in black and white.
An historical introduction to this work explaining the origins of the Luftwaffe and Der Adler as well as the role of this magazine is presented by Masami Tokoi, an acknowledged Japanese expert on aircraft of World War II. His vast collection of rare photographic material includes the entire run of Der Adler magazine from which this compilation was chosen.