The Last Year of the Lufwaffe, May 1944 to May 1945

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191 pages - 1993 - Used, mint condition
Well - documented with documents, photographs and ex - Luftwaffe airmen's memories, this book depicts the last year of the Luftwaffe ( May 1944 - May 1945 ).

Characteristics

Book cover finish Offset varnish, Perfect paperback
Special features Reprint, Original edition ( O.E. or Or.E ), Stamp on the title page : Jacques PAPELEUX - BÉRISMENIL 6982 LA ROCHE, Label on the back cover : MAISON du LIVRE - AVIATION
Condition Used, mint condition
Number of pages 191
Published date 1993
Language English
Size 16 x 24 x 2 cm
Author Alfred Price
Editor Arms and Armour Press

Description

PREFACE

 

So much has been said and written about the Luftwaffe, but all previous accounts charting its path through the whole of the war seem to lose their thrust once they enter the final year. It is as if those writers, having delighted in describing the build - up of the force and its many triumphs, lost heart when the towering edifice began to come tumbling down. This book was written in an attempt to fill that gap, and it is directed particularly at those who already have a good general understanding of the history of the Luftwaffe but who wish to learn more about its demise.

 

A major problem facing anyone preparing an authoritative work on the Luftwaffe is the paucity of its official documents that survived the war. As the Soviet forces were tightening their grip on Berlin in April 1945, Hermann Göring ordered that all documents held in the archives of the Luftwaffe's historical branch were to be destroyed. In general that order was rigorously carried out, and as a result very few unit war diaries have survived - and those that did are all incomplete. There is a similar shortage of official documents describing air operations. Of the documents that survived, many did so only because they were held by individuals in official positions at the end of the war, who simply kept hold of their unit's records afterwards. The tracking down of such documents has been a " hit - and - miss " business, though deeply rewarding when successful.

 

In writing this book I was able to draw on material and photographs from several good friends and archives. I am particularly grateful for the use of documents from the Bundesarchiv in Freiburg ; as mentioned above, the collection held there is far from complete but it contains several gems, notably the detailed orders of battle for the entire Luftwaffe assembled at ten - day intervals throughout the war. J. Richard Smith allowed me to use material he collected during his own researches, while Hanfried Schliephake and Tom Willis kindly let me use photographs from their collections. ( ... )

 

Alfred Price

À PROPOS DE CET AUTEUR
Alfred Price

Alfred Price F.R.Hist.S. ( 1936 - January 29th, 2017 ) was a British popular author on aviation and related topics. 


He served as an aircrew officer in the Royal Air Force ( R.A.F. ), where he was a crewman on Vulcan bombers and specialised in electronic warfare and air fighting tactics. In a military flying career spanning 15 years he logged over 4,000 flying hours. 


Alfred Price received his Ph.D. ( Philosophiæ doctor : Doctor of Philosophy ) in History from Loughborough University ( Leicestershire, England ). After his retirement from the R.A.F. ( 1974 ), he wrote extensively on aviation and military topics ( over 40 books and 200 magazine articles ). 


Some of his books were as follows : Pictorial History of the Luftwaffe 1933 - 1945 ( 1969 ), Battle of Britain 18th August 1940 : The Hardest Day ( 1979 ), The Last Year of the Luftwaffe, May 1944 to May 1945 ( 1993 ) and Targeting the Reich : Allied Photographic Reconnaissance Over Europe, 1939 - 1945 ( 2003 ). 


Alfred Price was named a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. 


( sources : Wikipedia, ospreypublishing.com )

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