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THE RISE AND FALL of the GERMAN AIR FORCE, 1933 - 1945

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432 pages - 2001 - Used, very good condition
This publication reproduces The Rise and Fall of the German Air Force ( 1933 to 1945 ), first issued in 1948 by the Air Ministry.

Characteristics

Book cover finish Canvas finish, Bradel, Hardcover ( square back binding )
Special features Numbered copy ( AIR MINISTRY PAMPHLET No. 248 ), Reprint ( First issued in 1948 by the Air Ministry ), Slightly damaged dust jacket
Condition Used, very good condition
Number of pages 432
Published date 2001
Language English
Collection / Series PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE WAR HISTORIES
Size 17 x 24.09 x 3 cm
Author Air Ministry
Editor Public Record Office

Description

The Rise and Fall of the German Air Force, 1933 - 1945 brings you an official illustrated history of the Luftwaffe during Hitler's Third Reich, written by the men and women who conducted the intelligence attack against the German Air Force during the war years. Their accounts are based on reliable contemporary German documents that were either captured during the war or subsequently recovered from the Luftwaffe's archive.

 

( ... ) The volume discusses how Hitler's obstinacy and Göring's incompetence, together with the German Supreme Command's inability to recognise the necessity for air supremacy, contributed to the Luftwaffe's ultimate failure. 

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On April 13th, 1912, less than two weeks after the creation of the Royal Flying Corps ( R.F.C., which initially consisted of both a naval and a military wing ), an Air Committee was established to act as an intermediary between the Admiralty and the War Office in matters relating to aviation. The new Air Committee was composed of representatives of the two war ministries, and although it could make recommendations, it lacked executive authority. The recommendations of the Air Committee had to be ratified by the Admiralty Board and the Imperial General Staff and, in consequence, the Committee was not particularly effective. 


By 1916, the lack of co - ordination of the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service ( R.N.A.S. ) had led to serious problems, not only in the procurement of aircraft engines, but also in the air defence of Great Britain. The War Committee meeting on February 15th, 1916, decided immediately to establish a standing joint naval and military committee to co - ordinate both the design and the supply of materiel for the two air services. This was titled the Joint War Air Committee, and its chairman was Lord Derby ( 1865 - 1948 ). It was also at this meeting that Lord Curzon ( 1859 - 1925 ) proposed the creation of an Air Ministry. 


As with the pre - war Air Committee, it lacked any executive powers and therefore was not effective. The first Air Board came into being on May 15th, 1916, with Lord Curzon as its chairman ( replaced by Lord Cowdray, 1856 - 1927, in January 1917 ). The Air Ministry was formed on January 2nd, 1918. In 1919, a negotiation between the Royal Air Force ( R.A.F. ) / Air Ministry and the Royal Navy led to the creation of R.A.F. Coastal Area, the predecessor of R.A.F. Coastal Command. The same year, the Air Ministry formally took control of supply, design and inspection of all aircraft from the Ministry of Munitions. This helped put its existence on a firmer footing. 


During the following years, the R.A.F. became a separate entity, Imperial Airways was created, the R.A.F. College ( Cranwell ) was established and the base for the Chain Home network of radars to defend Great Britain was created as well. By April 1944, the ministry's Air Intelligence Branch had succeeded in its intelligence efforts ( the " Beams ", the Bruneval Raid, radar, " Window ", the " Heavy Water ", etc... ). 


In 1964, the Air Ministry merged with the Admiralty and the War Office to form the Ministry of Defence


( source :  Wikipedia )

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