Recommended reading on the Luftwaffe

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Re: Recommended reading on the Luftwaffe

Postby Benoit Douville » 04 Aug 2008 23:16

The amazing series Black Cross & Red Star:

http://www.bergstrombooks.elknet.pl/bc-rs/

Volume 4 is comming soon!

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Re: Recommended reading on the Luftwaffe

Postby Bergveen » 10 Oct 2008 14:52

There are many Luftwaffe books published by SCHIFFER (USA). Many books on the individual Jagdgeschwader, the whole air war aso.

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Re: Recommended reading on the Luftwaffe

Postby Mauser K98k » 28 Jan 2009 18:31

A good book if you can find it is Luftwaffe Air Diaries by Cajus Bekker. It was first published in 1964 in the German language under the title Angriffshöhe 4000 and translated into English in 1966 and published by MacDonald & Company Ltd.

The book is an overview of the history of the Luftwaffe from the invasion of Poland on, and covers all major operations on all fronts. It is a blend of objective historical fact, personal accounts, eyewitness reports and borrows from several well-known German and Allied publications such as Galland's The First And The Last, Priller's History Of A Fighter Wing, the USAAF's The Army Air Forces In WWII and Richard and Sanders' Royal Air Force 1939-1945. It has many photos, and also has a respectable 19 appendices containing much good information such as orders of battle, tables of losses, aircraft production tables and so forth. This book will probably hold nothing new for many members of this forum, but it is a great read for those who are new to Luftwaffe History.

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Re: Recommended reading on the Luftwaffe

Postby Sven-Eric » 18 Jul 2009 19:02

I am looking for books, in any language, with detailed information about the aircraft that was used by the Luftwaffe the first half of the 1930s, up to 1935. I am interested in technical specifications of all the bomber aircrafts that was in operation during this time. Hope someone has info about this.

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Re: Recommended reading on the Luftwaffe

Postby Larry D. » 18 Jul 2009 22:59

Sven-Eric wrote:I am looking for books, in any language, with detailed information about the aircraft that was used by the Luftwaffe the first half of the 1930s, up to 1935. I am interested in technical specifications of all the bomber aircrafts that was in operation during this time. Hope someone has info about this.
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The Luftwaffe did not exist prior to 1935:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luftwaffe

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Re: Recommended reading on the Luftwaffe

Postby Sven-Eric » 19 Jul 2009 00:44

Larry D. wrote:
The Luftwaffe did not exist prior to 1935:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luftwaffe


I stand corrected. So my question concerns the period February - December 1935.

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Re: Recommended reading on the Luftwaffe

Postby Larry D. » 19 Jul 2009 13:54

There were perhaps 15 or 16 different types in service during the first 10 months of the Luftwaffe’s existence. These two works cover them in detail:

Green, William, The Warplanes of the Third Reich (Garden City (NY), 1972).
Smith, J.R. and Antony L. Kay, German Aircraft Of The Second World War (London, 1972).

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Re: Recommended reading on the Luftwaffe

Postby Sven-Eric » 19 Jul 2009 19:41

Many thanks for this, Larry. I also heard about a book by Gunston and Wood named "Hitler's Luftwaffe". Heard of it? Is it any good?

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Postby Larry D. » 19 Jul 2009 23:48

Sven-Eric wrote:Many thanks for this, Larry. I also heard about a book by Gunston and Wood named "Hitler's Luftwaffe". Heard of it? Is it any good?
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Yes, it's a good effort but it's not as detailed as the two I mentioned earlier. The Green and Smith/Kay books are still considered the standard references.

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Re: Recommended reading on the Luftwaffe

Postby FANGIO » 08 Oct 2009 17:46

I want a buy a book containing portraits (photos) of Luftwaffe Knight's Cross holders (fighter aces and their stories).
I just saw this book: Fighter Aces of the Luftwaffe (Ray Toliver Trevor J. Constable).

On Schiffer's web site it says it contains more than 600 photographs. But it also says it has "accurate pen portraits", I really don´t want "pen portraits".

Could anybody give me an advice if this book is worth buying considering that what I want the most is to have photographs of the fighter aces? I will really appreciate any help.
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Re: Recommended reading on the Luftwaffe

Postby kamehouse » 08 Oct 2009 20:51

I thoroughly enjoyed "The Luftwaffe over Germany,defense of the Reich" by Caldwell and Muller.Excellent book centered on the day fighters units defending the Reich.
Barbarossa-the air battle:July-December 1941 by Christer Bergström is also very good.I still have to read the next 3 volumes about "Stalingrad","Kursk" and "Bagration to Berlin" though.

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Re: Recommended reading on the Luftwaffe

Postby penn » 11 Dec 2009 06:06

The Last Year of the Luftwaffe by Alfred Price is a good piece of reference material dealing with the insurmountable problems facing the Luftwaffe from May 1944 to May 1945.

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Re: Recommended reading on the Luftwaffe

Postby Zerstörer110 » 05 Mar 2011 02:50

FANGIO wrote:I want a buy a book containing portraits (photos) of Luftwaffe Knight's Cross holders (fighter aces and their stories).
I just saw this book: Fighter Aces of the Luftwaffe (Ray Toliver Trevor J. Constable).

On Schiffer's web site it says it contains more than 600 photographs. But it also says it has "accurate pen portraits", I really don´t want "pen portraits".

Could anybody give me an advice if this book is worth buying considering that what I want the most is to have photographs of the fighter aces? I will really appreciate any help.
Best,

FANGIO


If anyone is still interested, Fighter Aces of the Luftwaffe is an excellent book. I picked up a new copy some years ago at a USAF base exchange, and it was this book that got me interested in the Luftwaffe and later the German military in general. And there are many more photos than "accurate pen portraits" of fighter aces in the book. I highly recommend it.

Here is a link to the book on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Fighter-Aces-Luftwaffe-Schiffer-Military/dp/0887409091/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1299289321&sr=1-1

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Re: Recommended reading on the Luftwaffe

Postby gummihar » 01 Apr 2011 01:19

Hi there
I own books about Jagdgeschwader 300 vol one and two that are big and heavy and not recommended bead reading material hehe but have a wealth of information about the daily life of German fighter pilots from 1943 to the bitter end.
they have excellent pictures on almost every page and many first hand short combat story's.(I love that)
They are written by Jean-Yves Lorant & Richard Goyat and published by Eagle Editions Ltd.
Twenty six color profiles and paintings by Thomas A. Tullis and Richard Goyat are featured in Volume 1 (Hardcover, 400 pages)
and with thirty color profiles in Volume 2 (Hardcover 376 pages).
These are awesome books and a must for enthusiastic Luftwaffe fans

Here is link to the book on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/300-Wilde-Sau-Vol ... pd_sim_b_2
http://www.amazon.com/Jagdgeschwader-Wi ... pd_sim_b_1

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Re: Recommended reading on the Luftwaffe

Postby von thoma » 23 Apr 2011 09:15

1st Cover of "Fighter Aces of the Luftwaffe".Toliver & Constable.Aero Publishers 1977.
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