Eagles of the Third Reich: Men of the Luftwaffe in WWII (Stackpole Military History Series)

BOOK: Eagles of the Third Reich: Men of the Luftwaffe in WWII (Stackpole Military History Series)
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EAGLES OF THE
THIRD REICH

 

 

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EAGLES OF THE
THIRD REICH

Men of the Luftwaffe in World War II

Samuel W. Mitcham, Jr.

STACKPOLE
BOOKS

This book is dedicated to my lovely wife, Donna P. Mitcham

Copyright © 1988 by Samuel W. Mitcham

Published in paperback in 2007 by
STACKPOLE BOOKS
5067 Ritter Road
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
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All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book or portions thereof in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher. All inquiries should be addressed to Stackpole Books, 5067 Ritter Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Cover design by Tracy Patterson

Printed in the United States of America

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Mitcham, Samuel W.

[Men of the Luftwaffe]

Eagles of the Third Reich: men of the Luftwaffe in World War II / Samuel W. Mitcham, Jr.

      p. cm.—(Stackpole military history series)

Originally published under the title: Men of the Luftwaffe. 1988.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

ISBN-13: 978-0-8117-3405-9

ISBN-10: 0-8117-3405-6

1. Germany. Luftwaffe—History—World War, 1939–1945. 2. World War, 1939–1945—Aerial operations, German. I. Title.

D787.M56 2007
940.54'4943—dc22

2007003011

eISBN: 9780811744515

Table of Contents

 

 

 

 

Introduction
  vi
Acknowledgments
 vii
Chapter 1.
The Secret Air Force
    1
Chapter 2.
Command Fragmentation
  14
Chapter 3.
Spain: The First Battle
  31
Chapter 4.
The Buildup and the Outbreak of the War
  51
Chapter 5.
Blitzkrieg
  80
Chapter 6.
The Air War Against Britain, 1939-42
  95
Chapter 7.
The Balkans Campaign
114
Chapter 8.
Russia, 1941: The Last Blitzkrieg
127
Chapter 9.
The Fall of Ernst Udet
149
Chapter 10.
The Russian Front, 1942-43
173
Chapter 11.
The Bombings Begin, 1942
200
Chapter 12.
The Tide Turns, 1943
207
Chapter 13.
Defeat on All Fronts
236
Chapter 14.
Rittervon Greim: The Last Field Marshal
266
Appendix 1:
Table of Equivalent Ranks
279
Appendix 2:
Chain of Command of Luftwaffe Aviation Units
281
Appendix 3:
Strength of Luftwaffe Units
282
Appendix 4:
Glossary of Luftwaffe Terms
283
Appendix 5:
Other Leading Luftwaffe Personalities
286
Appendix 6:
The Principal German Aircraft, 1935-45
293
Notes
301
Bibliography
325
Index
335

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