By Peter Jacobs
The air battles of the second one international struggle have been fought ferociously and with striking ability and braveness on either fronts. The fighter pilots of the Luftwaffe, the jagdflieger, in truth outscored their Allied opposite numbers by means of a few margin and have been many of the maximum scoring fighter pilots of all time. greater than 100 recorded a century of aerial successes with occurring to surpass a rather incredible three hundred victories. In the top, the immense attempt required via the Luftwaffe to take care of the air struggle on such a lot of fronts proved an excessive amount of and few jagdflieger survived the final days of the Reich yet their braveness and talent used to be past query, and the names of a few will live to tell the tale within the annals of air struggle with their outstanding achievements by no means to be passed. In 'Luftwaffe Fighter Aces', Peter Jacobs examines the various campaigns fought via the Luftwaffe from its fledgling days through the Spanish Civil struggle to its final days protecting the Reich, and contains the...
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More so than Göring, Milch deserves the credit for the initial formation of the Luftwaffe, although he never held any great respect for Göring. Milch set about his task by dividing the Reich Aviation Ministry, the Reichsluftfahrtministerium (RLM), into a number of offices. 1 The Luftwaffe officially came into existence on 1 March 1935 with some 20,000 personnel and nearly 2,000 aircraft. It was never going to be possible to keep the build-up of an air force secret and so the following week Hitler announced its existence to the world and a week later he renounced the military clauses of the Treaty of Versailles.
While I have written many books and articles about the RAF during the Second World War, this gave me an exciting opportunity to take another look at many of those same air campaigns but this time from the opposite end of the telescope and to look at them from the Luftwaffe’s perspective. How fascinating it proved to be. The subject is hardly new to military historians as it has been covered in various formats many times before but I was keen to set each air battle into context so that the reader understands why the Luftwaffe was involved in a specific campaign and why a particular individual was fighting in combat at that time.
JG 26; Leutnant Theo Lindemann; Hauptmann Joachim Müncheberg; Oberleutnant Wilhelm-Ferdinand ‘Wutz’ Galland; Oberleutnant Kurt Ebersberger. /JG 27; Oberleutnant Erich Rudorfferand Oberstleutnant Walter Oesau. /SKG 10. /JG 54; Hauptmann Heinrich Krafft and Hauptmann Wilhelm Hachfeld. Plate 10: Major Gordon Gollob; Lake Ivan in the winter of 1942–3, with a detachment of FW 190A-3s. /JG 54. Plate 12: Messerschmitt Bf 110s; Major Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer, the highest-scoring night-fighter ace. Plate 13: Adolf Glunz, Friedrich Lang, Erich Hartmann, Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer, Horst Kaubisch and Eduard Skripek decorated by Hitler; Bf 109 of JG 5 at Petsamo in Finland.
Aces of the Luftwaffe. The Jagdflieger in the Second World War by Peter Jacobs