This book, first published in 1985, is an in-depth analysis of the Luftwaffe in the Second World War, using previously untapped German archives and newly-released ‘Ultra’ intelligence records. It looks at the Luftwaffe within the context of the overall political decision-making process within the Third Reich. It is especially valuable for its careful study of industrial production and pilot losses in the conduct of operations.
Table of Contents
1. Origins and Preparation 2. The Easy War 3. The Turn to Russia 4. On the Brink 5. Attrition on the Periphery: November 1942–August 1943 6. Attrition Over the Reich: September 1943–March 1944 7. Defeat: April–September 1944 8. Conclusion