By Cajus BECKER

This can be either the single and definitive account of the increase and fall of a vital arm of the German army computing device from the 1st blitzkreig on Poland in the course of the conflict of england to the ultimate determined stand over Germany. Bekker has drawn on professional German records and collections, wrestle journals and private papers of best officials and lots more and plenty different fabric unavailable outdoor Germany. the result's an astonishingly bright account of a conflict of wits and expertise that inexorably tilted keep an eye on of the skies clear of the 3rd Reich. by the point the 1st jet combatants - the ME 262 - have been designed neither the pilots to guy them, nor the to lead them to, nor the oil fields to gas them have been to be had. The bombers and warring parties of the Allies commanded the skies of the Reich. this is often the tale from the German aspect of ways the main strong air strength in Europe was once decreased to impotence in six years. It throws a lot new mild at the moment international warfare. the teachings and techniques of the warfare within the air stay to at the present time an issue of big controversy.

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In this field everything is new and undeveloped. " So it was that Luftwaffe tactics became the dominant theme at Bad Salzbrunn for the ensuing study groups, command discussions and map exercises. They were given their last polishing-up before the war that loomed ahead. " multiplied into a host of minor problems. What, for instance, should be the timing of a joint attack by a bomber and a dive-bomber group on target number 1,076 Warsaw-Okecie airfield? Clearly, owing to in air — THE LUFTWAFFE DIARIES 10 their different modes of taneously.

But for the close support of the Army on September 1st Richthofen could muster only this single Gruppe of Henschels, and two of his four Stuka Gruppen. What had happened to the other two? Angrily the general read again yesterday's order which, on the eve of the opening attack, deprived him of half his already inadequate dive-bomber force. With other bomber units of the 2nd Air Division they were to be launched against Cracow and other airfields behind the enemy lines. It seemed to him a great mistake.

In the 10th Army's whole area only one assault detachment failed to get the news. This lay in front Of the 46th Infantry Division's sector, opposite the Polish emplacements at Lublinitz. 30 moment its the it crept forward into hostile territory, and men opened fire on the Poles. At any German battalions should sweep forward from thirty the frontier and envelop the foe in a pincers on the frontier all remained quiet. movement. But The detachment was shot to pieces. There was one other Group South, General List case.

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