The history of Luftwaffe units in France, from 1939 to 1945. Volume 1: from the Funny War to the invasion of the free zone.
Attention: last parts available!
Availability date: 09/30/2020
|Date of publication||September 2020|
|Format||215 x 305 mm|
|Shaping||Hardcover, cardboard cover|
|Diverse||600 photos, most of them unpublished – 7 color profiles|
|Editor||Arès - Toul|
In 1939, when it was barely five years old, the German military aviation, the Luftwaffe, was launched into what would become World War II. Benefiting from a motivated and competent staff, a solid command and good aircraft, this still young weapon was nevertheless able to perform well during the first two years of the war. Forced to settle largely in France in July 1940 against England, after the refusal of the British government to conclude a separate peace, it fought both day and night over Great Britain before suffering a serious drain in manpower shortly before the invasion of the USSR in June 1941. Now reduced to the congruous portion in France, the Luftwaffe would however, with the help of some "shock" units, continue to hold the dragee high at the RAF, both during the "Non Stop Offensive" of late 1941 and during the Attempted Canadian landing of Dieppe in August 1942.
In November 1942, the Allied landing in North Africa would force the Wehrmacht to occupy the free zone while ensuring the air defense of the South of France. It was at this time that the lack of units and men was clearly felt, and from that date the command of the Luftwaffe based in France had to juggle with the meagre units at its disposal.
The Luftwaffe was not limited to air detachments alone. In France were also present units of DCA (Flak), paratroopers (Fallschirmjäger), airfield personnel (Fliegerhorst), signals (Nachrichten), etc.
It is their story that is told in this book illustrated with nearly 600 photos, most of them unpublished.