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Deutsche Kampfflugzeuge im Zweiten Weltkrieg

Der Zweite Weltkrieg war eine absolute Hochzeit der Militärentwicklung. Zu Anfang des Krieges flogen in vielen Streitkräften noch Doppeldecker am Ende standen einsatzbereite Strahlflugzeuge zur Verfügung. Und dieser enorme Technologiesprung vollzog sich in nur etwas mehr als fünf Jahren.

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Der Historiker Alexander Lüdeke, erfolgreicher Autor im Bereich Militär- und Luftfahrtgeschichte, legt hier einen ansprechend bebilderten und hervorragend recherchierten Band zu sämtlichen deutschen Kampfflugzeugen von 1935-1945 samt Tabellen und Dreiseitenrissen vor, von Dornier über Focke-Wulf bis hin zu Messerschmitt.

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Author:Alexander Lüdeke
Specs:224 pages, 26.5 x 23 cm / 10.4 x 9.1 in, hardback
Illustrations:250 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Motorbuch Verlag (D, 2019)
Series:Flugzeugtypen
EAN:9783613040953
Book: Deutsche Kampfflugzeuge im Zweiten Weltkrieg

Deutsche Kampfflugzeuge im Zweiten Weltkrieg

Language: German

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Deutsche Militärflugzeuge bis 1945 (Typenkompass)

Ce livre de référence présente chronologiquement les avions militaires utilisés par la Luftwaffe jusqu'à 1945. Constructeurs: Arado, Bachem, Blohm & Voss, DFS, Dornier, Fieseler, Flettner, Focke-Achgelis, Focke-Wulf, Gotha, Heinkel, Henschel, Junkers, Kalkert, Messerschmitt, Siebel et Tank.

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Chaque des 90 types est présenté à l'aide d'une photo, d'une description technique et d'une fiche technique.

Author:Manfred Griehl
Specs:128 pages, 20.5 x 14 cm / 8.1 x 5.5 in, paperback
Illustrations:116 b&w and 21 colour photographs
Publisher:Motorbuch Verlag (D, 2008)
Series:Typenkompass
EAN:9783613028500
Book: Deutsche Militärflugzeuge bis 1945 (Typenkompass)

Deutsche Militärflugzeuge bis 1945

Language: German

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Aircraft of the Luftwaffe 1935-1945 - An Illustrated Guide

One of the most significant innovations in modern warfare has been the appearance and development of air power, a technology which demanded technical and financial investment on a whole new scale and which ultimately changed the fundamental nature of war itself.

This book covers the history and development of the German air force from 1935 to 1945, with descriptions and illustrations of almost all of the Luftwaffe's airplanes, including fighters, jet fighters, dive-bombers, ground attackers, medium and heavy bombers, jet bombers, seaplanes, flying boats and carrier planes, transport and gliders, reconnaissance and training aircrafts, helicopters, and many futuristic projects and other rarities.

Author:Jean-Denis Lepage
Specs:402 pages, 25.5 x 18 x 2.3 cm / 10 x 7.1 x 0.91 in, paperback
Illustrations:583 photographs and drawings
Publisher:McFarland & Co Inc (USA, 2009)
EAN:9780786439379
Book: Aircraft of the Luftwaffe 1935-1945 - An Illustrated Guide

Aircraft of the Luftwaffe 1935-1945 - An Illustrated Guide

Language: English

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Wings of the Luftwaffe - Flying the Captured German Aircraft of World War II

During more than two decades of uninterrupted flying Eric 'Winkle' Brown enjoyed the most extraordinary career of any test pilot and no pilot has a logbook with list a greater variety of aircraft types flown.
The first naval officer to head the élite Aerodynamics Flight at the world renowned Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, `Winkle` Brown fulfilled his childhood ambition to fly German aircraft. Indeed, he was to fly no fewer than fifty-five individual German aircraft types, ranging from such exotic creations as the push-and-pull Dornier Do 335 and the remarkable little Heinkel He 162 Volksjager to the highly innovative combat types that were entering the inventory of the Luftwaffe shortly before the demise of Germany's Third Reich.
'Winkle' Brown also interrogated many of the leading German wartime aviation personalities, such as Willy Messerschmitt, Ernst Heinkel, Kurt Tank and Hanna Reitsch.

From his unique knowledge of German aviation, 'Winkle' Brown has selected the most important and most promising aircraft employed by the Luftwaffe and those evolved for that air arm in Germany during World War II - the true wings of the Luftwaffe.
He describes their background and characteristics, and together with over 200 photographs, colour profiles and sectional drawings provides an in-depth assessment of the contribution made to the annals of military aviation in the late 1930s and early 1940s by an aircraft industry that proved itself truly second to none in ingenuity.

Author:Captain Eric Brown
Specs:288 pages, 30.5 x 21.5 x 2.5 cm / 12 x 8.5 x 0.98 in, hardback
Illustrations:over 200 b&w photographs, 35 illustrations in colour
Publisher:Hikoki Publications (GB, 2010)
Series:Hikoki
EAN:9781902109152
Book: Wings of the Luftwaffe - Flying the Captured German Aircraft of World War II

Wings of the Luftwaffe - Flying the Captured German Aircraft of World War II

Language: English

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War Prizes - Captured German, Italian and Japanese Aircraft of WWII

This book is a meticulously researched review of the many German, Italian and Japanese aircraft taken to Allied countries or flown by the Allies during or after the Second World War. The hsitory of these captured aircraft has been extensively researched and the book is copiously illustrated by an unrivalled selection of around 500 photographs, gleaned from around the world.

The book's chapters are devoted to chronological themes describing the individual histories of each aircraft and the units which flew them in the USA or France or in specific theatres of war, with a final chapter covering the use made of aircraft in other countries.
Coverage includes civilian aircraft and sailplanes as well as military types; post-war production of German designs and details of surviving aircraft in museums. Appendices and indexes cover designation and marking systems, information sources and other useful background.

The UK chapters include coverage of RAF Farnborough, 1426 (EA) Flight, individual squadrons, experimental organisations and manufacturers, the ATAIU in Malaya and the little-known Gremlin Task Force.
US chapters deal with evaluation at Wright Field, Freeman Field and in Europe by Watson's Whizzers, by the US Navy TAIC at Anacostia, ATAIUs in Australia and the Phillippines and many individual units.
The book also includes the most complete record published of British 'Air Min' and USAAF 'FE' and 'T2' aircraft numbering systems.

This new edition of an acclaimed title first published nearly thirty years ago has been fully revised and updated. The opportunity has been taken to use modern technology to improve the quality of the images and many new photos uncovered since the original publication have been included.

Author:Phil Butler
Specs:352 pages, 28 x 21.5 x 3.2 cm / 11 x 8.5 x 1.26 in, hardback
Illustrations:500+ b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Crecy Publishing (GB, 2022)
EAN:9781800352629
Book: War Prizes - Captured German, Italian and Japanese Aircraft of WWII

War Prizes - Captured German, Italian and Japanese Aircraft of WWII

Language: English

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Secret Wings of WW II - Nazi Technology and the Allied Arms Race

There are many myths and legends surrounding the advanced German aeronautical technology of the Second World War. There are also facts and proven events.
Yet within these stories and behind these facts lie conspiracy theories, mistaken assumptions and denials that seem to contradict the evidence. So what really happened? How far ahead were the German scientists? And, of even greater interest, why and how?

There have been other books about advanced German wartime aeronautics, yet few authors have fully examined the detail of the designs and their relevance to the fighter and bomber legends of the 1950s and '60s, let alone the current crop of military and civil all-wing or blended-wing aircraft.
This book charts the story from it origins, through current-day innovations and beyond, into the all-wing future of tomorrow.

Author:Lance Cole
Specs:224 pages, 24.5 x 16.5 x 3 cm / 9.7 x 6.5 x 1.18 in, hardback
Illustrations:25 b&w photographs
Publisher:Pen & Sword Books Ltd (GB, 2015)
EAN:9781473823440
Book: Secret Wings of WW II - Nazi Technology and the Allied Arms Race

Secret Wings of WW II - Nazi Technology and the Allied Arms Race

Language: English

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Berühmte Flugzeuge der Luftwaffe 1939-1945 - Berichte eines Testpiloten

Dieses Buch ist wahrlich eine Besonderheit: Es stammt aus der Feder des damaligen Chefeinfliegers der Royal Navy, Eric Brown, der kurz nach Kriegsende 55 verschiedene deutsche Beuteflugzeuge flog und bewertete.
Durch seine Kontakte zu deutschen Konstrukteuren kam Brown an umfangreiches Hintergrundmaterial. Es entstand dieses Buch, in dem die Entwicklung, die Eigenschaften und die Technik der berühmtesten deutschen Flugzeuge niedergeschrieben sind.

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Die lebendigen Schilderungen, Fotos und aussagekräftigen Schnittzeichnungen machen das Buch zu einem Muss für jeden, der sich mit deutschen Flugzeugen des Zweiten Weltkrieges beschäftigt.

Pages of the book Beruhmte Flugzeuge der Luftwaffe 1939-1945 (2)

Author:Eric Brown
Specs:258 pages, 24 x 21 cm / 9 x 8.25 in, hardback
Illustrations:238 b&w photographs, 32 drawings
Publisher:Motorbuch Verlag (D, 2011)
EAN:9783613039414
Book: Berühmte Flugzeuge der Luftwaffe 1939-1945 - Berichte eines Testpiloten

Berühmte Flugzeuge der Luftwaffe 1939-1945 - Berichte eines Testpiloten

Language: German

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German Helicopters 1928-1945

An overview of the helicopters developed in Germany between 1928 and 1945. Among the makers of these unusual aircraft were Focke-Wulf, Flettner and Wiener-Naustädter.

Author:Heinz J. Nowarra
Specs:48 pages, 15.5 x 28 x 0.3 cm / 6.1 x 11 x 0.12 in, paperback
Illustrations:b&w photographs, drawings
Publisher:Schiffer Publishing Ltd (USA, 2004)
EAN:9780887402890
Book: German Helicopters 1928-1945

German Helicopters 1928-1945

Language: English

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Flettner FL 282 (Luftwaffe Profile Series)

Describes the design and use of the German Flettner Fl 282 helicopter.

Specs:32 pages, 28 x 21.5 x 0.2 cm / 11 x 8.5 x 0.08 in, paperback
Illustrations:Geïllustreerd with b&w photographs
Publisher:Schiffer Publishing Ltd (USA, 2004)
Series:Luftwaffe Profile Series (6)
EAN:9780887409219
Book: Flettner FL 282 (Luftwaffe Profile Series)

Flettner FL 282

Language: English

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German Gliders in World War II - Luftwaffe Gliders and Their Powered Variants

Gliders formed a special category of aircraft within the Luftwaffe. While other aircraft types were used for many years, as a rule gliders were conceived for short service lives, in some cases just a single mission.
The purpose of the glider, most of which were built using the simplest materials, was to deposit soldiers and materiel behind enemy lines undetected.

In this book the various types used by the Luftwaffe in World War II, and their development are described in detail - from military gliders for a few soldiers to large-capacity gliders capable of transporting tanks. Covered are the following types:
- DFS 230
- Gotha Go 242, Go 244 and Go 345 / Ka 430
- Messerschmitt Me 321 and Me 323
- Junkers Ju 322.

Author:Wolfgang Mankau, Peter Petrick
Specs:304 pages, 28.5 x 22.5 x 3.1 cm / 11.2 x 8.9 x 1.22 in, hardback
Illustrations:over 450 bw photographs
Publisher:Schiffer Publishing Ltd (USA, 2010)
EAN:9780764335198
Book: German Gliders in World War II - Luftwaffe Gliders and Their Powered Variants

German Gliders in World War II - Luftwaffe Gliders and Their Powered Variants

Language: English

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German Gliders in WWII

This rarely presented topic is shown in its uses as personnel, assault and equipment transport. "German Gliders in WWII" presents following gliders:
- DFS 230 and DFS 331
- Gotha Go 242 and Go 345
- Mimetall Ka 430
- Messerschmitt Me 321
- Junkers Ju 322.

Author:Heinz J. Nowarra
Specs:48 pages, 18 x 27.5 x 0.3 cm / 7.1 x 10.8 x 0.12 in, paperback
Illustrations:b&w photographs, drawings
Publisher:Schiffer Publishing Ltd (USA, 2004)
EAN:9780887403583
Book: German Gliders in WWII

German Gliders in WWII

Language: English

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Foreign Planes in the Service of the Luftwaffe

No airforce in the Second World War would make more use of captured planes than the Luftwaffe. With this in mind, Jean-Louis Roba has undergone a considerable amount of work in tracking down hundreds of aircraft used by the Luftwaffe and illustrating their uses, careers and eventual fates.

The book examines the full history of foreign planes in the Luftwaffe, from its inception in the prewar years to the end of the Second World War. More than just an account of the Luftwaffe's use of captured aircraft, the book debunks myths about how prepared the Germans were for war in 1939, and shows how important even such an unreliable source of supplies as captured planes would become to the Luftwaffe.

Translated into English for the first time, Roba's investigative work is supported by over a hundred pictures of the planes themselves, and gives a rare opportunity to see British and American planes repainted in German colours and symbols.

Author:Jean Louis Roba
Specs:224 pages, 24.5 x 16.5 x 2.1 cm / 9.7 x 6.5 x 0.83 in, hardback
Illustrations:100+ b&w photographs
Publisher:Pen & Sword Books Ltd (GB, 2009)
EAN:9781848840812
Book: Foreign Planes in the Service of the Luftwaffe

Foreign Planes in the Service of the Luftwaffe

Language: English

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Axis Aircraft in Latin America

Following World War I, Germany and Italy began to develop their aviation industry and seek new opportunities to expand their global presence. At the same time, Latin America was a region with an under developed transport system and difficult terrain, while their air power was virtually none existent.

Helped by German and Italian immigrants, the aviation industry of Latin America soon found a fertile terrain to sell their products, developing the first airlines in the region together with an increasing local military aviation interest.
Commercial aviation, including Scadta, the world's second airline, was greatly influenced by the German aviation industry with a legacy stretching over 40 years, while the military focused on Italian aircraft.
These warplanes featured heavily during the Chaco War between Paraguay and Bolivia along with the 1941 war between Peru and Ecuador. Ironically, both German and Italian types were employed against their makers during World War II in patrolling the seas in search for German and Italian submarines.

Famous types including the Junkers F13, W34, K43, Ju52/3m, Ju86, Fiat CR.20, CR.32, BR.20, G-46, G-55, Dornier Wal, Focke Wulf Fw58 Weihe, Fw200 Condor and the only Japanese type, the Mitsubishi Betty are all featured.
Interestingly, several of these examples still survive today, including the world's last Dornier Wal and the Weihe.
Also includes the story of the German and Italian technicians and pilots that went to work to Argentina and Brazil after the war and developed many projects, some of them started in their countries before the end of the war.

Author:Santiago Rivas, Amaru Tincopa
Specs:400 pages, 30.5 x 22.5 x 3.3 cm / 12 x 8.9 x 1.3 in, hardback
Illustrations:350 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Hikoki Publications (GB, 2016)
EAN:9781902109497
Book: Axis Aircraft in Latin America

Axis Aircraft in Latin America

Language: English

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Luftwaffe Codes, Markings and Units 1939-1945

This volume is a handy reference to Luftwaffe units and their coding systems used in World War II.

Author:Barry C. Rosch
Specs:448 pages, 28.5 x 22.5 x 3.8 cm / 11.2 x 8.9 x 1.5 in, hardback
Illustrations:1000+ photographs and drawings
Publisher:Schiffer Publishing Ltd (USA, 1995)
EAN:9780887407963
Book: Luftwaffe Codes, Markings and Units 1939-1945

Luftwaffe Codes, Markings and Units 1939-1945

Language: English

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