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Aircraft of the Luftwaffe 1935-1945, Jean-Denis G.G. Lepage

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Aircraft of the Luftwaffe 1935-1945, Jean-Denis G.G. Lepage

Aircraft of the Luftwaffe 1935-1945, Jean-Denis G.G. Lepage

This book takes a rather unusual approach to its subject. The majority of aircraft reference books of this type dive fairly quickly into the aircraft articles, and tend to organise them by manufacturer and then by date (or by RLM number for German aircraft), after a fairly brief introduction. Here we start with a large and very comprehensive introduction, covering the history of the Luftwaffe, key personnel, aircraft companies, uniforms, the basics of flight, weapons, awards and all sorts of other topics.

Once we do reach the aircraft they are organised by type of aircraft (bombers, fighters etc), and within that largely chronologically. This has some advantages, in that we can follow the story of aircraft development, but does mean that you need to use the index to find specific aircraft. Each chapter begins with the aircraft in service in 1935, then moves through the standard types of the Second World War, before moving onto the vast array of projects of varying degrees of credibility.

Lepage is better than most at making it clear just how much effort was wasted by German aircraft designers. Advanced paper designs didn’t mean the advanced science was available to turn them into reality, and very few of these later designs even reached the prototype stage. In addition several otherwise very able designers were distracted by personal obsessions, most notably asymmetrical aircraft and flying wings. In both cases a huge amount of effort produced little or nothing of practical use.

One other distinctive feature of the book is the consistent use of the author’s own line drawings. Most of them work well, although there are one or two where the aircraft looks slightly odd, but it does mean that you have a consistent style.

Overall this is a very useful single volume reference work that covers the full range of German military aircraft and aircraft designs of the Second World War, from the world class aircraft that started the war to the fantastical designs towards its end.

Chapters
1 - Historical Background
2 - Basic Technical Data
3 - Regalia and Uniforms
4 - Bombers
5 - Fighters
6 - Jet Fighters
7 - Seaplanes
8 - Transport Aircraft
9 - Miscellaneous Aircraft

Author: Jean-Denis G.G. Lepage
Edition: Paperback
Pages: 407
Publisher: McFarland
Year: 2009



About the Book

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.


Aircraft of the Luftwaffe 1935-1945, Jean-Denis G.G. Lepage - History

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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 . Read More

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. Read Less


Use for blind bombing [ edit | edit source ]

In the Second World War the Lorenz beam principle was used by the German Luftwaffe as the basis of a number of blind bombing aids, notably Knickebein ('crooked leg') and the X-Gerät ('X-Apparatus'), in their bombing offensive against English cities during the winter of 1940/41. X-Gerät was very similar to LFF, modifying it only slightly to be more highly directional and work over much longer distance. Using the same frequencies allowed their bombers to use the already-installed LFF receivers, although a second receiver was needed in order to pinpoint a single location.

These systems involved cross-beams of the same characteristics but on a different frequency, which would both enable the pilot to calculate his speed (from the time between crossing the Fore Cross Signal and crossing the Main Cross Signal), and indicate when he should drop his payload. The calculation was performed by a mechanical computer. Lorenz modified this system to create the Viktoria/Hawaii lateral guidance system for the V-2 rocket.


Tapping Hitler s Generals

. applied against the Nazis . Liebenstein is a talented artist and spends a lot of
his time painting very creditable water - colours . 1935 transfer into Luftwaffe 9 .
6 . 1936 – 7 . 3 . . 1945 PoW Gmund ( US ) , Trent Park . Repatriated 1 . 3 .

Author: Sönke Neitzel

Publisher: Frontline Books

ISBN: STANFORD:36105131694569

Between 1942 and 1945 the British Intelligence Service undertook an extraordinary surveillance operation. In the sedate surroundings of Trent Park, a large mansion with extensive grounds in North London, they used state of the art bugging equipment to listen in on the private conversations of captured high-ranking German officers. Unlike the countless postwar interrogations, these were unstructured conversations held freely among the officers, during which they touched upon the most sensitive issues. The officers discuss the July Plot of 1944, the failed attempt to assassinate Hitler, collaboration with the enemy, and their experience of German war crimes. In this major new work Professor Neitzel has examined these incredible transcripts in depth for the first time. His findings address important questions regarding the officers' attitudes towards the German leadership and Nazi policies: How did the German generals judge the overall war situation? From what date did they consider it lost? How did they react to the attempt on Hitler's life in July 1944? What knowledge did they have of the atrocities, either through their own experiences or based on the reports of others? Includes biographies of all the German officers who appear in the transcripts. This research is a must for any serious scholar of the period and anyone interested in exploring the truth behind the image of an 'unblemished Wehrmacht'. - Jacket cover.


Heinkel’s attempt to gain the support of the Luftwaffe

During the following months, Hans Joachim tried to improve the HeS 3B jet engine, which would lead to the development of the HeS 6. This jet engine managed to achieve a thrust of 1,300 lb (590 kg), but due to the increase in weight, it did not increase the He 178’s overall flight performance.

As the He 178 was built as a private venture, Heinkel’s next step was to try obtaining state funding for further research from the RLM. For this reason, a flight presentation was held at Marienehe with many RLM high officials, like Generaloberst Ernst and General Erhard Milch. During the He 178 V1’s first attempt to take off, the pilot aborted the flight due to a problem with the fuel pumps. During his return to the starting point, a tire burst out. The pilot, Erich Warsitz, lied to the gathered RLM officials that this was the reason why he aborted the takeoff.
After a brief repair, Erich Warsitz managed to perform several high-speed circuits flights. During the presentation flight, Erich Warsitz estimated that he had reached a speed of 700 km/h (435 mph), which was incorrect, as later turned out… Interestingly, even at this stage, the He 178 was still not provided with the retractable landing gear. The RLM officials were not really impressed with the He 178’s performance, and for now, no official response came from them.

This was for a few reasons. The Luftwaffe had achieved great success during the war with Poland, which proved that the piston-powered engines were sufficient for the job. In addition, Hans Mauch, who was in charge of the RLM’s Technical Department, as opposed to the development of jet engines. He was against the development of jet engines by any ordinary aircraft manufacturer. Another problem was the He 178’s overall performance. During the test flights, the maximum speed achieved was only 595 km/h (370 mph). Hans Joachim calculated that the maximum possible speed with the HeS 6 was 700 km/h (435 mph). The speed was probably affected by the landing gear, which was still deployed and not retracted.

While the RLM did not show any interest in the He 178, Heinkel would continue experimenting with it. While the He 178 did perform many more flight tests, these were unfortunately not well documented. What is known is that, in 1941, the He 178 (with fully operational landing gear) managed to achieve a maximum speed of 700 km/h (435 mph) with the HeS 6 jet engine.


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World War Photos

Fw 189 Uhu code 6M+DH of the Aufklarungsgruppe 11 Focke-Wulf Fw 189 A-3 of the 1.(H)/32 V7+1J June 1943 6 Focke-Wulf Fw189 Uhu Lesquin airfield near Lille Fw 189 A of the 1.(H)/32 June 1943
Fw 189 Uhu of the Aufklarungsgruppe 13 Focke-Wulf Fw189 A-3 of the 1.(H)/32 V7+1J June 1943 2 Fw 189 Uhu coded VC+JC Focke-Wulf Fw 189 rear gunner’s position with MG 81Z
Focke-Wulf Fw 189 A coded 6M+GH of the 1.(H)/11 1942-43 Eastern Front Fw 189 with winter camo on the ground Fw189 Uhu with crew Focke-Wulf Fw189 A-1 Uhu coded KC+JL from FFS A/B 5
Fw189 A-3 of the 1.(H)/32 V7+1J , Finland June 1943 Focke-Wulf Fw189 cockpit Heavily armoured ground-attack Focke-Wulf Fw 189 V6 Fw 189 rear gunner’s position with MG 81Z 2
Rear view of a Focke-Wulf Fw 189 coded NC+FU. Uhu on the ground Focke-Wulf Fw189 Uhu winter 1942/1943 Focke-Wulf Fw 189 and Horch 901 Focke-Wulf Fw189 crashed
Fw189 Uhu from NJG 100, night fighter variant with FuG 212 Lichtenstein C-1 Focke-Wulf Fw 189 Uhu of the NAG 12 in flight 1942 Fw 189 A-3 of the 1.(H)/32 V7+1J June 1943 5 Fw 189 A-1 code KC+JL from FFS A/B 5 2
Captured Focke-Wulf Fw189, Soviet Union Focke-Wulf Fw189 W.Nr. 2084 Eastern Front Fw 189 Uhu on a grass landing ground – Eastern Front Focke-Wulf Fw 189 A-1 code KC+JL from FFS A/B 5 3
Fw189 Uhu +EH somewhere on Eastern Front, 1943-1944 Captured Fw 189 5H+RK of the NAGr 16, Austria 1945, color photo Fw 189 Eastern Front 2 Fw 189 A-3 of the 1.(H)/32 V7+1J, Finland June 1943 4
Fw189 winter 2 Focke-Wulf Fw 189 KC+JZ Focke-Wulf Fw189 of the 1.(H)/12, VIP transport Focke-Wulf Fw 189 A-3 of the 1.(H)/32 V7+1J, June 1943
Fw 189 on the ground Focke-Wulf Fw189 on the ground


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