Philpott, Bryan.


Cambridge, 1st ed., 1979. 95 pp., photo-ills., + maps. D.j., 24 x 17cm. Spine of d.j. a little sunned o/w Nr.FINE. Operation Barbarossa, Hitler’s fateful invasion of Russia! In 1941 the Luftwaffe took on an air force twice its own size and on June 22nd, destroyed 1,811 Soviet aircraft for the loss of only 35. However, it was not possible to stop the Russians from replacing these losses and faced by appalling weather conditions, crippling shortages of men and materials, the lack of strategic bombing policy and Hitler’s interference in military affairs, the invasion eventually failed. Using unique pictorial material the author traces the course of the campaign from the German point of view.

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