KAMPFGESCHWADER ‘EDELWEISS’: THE HISTORY OF A GERMAN BOMBER UNIT, 1939-1945.

Dierich, Wolfgang.


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PBS ed., 1975. 128 pp., photo & other plates. D.j., 23 x16cm. FINE. Of the units in the Luftwaffe bomber force, Kampfgeschwader 51 had what was probably the most interesting and varied history. Apart from the Polish campaign it was involved in almost all of the major actions which followed it: in France and the Low Countries, the Battle of Britain, the night Blitz on Britain, the Balkans campaign, Russia, the 1944 night attacks on Britain and finally, with the revolutionary new Messerschmitt 262 jet fighter-bomber, in the final desperate actions in the west. For a time KG 51 even operated in the bomber-destroyer role, against the American daylight raiders penetrating into Germany. For the first time here, the English-speaking reader can see the war through the eyes of the German bomber force that lost some 1,500 killed throughout the war.


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