1st Eng., ed., 1975. 402 pp., photo-ills. D.j., 22 x 14cm. FINE. In the winter of 1918, Germany’s conquerors set about rendering the Reich forever incapable of waging war. Yet less than a generation later, Europe shook before the threat of the Luftwaffe, believed to be the most powerful air force in the world. This book charts every step of the subterfuge and ingenuity by which the transformation was brought about. It describes the pioneering of new developments such as the Stuka dive-bomber, and the proving of this secretly trained and created air force first in the Spanish Civil War and later against Poland and France. At the same time the author explodes some of the myths of German technical organizational superiority.