Luftwaffe Air & Ground Crew 1939-45 by Robert F StedmanLuftwaffe Air & Ground Crew 1939-45 by Robert F Stedman

Luftwaffe Air & Ground Crew 1939-45

byRobert F StedmanIllustratorMike Chappell

Paperback | November 13, 2002

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The Luftwaffe, honed in the Spanish Civil War, played a vital part in Germany's 'Blitzkrieg' victories during the 1939-41 period of World War II. Badly overstretched by war on three fronts in 1942-44, it was crippled by an incompetent commander-in-chief, the losses among experienced aircrew, and shortage of fuel. In 1944-45 it faced a final battle of attrition in skies ruled by the Allies as the Eastern and Western pincers closed on the Reich; but until the very end the dwindling band of veteran pilots - among them the greatest 'aces' the world has ever known - presented a potent threat. This fact-packed review of Luftwaffe uniforms and flying kit is illustrated with rare personal photos, insignia charts, and two dozen meticulously detailed colour figures.
ROBERT STEDMAN has been a passionate collector of Great War and Second World War militaria for over 25 years. A regular contributor to international militaria magazines, he enjoys occasional work as a military adviser to TV, film and theatre. As a member of the Association for Military Remembrance, with whom he takes part in museum lec...
Title:Luftwaffe Air & Ground Crew 1939-45Format:PaperbackDimensions:48 pages, 9.67 × 7.26 × 0.08 inPublished:November 13, 2002Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1841764043

ISBN - 13:9781841764047

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Table of Contents

Rebirth of the air force · Organisation ·Summary of campaigns · Uniforms: service & parade dress - insignia of rank, branch, trade - extra clothing & effects - summer & winter working dress - tropical uniforms · Flying clothing - summer & winter helmets, flight suits, jackets, trousers, boots, gloves · Flight equipment: parachutes - seat, back & chest types · Life preservers, kapok & inflatable · Rafts, flare pistols, dye markers, compasses

Editorial Reviews

"Modelers, re-enactors and historians alike will appreciate this book by Robert F. Stedman... It is a wealth of detail about clothing and gear... Mr. Stedman...extenuates the academic with additional facts beyond the obvious... Your eye for detail will be busy." -Fred Boucher, Aeroscale