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Luftwaffe Fighter,Bomber & Marine Camouflage & Markings 1940 vol.2 (Aircam Aviation Special 11 )
By Richard Ward
Publisher: Osprey 1973 52 Pages
PDF 6 MB
As the Luftwaffe prepared for its proposed all-out attack on southern England in the early summer of 1940, its many units were mainly equipped with aircraft designed for four distinctly different types of operations. Two of these types were conventional— single-engined fighters and medium bombers—but two were radically new, and as such enjoyed the glamour of the unorthodox. The first two types, well tested in the crucible of hard experience, were to stand up quite well to the rigours that awaited them; the others were to prove a source of major disappointment.
The "Stuka" dive-bomber and the "Zerstorer" twin-engined long-range fighter had, of all types, perhaps become synonymous with the "Blitzkrieg", and with the Nazi war machine generally. Their first major failure during the late summer months of 1940 was indeed prophetic.