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The Last Flight of the Luftwaffe: The Fate of Schulungslehrgang Elbe (Cassell Military Paperbacks)
by Adrian Weir
By April 7, 1945, Germany had to struggle to stop the invading enemy forces, relying on small-scale operations that required limited quantities of fuel and weapons, and calling upon relatively inexperienced air crews. How did one of the world's most victorious airforces come to such a crisis? The answer lies in this amazing story, told in minute-by-minute detail, of the Lu ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 28th 2000 by Cassell military
(first published January 1st 1997)
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This is a great account of a desperate time for Germany. Reading it, I really felt the sense of how hard it was to assemble the aircraft, fuel and pilots needed for this last assault on the 'Terrorflieger' that was laying waste to their cities. The combat itself is well described, with a real sense of the loss of men on both sides. Fantastic!
Being a history lover and especially aircraft lover this book was amazing to me because it showed step by step and with great detail how the once all mighty Hermann Goring's Luftwaffe turned into a miniscule air power and how the Nazis really struggle to maintain an able air defence, good book.
A very detailed reconstruction of an obscure but amazing event: a mass use of suicide ramming tactics against bombers. Some of the P-51 v Me-262 combat is astounding. It would make a better air-action movie than some of the rubbish Hollywood has produced recently. Has this been optioned yet?