Luftwaffe Pages

The Luftwaffe was a formidable fighting force. At the outbreak of war, they were a well organised, well structured, disciplined and determined branch of the mighty German war machine. As the Third Reich marched unabated across Europe taking country by country, this structure and the men within in, began to stretch. Eventually, with continued losses, targeting of supply lines and relentless battles, it began to deteriorate. The fighting spirit of the Luftwaffe Pilot never dwindled but the means to carrying out their task did. Even with huge developments in aircraft design, the jet engine for example, poor decisions and failing management were often seen as hindering the task rather than supporting it.

The Luftwaffe were a remarkable group of men, often talking highly of their opponents and the machines they flew; developing a more ‘civilised’ relationship with those they fought against. That’s not to say that the evils of Nazism were not carried out, nor their beliefs any less strong, but, the manner in which the war in the air was conducted was very ‘different’ to the war on the ground.

As I come across interesting documents and stories linked to Aviation Trails, I will add them here.

Click on each title to go to the relevant page. Thanks for reading.

Luftwaffe Diary – 15th September 1940

Luftwaffe Diary – ‘Big Week’

Structure of the Luftwaffe (The High Command)

3 thoughts on “Luftwaffe Pages

  1. I think with hindsight we can see that the idea that the Luftwaffe was ‘formidable’ force is a relic of wartime propaganda, another of those urban myths, no doubt sustained by tales of the ‘Few’ ; in fact the war came too ‘early’ for the Luftwaffe. Only five fighter Geschwaderstäbe had been established by the time of the invasion of Poland – those of JG 2, JG 3, JG 26, JG 52 and JG 53 – to which a mere 13 fighter Gruppen were subordinated. During July- August 1939 a further five Gruppen were hastily set up. Even so on September 1, 1939 not a single Luftwaffe fighter Geschwader was at full strength, ie comprising a Stab and three Gruppen..

    fantastic blog by the way – I look forward to discovering it fully! I’m here having just viewed the Netflix film about Carthage….cheers! My ‘Luftwaffe blog’ is at the link

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    • Hi Neil,

      thank you so much for the information (and the kind words!). My knowledge of the Luftwaffe’s strength and composition, is certainly not what it should be! You clearly know your stuff! Common perception is indeed that they were not only ‘ready’ for war, but well rehearsed too especially with their participation in the Spanish civil war. With statistics like those you quote, this is clearly not the case and the war did indeed come to early for them. I shall certainly take a look at your site, it looks very interesting and superbly informative.

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