Luftwaffe

CinC Luftwaffe Hermann Göring

German Air Force of World War 2 Since this web page is concerned primarily with the Luftwaffe between 1939-1945, it is assumed that the visitor has a basic acquaintance with Luftwaffe history prior to WW2: the banning of military aircraft production by Germany in the Versailles Treaty of 1919; the gradual growth of para-military activities from the mid-1920s; the clandestine factories and flying schools in Germany and Russia; the development of high-speed ‘mailplanes’ and ‘sporting’ single-seaters that later became bombers and fighters; the open secret of the existence of a German air force following Hitler‘s accession to power in 1933 … learn more

War Diary September 19, 1939

Destroyed Polish transport column in river Bzura

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, September 19, 1939: Poland Bzura Battle ends. 100,000 officers and men from defeated Polish Pomorze and Poznan Armies surrender. Germans surround Lvov, Eastern Poland. Home Fronts Germany: Hitler speaks at Danzig and defends Russo-German Pact. Britain: First broadcast of BBC radio comedy show ITMA (It’s That Man Again), starring Tommy Handley.

War Diary September 19, 1944

Arrival of allied troops in Eindhoven

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, September 19, 1944: Western Front Siege of Brest ends. Allies capture Eindhoven. Air War Europe: RAF night raids on Rheydt and München-Gladbach – key traffic centres behind Siefgried Line. Wing-Commander Guy Gibson, V.C., missing over Rheydt. Sea War Last 3 U-boats in Black Sea scuttled after running out of fuel and rejection of planned sale to Turkish Navy. Politics ALLIED-FINNISH ARMISTICE signed in Moscow. 23 articles including: Finland to withdraw her troops behind 1940 frontier; to disarm all German forces still on her territory; Petsamo to be returned to USSR and Russian base to be … learn more