Pilot Training of the German Air Force from 1942 to 1945 (Part II).Decline of the Luftwaffe Pilot TrainingThe Battle of Britain had been the first major setback for the Luftwaffe, but in the main the losses in trained crews were made good by drawing upon the reserves already available … Continue reading →
Pilot Training of the German Air Force in World War 2 (Part I).Pilot Training of the Luftwaffe before 1942The period of training given to new pilots of the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) was steadily shortened during the course of World War 2; the description below may be considered … Continue reading →
German twin-engined utility aircraft Focke-Wulf Fw 58 Weihe (Kite)Focke-Wulf Fw 58 Weihe (Kite).
Type: German twin-engined utility aircraft.
Kurt Tank's Fw 58, preferred to Arado's Ar 77 design, became the Luftwaffe's approximate equivalent of Britain's Airspeed Oxford: an … Continue reading →
German long-range submarine class Type IXType IX U-boat class (180 boats).
Type: Submarine, German U boats.History:
The big sister of the German U boats Type VII was the Type IX U-boat class which had a greater range and better habitability. It was designed for operations in … Continue reading →
British infantry rifle of WW2Lee-Enfield rifle 303 No.4 Mark 1 .
Type: British infantry rifle .History:
The well-known Lee-Enfield rifle began its service with the British Army in 1895 and ran into some 27 different models before being replaced by a self-loader in 1957. The most … Continue reading →
Diary for Monday, October 7, 1940:Air War
Night raids on London by 179 aircraft; Liverpool and Swansea bombed. RAF night raid on Berlin: 42 bombers despatched; 33 (?) attack target.Neutrals
Rumania: German forces secure Ploesti … Continue reading →
Diary for Sunday, October 6, 1940:Sea War
Mediterranean: Italian submarine Gemma accidentally sunk by sister craft Tricheco.Air War
Brief lull in night Blitz on London due to bad weather: few HE bombs dropped near the … Continue reading →
Diary for Friday, October 4, 1940:Air War
Night raids on London and Southeast England by 130 aircraft. German aircrews raiding London are now frequently accompanied by Italian AF observers, who make their presence known by dropping trinkets and medallions bearing propaganda … Continue reading →
Diary for Thursday, October 3, 1940:Home Fronts
Britain: Chamberlain resigns as Lord President of the Council. Herbert Morrison becomes Home Secretary; Reith, Minister of … Continue reading →
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