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
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.
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
WW2 War Diary for Monday, September 18, 1939: Poland Russian Forces now 60 miles inside Poland. Virtually no resistance. Sea War Atlantic: SS Kensington Court shelled and sunk by U-boat. Two RAF Sunderland flying boats rescue 34 men.
WW2 War Diary for Monday, September 18, 1944: Western Front Armoured spearheads of British 2nd Army make contact with the first airborne forces in Holland. Occupied Countries Rumania: Antonescu arrested by Russians.