The Axis Air Forces: Flying in Support of the German Luftwaffe

The Axis Air Forces: Flying in Support of the German Luftwaffe

The Axis Air Forces: Flying in Support of the German Luftwaffe

The Axis Air Forces: Flying in Support of the German Luftwaffe

Synopsis

This comprehensive volume tells the rarely recounted stories of the numerous foreign air forces that supported the German Luftwaffe as part of the Axis' quest to dominate the European and Pacific theaters- a highly compelling and often overlooked chapter of World War II history.

Excerpt

The Luftwaffe fights today on many fronts—from the Arctic Cir
cle to the Bay of Biscay and the North African desert; from far
out over the Atlantic Ocean to the Volga. But we are not alone.
The skies are illuminated by the different national colors of other
peoples who share our epic struggle for the common defense of
European civilization.

—Hermann Goering, February 2, 1943

Although countless books and magazine articles describe virtually every aspect of German air power in World War II, their millions of readers are mostly unaware that the Luftwaffe fought in concert with a broad variety of foreign air forces across Europe and Asia. Benito Mussolini’s partnership with the Third Reich is well known, but his Regia Aeronautica is usually dismissed as having been too weak and ineffectual for interest. So too, Japan’s contribution to the Axis is popularly understood, although beyond common familiarity with the carrier-based attack on Pearl Harbor; and the Zero fighter plane’s enduring reputation, little is known, even to serious students of the Pacific War, about the Imperial Japanese Army or Naval Air Forces.

A general lack of appreciation for their significance stems from the pitifully few books devoted to the air arms of either Fascist Italy or Imperial Japan. Far fewer books even go so far as to mention the contemporaneous air forces of Spain, Vichy France, or Hungary, to say nothing . . .

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