The German Air Force (GAF)
Part II reviews the general tactics and strategy the Luftwaffe used to prepare for World War II as well as the specific offensive ordnance and navigational equipment they used in their bombing of Coventry. This section begins with Chapter 4, which traces the development of the German Air Force in the period between the end of World War I and the beginning of World War II. A particular emphasis is placed on the fledgling Luftwaffe's involvement on the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War. This combat experience did much to mold the flying tactics used by the Luftwaffe and helped determine the kinds of aircraft the Germans would use for fighting World War II.
Chapter 5 presents a detailed analysis of the three different types of medium, twin-engine bombers the GAF used in their attack on Coventry. This chapter also analyzes the different kinds of high-explosive and incendiary bombs dropped during this raid. The GAF had for years prepared for an offensive air war, and with the unfavorable weather conditions often encountered over Europe they had spent considerable efforts in developing "blind flying" electronic navigational/bombing systems. Chapter 6 describes the three different types of these so-called flying- beam systems used by the Luftwaffe to help pinpoint targets at night and during inclement weather conditions. One of these systems, the X-Verfahren, was used by the Luftwaffe in the Coventry raid.