Osprey Aviation Elite Units No. 20: Luftwaffe Sturmgruppen

Osprey Aviation Elite Units No. 20: Luftwaffe Sturmgruppen
Books in Osprey"s Aviation Elite Units series provide an authentic insight into World War II"s greatest units, celebrating the men and machines that won each unit it's "elite" status. The unsung heroes of each unit are identified, and their stories are told as well as those of their more glamorous "ace" counterparts. Featuring specially commissioned aircraft profile drawings and illustrated throughout with contemporary black and white photographs, as well as scale drawings, books in the Aviation Elite Units series are a valuable reference resource for military model makers, remote control model makers, and aviation history enthusiasts.

The 'storm troopers' of the Luftwaffe, the elite Strumgruppen units comprised the most heavily armed and armoured fighter interceptors ever produced by the Germans. Their role was to smash like a mighty fist through the massed ranks of USAAF daylight bombers. Only volunteers could serve with these elite units, and each pilot was trained to close with the enemy and engage him in extremely short-range combat, attacking from the front and the rear in tight arrowhead formations. In exceptional circumstances pilots would even ram their enemy. This book chronicles the brief, but violent, career of the Sturmgruppen during the dark days of 1944-45, employing first-hand accounts and rare archival photography.

Author: Weal, John
Pages: 128
Language: English
Edition: 1
Year of publication: 2005
Dimensions: 24,5 x 18,5 cm
Binding: paperback

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