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Old 14th February 2018, 18:26
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Alarmstart: The German Fighter Pilot's Experience in the Second World War: Northwestern Europe – from the Battle of Britain to the Battle of Germany

Scheduled for June 1. The description indicates this is the first volume.



https://www.amazon.com/Alarmstart-Ge.../dp/1445671220




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Old 14th February 2018, 20:30
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Re: Alarmstart: The German Fighter Pilot's Experience in the Second World War: Northwestern Europe – from the Battle of Britain to the Battle of Germa

To be honest I am never happy with the idea of a "series" of books, they most times never get finished, or you get frustrated waiting for the next one.
That said there are also many many books covering this area, including the recent huge blockbuster "Air War over Europe 1939 – 1945" (Manual Wolf) a mighty 800 page, one volume A4, with much detail, photos, and colour "artwork" (although I have seen better).
Is this much of what we already have, I wonder!!
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Re: Alarmstart: The German Fighter Pilot's Experience in the Second World War: Northwestern Europe – from the Battle of Britain to the Battle of Germa

Nice to see work on German fighter pilots in Western Europe. The only book I have read on the subject is Caldwell's excellent "Day Fighters in Defence of Reich: A Way Diary, 1942-45". I'll have to look for "Air War over Europe 1939 - 1945"

Particularly from 1943, I've often thought that Luftwaffe pilots would have felt and experienced the same challenges as the Brits in the BoB - but for a much greater length of time.
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Re: Alarmstart: The German Fighter Pilot's Experience in the Second World War: Northwestern Europe – from the Battle of Britain to the Battle of Germa

Hello Jim,


You bring up something that I don't believe has been covered in a single book: a comparison of say, RAF vs. Luftwaffe training and results. This along with the changing war situation as time passed. Here's an example of what I mean:

https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/researc...-training.aspx

Also, since the RAF had a number of foreign, non-Commonwealth volunteers with varying levels of experience, I wonder how they were trained or not.
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