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Old 3rd April 2021, 10:02
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La Kampfgeschwader 6 - Peter Taghon - Lela Press

Now that's a surprising announcement:
https://www.aircraft-navalship.com/p...es-livres/4575
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The 6th Luftwaffe Bombardment Squadron remains a little-known unit due to its relatively short existence. It was indeed put together with great difficulty by an order of October 1941, this squadron having been designed to support KG 2 in its sporadic operations to harass Great Britain. Its training was slow and laborious for lack of staff. The poverty of the Luftwaffe (clearly visible at that time) explains why the entire III./LG 1 had to be recalled from the eastern front to include it in the new squadron. It was not until August 1942 that the first Ju 88 of KG 6 operated across the Channel, however, the squadron was immediately engaged in the fighting at Dieppe during the bloody landing of the Canadians. In November, the unit - shared between France and the Netherlands - served as a back-up to occupy the French Free Zone. Concomitantly, its best crews were called up in an “Einsatzgruppe” sent urgently to the Mediterranean in support of the Afrika Korps.
At the beginning of 1943, KG 6 found itself torn between Italy, Denmark and France from which some action continued to be launched on Great Britain. In June, however, in full reconversion on Ju 188, two Gruppe were withdrawn from France to return to fight in Italy. At the end of 1943, the II./KG 6 was also sent to fight in the Aegean Sea.
It was not until the beginning of 1944 that the squadron could finally be fully engaged in what had been its end: the attacks on England. KG 6 took part in Operation "Steinbock" where its losses were severe. This shortly before ‘Overlord’, the Normandy landings, which would also cut deep cuts in the numbers. Retreating "foot by foot", KG 6 fell back on the Reich before being dissolved in September 1944 because of its heavy losses. The squadron was to rise from its ashes, however, as KG (J) / 6, a fighter unit equipped with, among other things, Me 262 jet engines.
In the following months, KG (J) / 6 would experience the last upheavals of the Luftwaffe until the capitulation of the Third Reich, its numbers gradually shrinking. Its pilots nonetheless fought until early May 1945.

A book of more than 380 pages, embellished with 660 photos and 20 color profiles produced by Vincent Dhorne.


To be released in June 2021, free shipping offer available for preorders as usual.
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Old 5th April 2021, 19:25
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Re: La Kampfgeschwader 6 - Peter Taghon - Lela Press

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Now that's a surprising announcement:
https://www.aircraft-navalship.com/p...es-livres/4575
Publisher's note:

The 6th Luftwaffe Bombardment Squadron remains a little-known unit due to its relatively short existence. It was indeed put together with great difficulty by an order of October 1941, this squadron having been designed to support KG 2 in its sporadic operations to harass Great Britain. Its training was slow and laborious for lack of staff. The poverty of the Luftwaffe (clearly visible at that time) explains why the entire III./LG 1 had to be recalled from the eastern front to include it in the new squadron. It was not until August 1942 that the first Ju 88 of KG 6 operated across the Channel, however, the squadron was immediately engaged in the fighting at Dieppe during the bloody landing of the Canadians. In November, the unit - shared between France and the Netherlands - served as a back-up to occupy the French Free Zone. Concomitantly, its best crews were called up in an “Einsatzgruppe” sent urgently to the Mediterranean in support of the Afrika Korps.
At the beginning of 1943, KG 6 found itself torn between Italy, Denmark and France from which some action continued to be launched on Great Britain. In June, however, in full reconversion on Ju 188, two Gruppe were withdrawn from France to return to fight in Italy. At the end of 1943, the II./KG 6 was also sent to fight in the Aegean Sea.
It was not until the beginning of 1944 that the squadron could finally be fully engaged in what had been its end: the attacks on England. KG 6 took part in Operation "Steinbock" where its losses were severe. This shortly before ‘Overlord’, the Normandy landings, which would also cut deep cuts in the numbers. Retreating "foot by foot", KG 6 fell back on the Reich before being dissolved in September 1944 because of its heavy losses. The squadron was to rise from its ashes, however, as KG (J) / 6, a fighter unit equipped with, among other things, Me 262 jet engines.
In the following months, KG (J) / 6 would experience the last upheavals of the Luftwaffe until the capitulation of the Third Reich, its numbers gradually shrinking. Its pilots nonetheless fought until early May 1945.

A book of more than 380 pages, embellished with 660 photos and 20 color profiles produced by Vincent Dhorne.


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Will this be available in English?
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Old 5th April 2021, 19:29
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Re: La Kampfgeschwader 6 - Peter Taghon - Lela Press

None of the other Lela Presse books in this series have been translated to English
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Re: La Kampfgeschwader 6 - Peter Taghon - Lela Press

Don’t forget there are also two KG 6 histories in German with no intention of translating these
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Re: La Kampfgeschwader 6 - Peter Taghon - Lela Press

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None of the other Lela Presse books in this series have been translated to English
However, I think the publisher’s format would be quite accessible to someone who doesn’t speak French (full disclosure: I do, so it’s quite possible I underestimate the problems). Both their KG 100 and LG 1 histories are done as day-by-day chronicles with each date in bold type, and brief narratives of events — the sort of thing you could run through an online translator — while longer personal accounts are in italics, so easily identifiable. Losses mentioned in the text are listed again in an appendix and there are lists of known personnel.

The upshot is that it’s quite easy to locate days’ events, people and lost aircraft and get useful information without needing to work through long passages of a foreign language.
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Re: La Kampfgeschwader 6 - Peter Taghon - Lela Press

Agree with Nick^^^^. I have various unit histories in German or french and typing the odd phrase into google translate (or even scanning with the iPhone for instant translate) gets you surprisingly far without too much pain and quickly too.
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Re: La Kampfgeschwader 6 - Peter Taghon - Lela Press

Thanks gents.
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Re: La Kampfgeschwader 6 - Peter Taghon - Lela Press

What if one is mainly interested in those personal accounts, not listing of events? Having to use some translator pretty much destroys the pleasure of reading.
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Re: La Kampfgeschwader 6 - Peter Taghon - Lela Press

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What if one is mainly interested in those personal accounts, not listing of events?
Then one might have an incentive to learn some French, wouldn't you say?
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Re: La Kampfgeschwader 6 - Peter Taghon - Lela Press

Would you like that Russian and Japanese books were more easily available in English? When an Englishman suggests that someone should learn French/German it seems that the person does not understand that for many French/German would be their 4th language. Nick, how many languages do you speak? Was French/German your 4th language?
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