In the early morning of New Year s Day 1945, as the last great German offensive in Ardennes slowly smoldered to an end and the Allies prepared for a final year of war in northwest Europe, against all odds, the Luftwaffe assumed to be starved of fuel and fighting spirit launched a massive, surprise, low level strike targeted at Allied tactical airfields throughout France, Belgium, and Holland Planned under great secrecy, the raid gambled on using the bulk of Luftwaffe fighter assets on the Western Front, with the aim of decimating significant elements of both the British 2nd RAF and the USAAF on the ground As the winter skies lightened, than 900 German aircraft most of them Fw 190s and Bf 109s swept across vulnerable and unsuspecting airfields, including Brussels and Eindhoven Altogether, than 200 Allied aircraft were destroyed, with a further 150 damaged But for the Luftwaffe it was a Pyrrhic victory 271 fighters were lost and many damaged Worse still, of the 213 pilots lost, than 20 were valuable formation leaders Using hundreds of eye witness accounts and rare photographs, this is a definitive study....
|Title||:||Bodenplatte: The Luftwaffe's Last Hope -The Attack on Allied Airfields, New Year's Day 1945|
|Publisher||:||Hikoki Publications 1st edition July 9, 2004|
|Number of Pages||:||240 pages|
|File Size||:||963 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Bodenplatte: The Luftwaffe's Last Hope -The Attack on Allied Airfields, New Year's Day 1945 Reviews
I read this book several years ago when it was released in paperback by Stackpole and have wanted the hardback copy for awhile since it has more photos. The detail of this book is amazing to me and it is an excellent read on the Luftwaffe's last gasp at turning the tide of the war in their favor. What is amazing to me is the author was able to detail the fate of most of the pilots that were shot down and killed, where they crashed, where they were buried or if they are still missing. Overall just a great book.
This book starts with the 1944 plan by Galland's fighter staff to send a large force against the marauding daylight bombers and knock down so many that the country would have breathing room to equip units with jets and advanced fighters. This idea was hijacked to be the aerial counterpart to the 'Battle of the Bulge' (Dec 16, 1944). However, bad weather intervened- as it also kept the Allied fighter-bombers away from Nazi units surging into Belgium. German forces feared 'Jabo' attacks when skies cleared again. So the strike force was dedicated to crippling those Jabos.
Hikoki Publications has a well-deserved reputation for producing high-quality military aviation history books.
This is an incredible book. It's just that simple. The level of detail and precision of the research involved is better than any other "battle" book I've ever read, air or ground.