The Luftwaffe over Germany: Defense of the Reich.

Author:Schepp, David J.
Position::Book review

The Luftwaffe over Germany: Defense of the Reich. By Donald Caldwell and Richard Muller. London: Greenhill Books, 2007. Photographs. Maps. Tables. Index. Notes. Glossary. Pp. 304. $39.95 ISBN 1-85367-712-4

Caldwell and Muller are both reputable aviation historians who have produced a number of historical works, primarily on World War Two aviation. Their specialty area has been on the German Luftwaffe. Caldwell has written extensively on JG 26, the Jagdgeschwader (fighter wing) known as "Schlageter," the unit accepted as the "top guns" of the Luftwaffe. Muller has not only produced numerous works on World War Two aviation history but also serves on the faculty of the U.S. Air Force's School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (SAASS) at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.

The authors have done a great amount of research that includes not only official records but also interviews. They interviewed many surviving Americans and Germans; their efforts went a long way towards adding a poignant narrative touch to what might otherwise have been a fairly dry technical account of daily missions. Correlating the experiences of the American bomber pilots with the experiences of the German fighter pilots using interviews and diary entries gives this book a voice not often heard in books about forces fighting each other who speak different languages. Not the case here, since the authors have overcome the language barrier to offer the reader an...

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