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Title: The Battle of the Airfields, 1st January 1945.
Description: Grub Street, London, (1994), revised, updated Anniversary edition including new German material.. 224 pp, large 8vo, hard cover in dust jacket. SIGNED ON TITLE PAGE BY AUTHOR. B&w photos. "At first light on the morning of Ist January 1945, over 800 Luftwaffe fighters took off from their bases in Germany to attack Allied airfields in Holland, Belgium and France. Some of these surprise attacks proved successful, some were hardly noticed, while others were disastrous for the attackers. Basing his account on information from both Wing and Squadron diaries, and with many first-hand account s from the men who were there, Norman Franks paints a definitive picture of that winter morning and the rest of the day. In these attacks, and in the air battles which were fought at low level across the open countrysides and over towns in t h e L o w Countries, the Luftwaffe lost up to 300 of their fighter aircraft and over 200 pilots were killed or taken prisoner. The Allied air forces lost some 200 aircraft with little loss of life and were able to replace their losses within d ay s, w h er ea s t he Luftwaffe had greater difficulty in finding new pilots. Operation Bodenplatte was planned as a lightening blow to smash the British and American forces in north-west Europe. In fact it turned out to be the Luftwaffe's fin al ac t o f s el f-d est ru ct ion." Tiny scuff to bottom of front board. Dust jacket has minor rubbing. This is a new unread book. Near Fine/Near Fine.

Keywords: Luftwaffe, World War Ii, Air Combat, Allied Airfields, Fighters, Pilots, Battles, Operation Bodenplatte.

Price: US$ 35.00 Seller: Capricorn Books
- Book number: 9358

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