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Hitler’s Eagles: The Luftwaffe 1933–45

Hitler’s Eagles: The Luftwaffe 1933–45 Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review June 2013 Title Hitler’s Eagles: The Luftwaffe 1933–45
Author Chris McNab Publisher Osprey Publishing
Published 2012 ISBN 9781780962832
Format 400 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $40.00


If you're looking for a general history of Nazi German air power, consider Chris McNab's Hitler's Eagles.

Subtitled "The Luftwaffe 1933–45", Osprey's handy, hefty hardback begins with useful introductory notes and historical overview.  Contents then chronologically course, category-by-category, through key combat assets:

  • Bombers – Strategic Reach
  • Fighters – Sky Warriors
  • Ground-Attack – Strike From Above
  • Maritime and Utility Aircraft – Aerial Workhorses
  • Ground Forces – Eagles on the Land

A selected bibliography and index complete core coverage.  Sidebars and extended captions spice main text.  And the whole treatment sports photos, profiles and paintings.

I thought things like training and tactics suffered short shrift.  But, hey, it's an overview!

So when Aunt Millie asks about your Luftwaffe interests over dinner, plant McNab's tome by her pasta!


My sincere thanks to Osprey Publishing for this review sample!