By David Wadman
This newest two-part paintings presents a examine of one other major arm of the Luftwaffe, the Aufklarungsflieger or reconnaissance devices. even if such operations are often erroneously perceived as being of secondary significance because of their loss of offensive functionality, the Luftwaffe used to be very complex in figuring out the advantages of reconnaissance. in truth no unmarried arm of the Luftwaffe operated at this sort of huge variety of airplane varieties and lots of of the operations carried out through the Aufklarungsflieger devices have been of significant significance. this primary quantity will hide the airplane and operations of the reconnaissance devices from their origins in clandestine survey and photographic paintings over Poland and the uk within the past due Nineteen Thirties via to their first operational use through the Spanish Civil conflict. They have been lively within the skies throughout Europe, from Poland within the east to Britain within the west. additionally they performed their half within the invasions of the Balkans and Russia. at the Russian and Mediterranean fronts, short-range reconnaissance frequently concerned low-level missions over enemy territory utilizing the Fieseler Fi156 Storch and Hs126 biplanes, even though Bf109s and Fw190s have been additionally hired on such actions. additionally incorporated during this ebook might be an outline of the comparable "Wekusta" or climate reconnaissance devices, answerable for the gathering of meteorological information the place, as a result of the proximity of the enemy, common land-based statement used to be no longer to be had. those devices have been assigned on to the Meteorological carrier of the Luftwaffe excessive Command and have been thought of very invaluable resources.
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Aufklarer Volume One: Luftwaffe Reconnaissance Aircraft and Units 1935-1941 (Luftwaffe Colours) by David Wadman