In June 1944 Allied troops were massing along the shores of southern England in readiness for the invasion of Hitler's Fortress Europe. Facing them, from the Pas de Calais to Brittany, were German troops, dug in, waiting and preparing for the inevitable confrontation. rnrnThis compilation of in-depth accounts by German commanders presents D-Day, and the events leading up to it, from the point of view of the officers entrusted with preventing the Allied landings. rnrnThe accounts David Isby has selected, all written soon after the war's close for American military intelligence, cover preparations for the invasion and chart the development of German strategy as invasion looms. They then turn to the ordeal of D-Day itself including reactions to the first reports of troop landings and a blow-by-blow account of the fighting. rnrnFighting the Invasion paints a superb picture of D-Day from the German perspective, bringing home the entire experience from the initial waiting to the bitter fighting on the beaches and running battles in Norman villages.
The Blitz and War in the East to the Fall of Germany
Author: Chris Goss
Pubpsher: Casemate Publishers
The Heinkel He 111 was the main workhorse of the Luftwaffes bomber force throughout much of the Second World War. Consequently, when Hitler launched Operation Barbarossa in June 1941, three entire Kampfgeschwader consisted of He 111s. Initially used as direct support for the German ground forces, as the campaign progressed the He 111 was switched to attacking the Soviet infrastructure, particularly trains and marshaling yards, and used as a transport aircraft taking in supplies and for troop evacuation. Variants of the He 111 were used in anti-shipping roles, in both the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, and even for aerial launching of V-1 flying bombs, continuing the war against the towns and cities of the United Kingdom. In this selection of unrivaled images collected over many years, and now part of Frontline's new War in the Air series, the operations of this famous aircraft in the latter years of the Second World War are portrayed and brought to life. A companion title to Heinkel He 111: The Early Years.
The Early Years - Fall of France, Battle of Britain and the Blitz
Author: Chris Goss Goss
Considered to be the best known German bomber of the Second Wold War, the Heinkel He 111 served in every military front in the European theater, having first being deployed in the Spanish Civil War in 1936. It then saw extensive service in the invasion of Poland, the Norweigan campaign and the invasion of the Low Countries and France in 1940. When the Luftwaffe was tasked with destroying Britain’s ability to resist invasion in 1940, the He 111 formed almost half of the Gruppen employed by Luftflotte 2 and Luftflotte 3. When the Luftwaffe switched to attacking cities and industrial sites the Heinkel 111 was widely employed, with raids against targets such as London, Coventry, Bristol, Birmingham and Liverpool. In this selection of unrivaled images collected over many years, the operations of this famous aircraft in the early years of the war – particularly the invasion of Poland, the Blitzkrieg in the West, the Battle of Britain and the very early stages of the Blitz – are portrayed and brought to life.
The Heinkel He 111 is perhaps the best known of all the Luftwaffe's World War Two bombers. Designed originally as a civil airliner, it made its mark in the bomber role in the Spanish Civil War. Active from the beginning of WWII, the He 111 played a crucial part in the bombardment of targets in Britain and, later, the Eastern front. The author's history of this important aircraft places it firmly in the context of the course of WWII, and shows how it went from being a fast, effective machine to a seriously outclassed death-trap, attempting to stay on the offensive right up until the end of the war.
Free extras for modelers, including decals and masking foil Eighteen sheets of technical drawings and five color chartsThe first part of a monograph on the German WW2 bomber, Heinkel He 111 describes the development history of its all versions with coverage of changes made in their variants, sub-variants and field modifications. Originally designed as a bomber plane, He 111 was used as a torpedo and reconnaissance aircraft as well as - after the unique modification - for towing huge Me 321 gliders. The book features a detailed description of the aircraft's structure and technical data and a chapter about camouflage and markings.Complete with 112 pages, 99 photographs, 18 sheets of technical drawings in 1:48 and 1:72 scale with specification of external changes on production-run versions of the aircraft and 5 color charts with 8 examples of camouflage schemes. Free 1:48 and 1:72 decals for 5 schemes: Heinkel He 111 P-2, '1G+EK' of 2./KG 27 "Boelcke," Werneuchen (Germany), September 1939. Heinkel He 111 H-6, '1H+FK' of 2./KG 26, Grosseto (Italy), December 1942. Heinkel He 111 H-6, '1H+AH' of 1./KG 26, Barduffos (Norway), Summer 1942. Heinkel He 111 H-16, '5J+ER' of 7./KG 4, Bialystok (Poland), Spring 1944. Heinkel He 111 H-20, '5J+GH' of 1./KG 4, Dresden (Germany), April 1945.About the SeriesMonographs is a series focusing on an individual type of aircraft. Each monograph contains descriptions of the aircraft's origins, its variants and combat history. Each volume includes several hundred archive photographs, technical scale drawings and color profile artworks, with free extras for modelers, including decals and masking foil.