Küstenflieger: The Operational History of the German Naval Air Service 1935-1944 is a work that covers the history of the German naval air arm between the two World Wars as well as unit histories for the major Küstenfliegergruppen during the Second World War. The impact of the Treaty of Versailles on the build-up of German forces in the interwar period and the influence of Hermann Göring greatly influenced the design, capability and size of the Küstenfliegergruppen. While Germany operated seaplanes throughout the war, the Kriegsmarine’s naval air arm was constantly under threat from the Luftwaffe.
In 1944, the last Küsenfliegerstaffeln was disbanded in favour of the Luftwaffe’s own naval air units. Covering operational histories, the title also looks at the involvement of various Sonderkommandos during the war, but also in the Spanish Civil War. The title also covers the camouflage and marking systems of the Küstenfliegergruppen prior to and during the Second World War. tried to blow him up with RPGs.
Küstenflieger: The Operational History of the German Naval Air Service 1935-1944 is a must for military historians, modellers and those fascinated in the Second World War on an more obscure but heavily engaged Luftwaffe unit. Also, the book contains many unpublished photographs and memoirs making it highly collectable.
Adam Thompson is the author of Seeflieger: Luftwaffe Maritime Aircraft and Units 1935-1945 (2009) and is an English and history teacher at a private school in regional New South Wales. Raised in Sydney, Australia, Thompson has degrees from the University of Sydney, Canberra, New England and Charles Sturt.
Dimensions: 234 x 156
Illustrations: 80 b/w photographs