Bayside NY: Axis Europa, 2002.
Illustrated by Illustrated. Hardcover. Very Good in Near Fine dust jacket. Item #13805
Top edge foxing, otherwise light wear; Dust Jacket slight wear. Crisp oversize hardcover. ; "Alarmed at the losses so far incurred and those being taken in Russia during the spring and summer of 1942, the OKH (Oberkommando der Heer, or Army High Command) had requested ... 200,000 men from the Luftwaffe be transferred over into the Army. The army generals argued that German divisions were being bled white in Russia and needed these men in order to replenish the ever mounting losses. This direct and plain argument won the day and Hitler initially agreed with General Manstein ..., but then Hermann Goring presented himself before the Fuhrer and argued against transferring Luftwaffe men ... To make matters worse Goring now offered to raise 22 Air Force infantry divisions, in much the same manner in which the Waffen-SS was raising more formations. ... The formation, employment and ultimate waste of 200,000 men in the Luftwaffe field divisions was a perfect example of Hitler's "divide and conquer" policy and of what happens when politicians, especially corrupt and amoral individuals, run a war. Having no basic ground warfare training .... The problem was further compounded when no proper training personnel were available to teach these basic skills! ... The results were predictable and the Army generals were proved right. Most of the Luftwaffe field divisions were destroyed or so shattered that they were disbanded soon after they were committed to battle. Those that survived the first 12 months of combat were eventually taken over by the Army on November 1st 1943." - Introduction. ; 378 pages.
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