This rare 1943 heavily illustrated Luftwaffe service manual is
USM book #612
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This is a very nice original example of the Luftwaffe manual in the series of Wehrmacht service manuals published by E.S. Mittler & Sohn of Berlin for use by airmen of the German Armed Forces during the Third Reich and World War II. It is the 15th Neubearbeitet or updated edition of Der Dienstunterricht in der Luftwaffe, or edition for Airmen in the Air Force.
This rare very heavily illustrated 5-1/2 x 7-1/4 inch, 296 page, 1943 edition manual has over 250 illustrations in the text of things like visor caps, uniforms, shoulder boards, collar tabs, proficiency badges, sword and bayonet knots, insignia, medals, Luftwaffe badges, recipients of the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross, the Oak Leaves to the Knights Cross, and the Grand Cross of the Iron Cross, etc.
This is the only Nazi soldier manual we know of which contains the full alphabet of Deutsche Normalschrift or Normal German Handwriting which replaced Sütterlinschrift as the standard on order of the Führer dated 4 September 1941. Of course it also contains specific information for the comprehensive training of air force troops.
In the front of the book there are portraits of Adolf Hitler (Oberster Befehlshaber der deutschen Wehrmacht) as well as the Nazi generals in charge of the Luftwaffe (Hermann Göring), Navy (Raeder), as well as Generaloberst Milch and Mölders. This book also contains photo portaits of Richthofen, Immelmann and Boelcke.
This 15th edition of the manual Der Dienstunterricht in der Luftwaffe is unusual in that the photographs are printed by the rotograveur process and are of a higher quality than in other editions of the book. Like similar Reibert manuals, this one has the complete German history and soldiering sections, which include all the information anyone needed to know on subjects like the P08 Luger pistol, MP38 and MP40 submachine gun, MG13 machine gun, flare pistol, hand grenade, compass, k98 rifles, barracks life, ammunition, etc.
This original 1943 Luftwaffe manual provides a very complete view, not only of the concept of soldiering in the German Air Force during the Third Reich, but also a very comprehensive examination of the information anyone needed to know to serve in combat in a Luftwaffe unit.
A rare original Third Reich era book with hundreds of illustrations! Complete and in very good used condition.
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NAZI HANDBUCH DER LUFTWAFFE ILLUSTRATED SERVICE MANUAL 1943
ORIGINAL 1943 HEAVILY ILLUSTRATED THIRD REICH LUFTWAFFE MANUAL
IN DER LUFTWAFFE
(MANUAL OF SERVICE
IN THE AIR FORCE)