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To the artillery con- tinued. The red glare of Warsaw's flames could be seen German and for miles around, as in awe On cousin of the intrepid War and Stuka of the First World Second. Although orig- Red Baron specialist of the inally cool to the idea of dive bombers, Richthofen learned to use them in Spain and then employed the Stukas with devastating skill in Poland. To his left what the bloody the next day had General Wolfram von Richthofen (center foreground) of Warsaw agreed but run out, the water supply was ruptured, all and ammunition had been expended.

Even if The Messerschmitt 109E, formidable opponent of the Polish Air Force in 1939. This plane was that of Adolf Gotland, one of Germany's outstanding fighter pilots and air commanders, (h. J. nowarra) the Luftwaffe did not contain multitudes, easily outnumber did it the Polish Air Force around ten to one. Contrary to the widely held Air belief, the Polish Force was not wiped out on the ground. Long before the tanks began to roll and the Stukas began swooping down on the airfields, the Polish planes were moved to well-camouflaged emergency airstrips.

Even that figure Geschwader (StG). When the war erupted Kesselring's Air Fleet 1 had roughly 800 aircraft with which to support thirty-six first-rank Army Group North (500 ber bombers, and 120 Air Fleet 4 had level bombers, 180 dive fighters). In the south Loehr's slightly less than 600 planes (310 bombers, 160 dive bombers, and 120 Luftflotten total in the east fighters). The was about 1390 planes (excluding reconnaissance and transport aircraft), which is considerably less than the number generally given as the Luftwaffe strength at the time.

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