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In Furious Skies (Hardback)

Flying with Hitler's Luftwaffe in the Second World War

Aviation > WWII > Luftwaffe P&S History > By Century > 20th Century WWII > Hitler & the Third Reich

By Tim Heath
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 280
Illustrations: 40 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781526785237
Published: 24th August 2022



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When a proud Adolf Hitler revealed his new Luftwaffe to the world in March 1935, it was the largest, most modern military air arm the world had seen. Equipped with the latest monoplane fighter and bomber aircraft manned by well-trained and motivated crews, it soon became evident that the Luftwaffe also possessed a high degree of technical superiority over Germany’s future enemies.

Yet within just nine years the once-mightiest air force in the world had reached total collapse, destroyed in part by the very people responsible for creating it. By 1944, the Luftwaffe, wearied by aerial battles on multiple fronts combined with tactical mismanagement from the highest levels of command, were unable to match their enemies in both production and manpower. By this time the Luftwaffe was fighting for its survival, and for the survival of Germany itself, above the burning cities of the Third Reich, facing odds sometimes as high as ten-to-one in the air.

Told through the eyes of the fighter and bomber crews themselves, this book explores previously unpublished first-hand accounts of the rise and fall of one of the most formidable air forces in twentieth-century military history. It paints a haunting picture of the excitement, fear, romance intertwined with the brutality, futility and wastefulness that is war.

"...an important contribution to the historiography of those who fought the war. This book is a reference to be returned to again and again and should be on the shelf of every airpower historian, or even just general-interest readers."

The Journal of the Air Force Historical Foundation

"...if you are looking for a stimulating and refreshing read which provides a unique “oral history” combined with a solid, authoritative author commentary — this is the book."

The Aviation Historian - Issue 45

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Highlight: 'This brings the story to life with humour and sadness in equal measure. A cracking read.'

The Armourer

Paints a harrowing, and haunting picture of the excitement, fear, romance, intertwined with the brutality, futility, wastefulness, and great tragedy for everyone involved.


This book is a must for anyone wanting to read about the Luftwaffe. A quality book.

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The History Fella

The author is to be congratulated, he has certainly produced a very fine piece of work and information, even more of my congratulations are deserving for holding my interest for two whole days while I finished the book. No other person can claim that of me in recent years.

5 out of 5

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Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)

As featured on World War II Today

WW2 Today

A new book In Furious Skies, gives a hard-hitting perspective of why the German Luftwaffe, in 1939 the most powerful aerial fighting force in Europe, was smashed to defeat by the war's end in 1945.

Told through the eyes of German fighter and bomber pilots, this hardback book gives first hand accounts of the reasons why the Luftwaffe failed.

Author Tim Heath has researched in detail, through interviews with wartime Luftwaffe pilots and others, just what went wrong with Germany's airpower from the early successes to complete defeat by 1945.

Terry Sutton

Article: 'Book explores memoirs of WW2'

Evesham Journal

About Tim Heath

Born in to a military family, Tim Heath’s interest in history led him to research the air war of the Second World War, focussing on the German Luftwaffe and writing extensively for The Armourer Magazine. During the course of his research he has worked closely with the German War Graves Commission at Kassel, Germany, and met with German families and veterans alike. Following the successful debut of Hitler’s Girls in 2017, Sex Under the Swastika will be Tim’s latest contribution to retelling the heavily scrutinised Second World War from a fresh perspective.

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