AN ACCOUNT OF THE PART PLAYED BY THE ROYAL AIR FORCE IN DISSOLVING THE LUFTWAFFE
Volumes 1 & 2
Compiled from Official Records by Order of AIR MARSHAL SIR PHILIP WIGGLESWORTH
AIR HEADQUARTERS, BRITISH AIR FORCES OF OCCUPATION, 1947
A rare two volume set of The Dissolution of the Luftwaffe, an original RAF intelligence report, marked ‘Restricted’, produced by the British Air Forces of Occupation H.Q., Germany, in 1947. This was a restricted document with a limited circulation, including several maps marked ‘Secret’.
The two volumes are a detailed chronicle of the work of the Royal Air Force in disarming the Luftwaffe and associated Flak units at the end of WW2. With in depth accounts of the disbanding of units, destruction of aircraft, munitions, bomb disposal work, and Flak units, all of which are thoroughly discussed and documented. The appendices include a list of men killed on Bomb Disposal operations. Volume I covers Disarmament Planning, Operations, and Intelligence, and is illustrated with charts and maps (some marked 'Secret’ or 'Top Secret’). Volume II covers the Disbanding of the Luftwaffe, the Disposal of Enemy War Material, Flak Disarmament, and general conclusions. It is very well illustrated with charts, maps, fold-outs and a series of excellent photographs showing enemy aircraft, rockets, secret weapons, radar and other installations, and the work of bomb disposal teams.
B.A.F.O.: The Second Tactical Air Force was renamed as the British Air Forces of Occupation on 15 July 1945. Its primary role was the air policing of the British Zone of Germany. But initially its main purpose was to oversee the demilitarization of the German Air Force. This was a huge task, as there were over 900,000 German Air Force personnel, 4,800 aircraft, and a vast supply of ammunition and other munitions to be dealt with. B.A.F.O. began as a large force of four groups (2, 83, 84, 85 Groups), but by the end of 1947, B.A.F.O. had shrunk to ten squadrons at three airfields, all directly under control of the Air Headquarters at Bad Eilsen. In 1951, the British Air Forces of Occupation reverted to their former name, with the re-creation of the Second Tactical Air Force on 1 September 1951.
Both volumes are in good condition. The boards are in good condition, with general signs of use and some marks. The binding and hinges of both volumes are good and secure. The text, maps, fold-outs and photographs are in good condition, with a few minor marks.
Two Volumes, large format
Blue Boards with gilt titling
Illustrated with maps, charts, fold-outs and photographs