For English-speakers, Luftwaffe refers to the aerial warfare branch of the Germany during WWII. The previous military aviation entity that participated in WWI, commonly referred to by english-speakers as the “Imperial German Air Service” was disbanded under the terms of the Treaty of Versailles in 1920. The Luftwaffe was formed in 1935 and grew to become one of the strongest, most advanced, and most battle-experienced air forces in the world by the time World War II started in Europe in 1939. After the defeat of Germany at the end of the Second World War, the Luftwaffe was disbanded.
NOTE: Somewhat confusingly for English-speakers, Germans call all air forces “luftwaffe,” which literally translates as “air arm,” referring to the RAF as the “Britische Luftwaffe” for example. Germans also call what English-speakers term the “German Air Force,” founded in 1955, “Luftwaffe.”
An exodus of exhibits from the Imperial War Museum’s (IWM) London Branch is making way for the construction of the First World War Centenary exhibits which are a part of the museum’s substantial renovation of […]
Messerschmitt Bf 109E-l (initially registered as 5+88, later as C4K-65), is being restored to flyable condition by MeierMotors in Bremgarten, Germany. This extremely rare machine is a survivor of the 1938-39 Spanish Civil War at […]