By the time Hitler declared war on the Soviet Union in 1941, he knew that his military machine was running out of fuel. In response, he launched Operation Blau, a campaign designed to protect Nazi oilfields in Romania while securing new ones in the Caucasus. All that stood in the way was Stalingrad. Most accounts of the Battle of Stalingrad have focused on the dismal fate of the German army. Joel Hayward now chronicles Luftwaffe operations during that campaign, focusing on Hitler's use of the air force as a tactical rather than strategic weapon in close support of ground forces. He details the Luftwaffe's key role as "flying artillery", showing that the army relied on Luftwaffe support to a far greater degree and that its successes in the East occurred largely because of the effectiveness of that support. Hayward analyzes this major German offensive from the standpoint of cooperation between ground and air forces to attain mutually agreed objectives. He draws on diaries of both key commanders and regular airmen to recreate crucial battles and convey the drama of Hitler's frustrations and reckless leadership. Ultimately, Hayward shows, the poorly conceived strategies of Hitler, Goering and others in Berlin doomed the efforts of air commander Wolfram von Richthofen, a courageous and resolute leader attempting to come to grips with an increasingly impossible situation.
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"A comprehensive view of one of the most important air campaigns of World War II and an insightful study of the Luftwaffe's leaders and its way of war. A 'must read' for anyone interested in the airpower history of World War II."--James S. Corum, author of The Luftwaffe: Creating the Operational Air War, 1918-1940
"An outstanding and long-overdue campaign history that puts a human face on the military decision-making process."--Richard Muller, author of The German Air War in Russia
"A major contribution to the history of the Russo-German War."--Dennis Showalter, author of Tannenberg: Clash of EmpiresAbout the Author:
Dr Joel Hayward is a New Zealand-born scholar, author and poet. As of 1 January 2012, he is currently a Senior Fellow at the Markfield Institute of Higher Education. His career highlights include having been the Dean of the Royal Air Force College for five years, a Director of the Royal Air Force Centre for Air Power Studies for four years, and the Head of King's College London's Air Power Studies Division for six years.
Dr Hayward's own teaching focus is nowadays on international politics, Just War and the ethics and ecological impact of modern conflict. He also researches and lectures on the Islamic laws and ethics of security. He is interested in both the influence of conflict on Islam and the influence of Islam on conflict.
He is the author or editor of nine books as well as many book chapters and journal articles, some of which have appeared in German, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish and Serbian translations. He is currently writing a new book for Kube Publishers to be titled "Prophet and Warrior: The Conduct and Justice of Muhammad's Military Campaigns."
In January 2012, the prestigious Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Amman, Jordan (affiliated with the highly respected and influential Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought), published his new monograph, "Warfare in the Qur'an".
He has lectured and provided specialist advice widely throughout Europe, Asia and beyond on various defence, security and ethics topics.
He maintains a small website at joelhayward.org
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