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L017566 1941 AIRCRAFT IDENTIFICATION HAND BOOK.(Kriegsflugzeuge Handbuch)
BACKGROUND: Accurate visual aircraft identification was a basic skill required by all Luftwaffe personnel as well as personnel serving in the assorted civilian air-raid protection services. In order to assist personnel in visual aircraft identification the RLM, Reichsluftfahrtministerium, (Reich Ministry of Aviation), produced specific aircraft identification booklets on an annual basis from 1940 until 1944. Each year the booklets would be updated as new aircraft were introduced by the assorted nations involved in the conflict.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly 10cm x 14cm, one hundred twenty-eight page aircraft identification booklet compiled and produced in the summer of 1941 under the control of the RLM, Reichsluftfahrtministerium, (Reich Ministry of Aviation). The front cover features sepia toned artwork of two stylized German He 111 bombers in flight and blue printed script. The booklet examines aircraft from Germany, Italy and Great Britain and has numerous illustrations and line drawings covering armaments, bomb loads, tactics, and more. In all the book covers sixty different aircraft with over one hundred eighty-five photos and illustrations. The aircraft covered include thirteen German, nine Italian and thirty-eight assorted British, (USA), aircraft including all the major types. The Allied aircraft also have silhouette illustrations from different angles for ease of identification. The book shows light age yellowing, but all the pages are intact. Of Note: The aircraft identification books were issued annually and the 1942 issue covered seventy-five different aircraft from Germany, Italy, Great Britain, the United States, and the Soviet Union while the 1943 issue covered eighty-four different aircraft from Germany, Italy, Great Britain, the United States, and the Soviet Union.
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