By Manfred Griehl
109 images; 10 in colour 7 x 10 Operation Barbarossa, Hitler's invasion of Russia, opened with an extraordinary point of ferocity, and the Luftwaffe's bombers have been on the vanguard of the motion. German bombers introduced raid after raid opposed to a number of objectives and performed a vital position within the fast conquest of sizeable tracts of land. German bombers have been referred to as upon to fly in stipulations which diversified from the warmth of the Crimea to the frozen wastes of the Arctic. because the tide became, the Luftwaffe took heavy punishment and, by way of the top of the battle, Hitler's bombers have been flying more and more determined missions meant to stem the development of the purple military. Manfred Griehl has drawn on his personal targeted archive to offer infrequent photos of the German bombers and their crews in motion and at the floor. German Bombers over Russia is a massive addition to the Luftwaffe at warfare sequence and a important consultant to a very important air crusade. Manfred Griehl is a revered historian with a distinct photographic archive, focusing on Luftwaffe operations of global struggle II.
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On a single bomb rack under the fuselage there is one SD 500 armour-piercing demolition bomb. Despite the weather the crews of KG 4 and the other operational units carried out several attacks on enemy supply lines to reduce the pressure on German ground forces during the winter of 1943/44. -Lm. LUFlWAFFE AT WAR: G E W EJ3EdBMRS OVER RUSSIA Fow: or eight supply containers, each equipped with its own parachute, could be carried inside an He lllH-6 and similarly equipped versions of the medium bomber.
Left: Here we see the Do 172, 5K+HR, of 7 Staffel of KG 3 'Blitz'again, this time manned by a German crew. Because of the poor performance of these twin-engined bombers they were withdrawn. The I11 Gruppe of KG 3 then received Ju 88A-5s which were themselves replaced by more powerful A-4s early in 1942. Above: This He 111H-5was flown by crews of 6 Smflel of KG 53. The unit was one of the very fi few LtlptWaffebomber units which were used for pathfinder missions. On the top of Al+MP's fu~dge rhe large antenna of the Y-equipment be $em The frontal armament comprised an MG FF (20 mm cannon) in the A-position and an dditional MG 15 above.
It was shot down by the Red Army. Right: The cockpit of the same F6+4K being examined by Red Army soldiers. During the crash the cockpit section was destroyed. The wireless equipment can be made out at the rear of the cabin. Not much has remained intact. 45 Above: Long-range reconnaissance units were essential to a successful air war. This Ju 88D-1 of 2(F)/Aufilarungsgruppe 22, coded 4N+, was engaged in operations over the northern part of the Eastern Front. It seems that the crew is celebrating the completion of a large number of missions.
German Bombers Over Russia by Manfred Griehl