The Most Dangerous Enemy 3: The Assailant
In chapter three, Bungay gives us an analysis of the Luftwaffe, its organisation, key personnel, and equipment.
This is a good chapter. It comes up with many well-sourced insights on the byzantine politics that comprised the daily life at the top of a Nazi organisation (in short, the Nazis liked playing their top people against each other, and the Luftwaffe was no exception).
It also lucidly describes the organisation of the Luftflotten, down to Geschwader level.
I have a few quibbles though:
- The piece on the Messerschmitt Bf-109 is rather short, and dwells more on its shortcomings, like a narrow landing gear, high torque and consequently dangerous takeoff behaviour, than on its strenghts.
- Again, Bungay can’t refrain from psychological speculation, tying Göring’s behaviour at this point in time and later in the war to his morphine addiction.
Overall, an informative, well-written chapter with some flaws.