The Russians did not have a strategic air arm either, and still they got their job done, by wining the land war.
Dave Saxton wrote:However, what I'm really talking about is what roles the Luftwaffe was designed for. It was not well suited to project offensive power beyond the ground battle field, particularly in a naval context in the west and the Med. It never developed the capability to bomb Soviet industry and transportation/staging infrastructure.
It may have been that they did not have the resources and numbers of skilled personal to build both a tactical and a strategic airforce. Add to this the imperative of absolutely needing a naval airforce under naval command. But Goeing's lust for power and control didn't help in this regard.
Dave Saxton wrote:The Luftwaffe had some of the best and most skilled personal in the world and most of their equipment were good throughout. For example, in the hands of skilled pilot the BF-109 was still competetive late war and the FW-190 should be ranked along with such as the Spitfire and the Mustang among fighters. In defense, the Jagdwaffe under Galland performed extremely well as long as they could.
alecsandros wrote:Later in the war, the Luftwaffe was fighting in North Africa, the eastern front, and also protecting the skies of France and the lower countries.
They could not hope to keep up with that....
A naval airforce... would have been a formidable weapon... And having 2 carriers early in the war... equipped with the naval variants of the Me109 and Ju87 would have been remarkable...
alecsandros wrote:... I think the Me-109K and FW-190D were overall superior aircraft to the late-war Spitfires and Mustangs. .
ede144 wrote:The Luftwaffe had plans for a strategic bomber like the Ju 89 as early as 1936. After Walter Wever died, plans were changed because one could build 2.5 medium bomber like the HE111 for one Ju89. In the 30s the HE 111 was faster than Allied fighters.The LLuftwaffe did count on it. And did not develop a long range fighter
alecsandros wrote:... The bombings certainly helped the Russians in their efforts, but they would have got the job done regardless of that.
The German collapse in the east started 1 year before the strategic air offensive started to bear fruit...
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