Rise of the Luftwaffe & The Grand Fleet

The Rise Of The Luftwaffe by Herbert Molloy Mason Jr.
Published by Ballantine Books Inc. on July 12th 1975
Genres: History
Pages: 403
Format: Ebook
Source: NetGalley

I decided to review these two historical non-fiction books together, as one is relatively short, and would probably not warrant a review post on its own. The two books are:

  • The Rise of the Luftwaffe by Herbert Molloy Mason
  • The Grand Fleet by H.C. Ferraby

The Rise of the Luftwaffe

The Rise of the Luftwaffe concerns the fallout from the first world war, and follows the development of air power in Germany, and to a lesser degree the allied powers. The book is concerned mostly with the technological and political developments which contributed to the Luftwaffe’s initial supremacy throughout the late 1930s, and the first few years of the Second World War.

If you are looking for a book which is a comprehensive history of the air war, this is definitely not the book for you – this book concerns itself with the people behind the scenes, rather than the traditional ‘heroes’ of the story who are the aces.

From the title of the book, one shouldn’t be surprised that it basically stops around the start of the Battle of Britain, although it summarises the Luftwaffe’s failings in the latter two-thirds of the war. It does not however seek to mythologise either Blitzkrieg tactics, or the Luftwaffe in general, and is at times quite brutally honest.

I found that it was an interesting look at the people who were behind the scenes, and were responsible for the development of the Luftwaffe. It covered some material I had not read before, and was very well-written.


The Grand Fleet

The author states at the beginning of this book that it is not intended for the naval expert, and is intended to serve as a primer for the types of ship, and fleet arrangements that existed in the early 20th Century, and compares the development of naval power in England and Germany.

I guess in today’s age where information is readily available through the internet, this book is now something of an anachronism, although it was written contemporaneously.

For the information it attempts to cover, it is comprehensive, but I don’t think it substantially adds to the information which is now available.

I received review copies of the above books from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating Report
Overall: four-stars

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