Aircraft of the Battle of Britain by William Green

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The military took the outstanding JU 52, Lufthansa's main commercial aircraft, and later converted it into a bomber. Erhard Milch took part in the development of the airline and its coordination with the military through the offices of Hermann Göring. Göring, the former World War I fighter pilot and in the 1930s a high ranking Nazi in political office, created the Luftwaffe in March 1935 while General Milch directed its development in the 1930s. During the 1930s many future pilots received their basic flying skills in glider clubs throughout Germany.

The combat blocks of the GOs were more closely grouped by the entrance blocks. Some of the guns in casemates actually faced the direction of the enemy instead of the flanks and were protected by a heavier concrete and armor shield. With smaller garrisons and fewer combat blocks, these ouvrages still had firepower similar to those of the Maginot Line Proper, and many of their combat blocks were larger than those of the main line since they mounted combinations of artillery weapons instead of only two to three weapons of one type.

For large combat units of 1921 was revised in 1936. The French armored division could field only half the vehicles of its enemy counterpart, the German panzer division. When the war began, the French had more tanks, but fewer armored divisions than their opponent because they allotted many armored vehicles to independent tank battalions (infantry support units) rather than armored divisions. Most French vehicles in these units were equal to, or better than, the German ones, especially the B-1's and SOMUAs.

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