Austin J Ruddy surveys some of the wide-ranging collectables that tell the story of the Luftwaffe’s campaign against Britain during World War Two.
Despite the enormous invasion threat of 1940-1941, Hitler’s land forces never crossed the Channel. However, it would be wrong to say that German forces didn’t attack or set foot in Britain: the Luftwaffe were the vanguard at the forefront of Nazi expansionism and regularly made lengthy incursions into British air space. At the same time, more than a thousand downed Luftwaffe personnel became captives of their target country.
For the collector of Luftwaffe militaria, there’s a comprehensive selection to choose from and a sizable chunk of items originates from downed airmen and their machines. Aircrew were equipped with a variety of clothing and equipment, such as flying goggles, oxygen masks, flight suits and boots, that are established collectables today.