Images of War - Luftwaffe Flak and Field Divisions 1939-1945Автор:
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From the outset of WW2, Goring's Luftwaffe Flak units saw extensive fighting with their 2cm, 3.7cm and deadly 8.8cm anti-aircraft guns. By the time of Hitler's invasion of Russia, Luftwaffe ground forces had been expanded and were being used in both the army support and air roles.
After initial success on the Eastern Front turned to stalemate and huge losses, Hitler ordered the raising of Luftwaffe Field Divisions to bolster the Army. These were initially under Goring's command but in late 1943 were handed over to the Army and reorganized as standard infantry divisions (of three two-battalion rifle regiments) retaining Luftwaffe designations. The most famous was the elite Hermann Goring Divisions, which was reorganized as a Panzer Division.