In the first years of the war, a belt of searchlights, anti-aircraft guns, primitive radar stations, and specially assigned night fighter units was set up by the Germans to repel RAF bombing attacks. This belt stretched along the Belgian coast to Denmark and was nicknamed the “Kammhuber Line” after the staff officer who set it up, Josef Kammhuber, a Luftwaffe general. After the war, Kammhuber was arrested and held by the USA until his release in 1948. In 1955, Kammhuber entered the newly formed Federal German Airforce as Inspekteur der Bundesluftwaffe until his retirement in 1962. During his military career he served in the Royal Bavarian Army, in the postwar Reichswehr during the Weimar Republic, in the Luftwaffe of Nazi Germany, and finally in the Federal German Airforce.
Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/ View all posts by Charles McCain