The Luftwaffe in the Soviet Union

For the invasion of the Soviet Union commencing on 21 June 1941, the Luftwaffe deployed 2,703 aircraft with 2,080 being operational for a 70% operating ratio. Yet the wear and tear on aircraft during the first six months of the German invasion was such that by 10 January 1942, the Luftwaffe only deployed 1,591 aircraft on the entire Eastern Front of which only 633 were operational for an operating ratio of only 40%.

(Source: Stopped at Stalingrad: The Luftwaffe and Hitler’s Defeat in the East, 1942-1943 by Joel S. A. Hayward)

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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/

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