Nations at war try to understand, anticipate, and counter what their enemy is going to do. Intelligence gathering by any means available was used to try and understand the other side.
The US had many levels of intelligence gathering from the capturing enemy soldier at the front to see what unit they belonged to, radio intercepts, reading captured documents, all the way back to the computer lab back in the USA (yes, the IBM sorters and counting machines were in effect mechanical computers) to try and crack both coded messages, operational tactics, command structure, new equipment, and where units were located.
The most feared attack by a bomber crew faced was the head-on 12 O'Clock high pass by an FW 190 - as seen in this captured German gun camera clip.
Found in an antique shop,
this is a photo
of an unknown Luftwaffe
of the German Air Force.
It had been ripped out
of an album and sold to
an antique dealer.
During World War Two the US Military printed up a Technical Manual (TM) on the German military called TM-E-30-451 and the one I have was published in March of 1945. This 635 page book covered everything about the German military: field kitchens, infantry equipment, aircraft, tanks, insignia, medals, tactics, organizational structure and so on. This TM is where this Luftwaffe information came from.
Most are in PDF format and are around 1/2 meg in size.
Technical Equipment Information
Here is a known Luftwaffe Sgt: Heinrich Artur Shirmacher. His grandson stated he was a ground Luftwaffe person.
And of course life really did go on, here he is with his bride on his wedding day. Close up formal and informal photos certainly help in showing how to wear insignia and medals properly. All armies emphasize proper wearing the the uniform.
As time permits other technical and statistical data about the Luftwaffe will be placed within this section. The same will be done for the 8th Air force type information and will be laid out in the same pattern.