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The German air force before and during World War II.

[German : Luft, air (from Middle High German, from Old High German) + Waffe, weapon (from Middle High German wāfen, from Old High German waffan).]


(Military) the German Air Force
[C20: German, literally: air weapon]


(ˈlʊftˌvɑf ə)

n. German.
air force.


1. A German word meaning air weapon, used for the German airforce.
2. The German air force.
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Noun1.Luftwaffe - the German airforce
air force, airforce - the airborne branch of a country's armed forces
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A SECOND World War veteran has been reunited with a long-lost dagger that he took from a Luftwaffe officer more than 70 years ago.
ON SEPTEMBER 18, 1944, the advance party of the Royal Air Force occupied the large, hastily evacuated Luftwaffe base at Eindhoven in Holland.
Bridges, extremely difficult to destroy and routinely defended by Luftwaffe fighters, were assigned to squadrons of P--47 Thunderbolt fighter-bombers.
Luftwaffe in Colour: From Glory to Defeat 1942-1945
Fighter Command's Air War 1941: RAF Circus Operations and Fighter Sweeps Against the Luftwaffe
The November attack saw 441 bombers from Hitler's Luftwaffe attack, killing 450 people and badly injuring 54 others.
The Nazis continued their attacks throughout the winter of 1940-41 only ending them when the Luftwaffe moved east in preparation for its attack on the Soviet Union.
It is 76 years since the Battle of Britain raged in the skies above England as the RAF fought to gain air supremacy against Hitler's Luftwaffe.
The north-east fishing port of Peterhead was the second most bombed place in Britain after London, according to author Les Taylor in his book Luftwaffe Over Scotland.
The occasion was celebrated at Camp Mazar-e-Sharif together with the Luftwaffe.
To the north, the Inland Revenue and BBC Light Entertainment relocated from London to Bangor to escape heavy bombing but, situated on the Luftwaffe flight path to the Merseyside docks, Bangor received hits along with Llandudno and Holyhead.