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

n. German.
air force.
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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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There were opponents for the idea of dive bombing, such as Luftwaffe Field Marshall von Greim, who believed it would be difficult to train pilots to perform the diving maneuver.
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Having won the Battle of France, the Luftwaffe had re-grouped into three Luftflotten (air fleets).
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The effort, in which the Luftwaffe archives are only one of several ingenious tools, began in 2015 with the establishment of an organization called the European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative, or ESJF.
LIVES LOST RAF: 1,500 Luftwaffe: 2,580 (including missing airmen) AIRCRAFT DESTROYED RAF: 1,740 Luftwaffe: 1,970 FIGHTER PLANES RAF: Hurricane Mk1, Spitfire Mk1 Luftwaffe: Messerschmitt Bf 109E WINNING STRATEGY Success often depended on seeing your enemies first, outnumbering them or sneaking up from behind.
Shadow Over the Atlantic, the Luftwaffe and the U-Boats: 1943-45
ON SEPTEMBER 18, 1944, the advance party of the Royal Air Force occupied the large, hastily evacuated Luftwaffe base at Eindhoven in Holland.
Luftwaffe in Colour: From Glory to Defeat 1942-1945
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The November attack saw 441 bombers from Hitler's Luftwaffe attack, killing 450 people and badly injuring 54 others.