Luftwaffe: The Eagle Strikes
Literally meaning 'Air Weapon', the Luftwaffe became the most formidable fighting force of the 20th Century. Like a phoenix from the ashes, Germany's brand new air force rose from the debris of World War One - to rapidly become the most feared fighting machine of Nazi Germany.
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