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When the Luftwaffe mounted its devastating attack on Coventry, for instance, industrial production returned to its normal levels within five days. Had the Luftwaffe returned once or twice, Coventry could have remained unproductive for a long period, but months elapsed before the next attack. Even more significantly, the Luftwaffe failed to match its target list to the size of its bomber force. The Luftwaffe might have been able to knock out Fighter Command had it concentrated on that one objective, or it might have been able to destroy the control and reporting system.

This allowed a large number of pilots to gain experience of long-range navigation and modern aircraft, and Lufthansa also developed long-range radio navigation aids, predecessors to the equipment used by pathfinders like the KG 100 during the Second World War. As time passed, the German cover-stories became steadily more outrageous, and eventually included Do 11 C bombers flying night bomber-navigation exercises under the auspices of the State Railways Inspectorate! Mter the appointment of Hitler as Chancellor in 1933, Milch was appointed Secretary of State in the Air Ministry, under Goring as Minister.

Over-statement, there is no doubt that Hitler was essentially a land-based military thinker, obsessed with the concept of taking and holding territory. The development and growth of the Luftwaffe can only be seen in this light. Because Hitler shaped overall strategic thinking to an unparalleled degree, it was ,inevitable that air power could only ever be an adjunct to the land forces of the Wehrmacht, a force whose sole purpose was to 'clear the way' and make things easier for the advance of ground troops and tanks.

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