- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: August 22, 1998
Rare footage of the debut flight of the world's first jet fighter highlights this look at the last-ditch efforts of the Nazi air force.
In the closing months of World War II, as Allied tanks closed on Berlin and the world awaited the inevitable collapse of the Nazi regime, German scientists and engineers worked desperately to develop new weapons that might allow them to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. They came closer than anyone realized at the time.
LUFTWAFFE 1946 is an eye-opening look at the weapons the Germans were working on at the close of the war. See rare footage of the first-ever flight of the ME 262, the world's first operational jet fighter. Discover how the British foiled German attempts to buy minerals from Turkey that would have made the ME 262 a far more effective weapon. Find out how captured technology helped the U.S. Air Force develop post-war weapons, and see footage of U.S.-made V-1 ""buzzbombs"" being tested for use against Japan. And learn of abandoned German plans that might have swayed the outcome of the war, including long-range bombing attacks on the U.S. mainland.
Filled with previously classified footage, this is a compelling look at the last-ditch efforts of a dying regime that nonetheless changed the face of warfare.