The Abschwung was a widely used method of breaking off action. It consisted of rolling inverted, followed by a hard pull into a vertical dive and low-level pull out in the opposite direction.
Not recommended against a better-diving opponent.
Übergabeappell in der Blücher-Kaserne: Generalleutnant Peter Schelzig hat Generalmajor Volker Zimmer (r.) in den Ruhestand entlassen.
„Es war für mich eine Ehre, hier und Ihr Divisionskommandeur gewesen zu sein. Aber nun melde ich mich ab.“ Das waren die letzten Worte Generalmajors Volker Zimmer in seiner Funktion als Kommandeur der 4. Luftwaffendivision in Aurich.
Die 4. Luftwaffendivision in Aurich wird nun von Brigadegeneral Dieter Dammjacob befehligt.
On 29 June 2013 the last operational squadron of McDonnell Douglas F-4F Phantom IIs was retired from service in the Luftwaffe.
Thank you McDonnell Douglas for the best fighter aircraft of the Luftwaffe after World War II that served Germany for 40 years with pride and honour.
(Original text taken from the inside cover of the Luftwaffe pay-book)
- The German soldier fights fairly to win victory for his people. Acts of cruelty and unnecessary destruction are unworthy of him.
- The combatant must be in uniform or be identified by a specially introduced, clearly visible emblem. Fighting in civilian clothes without such a marking is forbidden.
- No opponent who surrenders may be killed, not even irregulars or spies. These will be suitably punished by the courts.
- Prisoners of war may not be mistreated or abused. Weapons, maps and diagrams are to be confiscated. No other possessions may be taken.
- Dum-dum bullets are prohibited. It is also forbidden to make such ammunition by adapting normal rounds.
- The Red Cross is protected. Injured opponents are to be treated humanely. Doctors and field chaplains may not be hindered in their medical or pastoral work.
- The civil population is inviolable. A soldier is not permitted to plunder or deliberately to destroy. Historic monuments and buildings used for religious services, the arts, sciences or charitable purposes are to be particularly respected. Goods or services provided by the population may only be used when so ordered by a superior and only against recompense.
- Neutral territory may not be included in acts of warfare either by trespassing, overflying or shelling.
- If a German soldier is captured he must give his name and rank when asked. He may not, under any circumstances, divulge information about his unit, or about the military, political and economic conditions in Germany. He must not be persuaded by either promises or threats so to do.
- Contravention of the above orders in official matters is punishable. Violation of principles 1-8 above by the enemy should be reported. Acts of retaliation are permissible only if ordered by a higher military authority.