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The insignia of the Luftwaffe during World War II, the Balkenkreuz

The Luftwaffe was an aerial warfare branch of the German Wehrmacht during World War II, and a branch of the Bundeswehr from the Cold War to the present. Initially the Luftwaffe was more powerful and modern than its foes during World War II. Possessing one of the first dedicated monowing fighters, as well as numerous ground-support aircraft like the Ju-87 Stuka and Ju-88A, the Luftwaffe was key to the German blitzkrieg strategy, striking at targets before the rest of the Wehrmacht forces arrived, and then continuing to provide support for the ground forces.

However, in spite of their early successes, many of their most skilled pilots and older aircraft were lost during a string of defeats on all fronts beginning with the Battle of Britain. The Stuka and other outdated craft in particular were at risk from increasingly-modernized Allied fighter craft like the Spitfire and P-51 Mustang. As the war wound down, not even the Me262, one of the world's first jet fighters, could save the Luftwaffe, as German industry was in shambles and was unable to produce the aircraft in large enough numbers to combat the Allied air campaign.

Battlefield 1942[]

In Battlefield 1942, the Luftwaffe is represented by the overall Wehrmacht on all maps. For the most part their aircraft are used in a supportive role during battle, as in El Alamein, due to the fact that they are incapable of capturing flags while in-flight. However, during an all-air battle such as the Battle of Britain, the Luftwaffe's Ju-88A and BF109s are used to destroy the British radio towers, which wins the overall battle.

Battlefield V[]

In Battlefield V, the Luftwaffe appear in both the Prologue and Under No Flag. During the Prologue, the player controls an unnamed German pilot of a Bf 109, codenamed Yellow-Seven, during an air interception mission of a Royal Air Force bombing raid over Hamburg in 1943.

The Luftwaffe are the main opposition faced during the singleplayer war story Under No Flag, in which a unit of the Special Boat Section as tasked with destroying German airbases in North Africa.

In the Raid on Rotterdam Grand Operation, the Luftwaffe are named as being responsible for bombing the city of Rotterdam into ruins between days 2 and 3. Depending on the circumstances, team announcers describe the event as either a desperate attempt to finally break the steadfast defenders, or as a mistake made in the midst of peace overtures by a British force on the verge of defeat.

In regular multiplayer, a random "weather event" on Devastation sees scripted Luftwaffe Ju-88s drop flares and explosive ordnance on the city center, potentially killing players on the ground.