Focke Wulf Fw 200 Condor

Introduction

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Introduction

One of the major shortcomings of the German Luftwaffe during the Second World War was the almost total lack of long-range heavy bombers. Not long after the Germans had begun their assault on Great-Britain, they found themselves in need of a heavy bomber suitable for attacking the British convoys far out in the Atlantic Ocean. Since the need was urgent and the time to develop a new aircraft was too short, there was only one option open to them, converting the new airliner designed by Kurt Tank, the Focke Wulf Fw 200 Condor, to a bomber. Strangely, this became one of the most succesful conversions of the war, although the Condor was not ideally suited for this role. The success lay in the fact that British convoys were extremely vulnerable to and inadequately protected from aerial attacks.

Definitielijst

Luftwaffe
German air force.
Tank
A combat vehicle with heavy armour and heavy armament driving on tracks. The tank, despite its heavy weight, is very mobile and able to move along various types of terrain. These properties, along with heavy firepower and protecting armour, give the tank a big strike power.

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Focke-Wulf Fw 200 C "Condor" in the air in 1941.
(Source: Wikimedia)

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Translated by:
Arnold Palthe
Article by:
Arnold Palthe
Published on:
13-11-2015
Last edit on:
14-03-2017
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