Drawing on rare footage from the weekly newsreels this is the combat history of the He 111 on all fronts as witnessed by German cinema audiences during the Second World War.
The Heinkel He 111 was the infamous Luftwaffe medium bomber which flew combat operations from 1939 through to 1944.
Designed in secret in the early 1930s this aircraft was often described as the “Wolf in sheep’s clothing” as it masqueraded as a transport aircraft in order to circumvent The Treaty Of Versailles.
The He 111 is the best-recognised German bomber of the war. It was the primary Luftwaffe bomber during the early stages of World War II and stood up well as a combat capable aircraft in Spain, Poland and France. The Battle of Britain cruelly exposed its shortcomings, but it proved capable of sustaining heavy damage and remaining airborne. As the war progressed the He 111 was used in a variety of roles on every front. It was used as a strategic bomber during the Battle of Britain, a torpedo bomber during the Battle of the Atlantic, a tactical bomber and latterly a transport aircraft.