Flak an Rhein und Ruhr (Flak on the Rhine and Ruhr Rivers) by Dr. Harald Seiler was published by Luftgaukommando VI of Münster in Westfalen in 1942. The 8-1/8 x 11-5/8 inch, 64 page hardcover book has 54 images showing military-themed oil paintings, water colours and illustrations, 51 in colour and 4 in black & white.
The amazing art in this book was produced by members of the Wehrmacht stationed in the western German industrial heartland between the Rhein and Ruhr rivers. The introduction points out that the heart of the German war industry was a constant target for Allied bombers, and that as the war went on the men of the deutsche Flakartillerie became more and more important to the defense of the German homeland and an ever greater danger to Allied aircraft.
The subjects depicted in this unusual Nazi war art book are not the usual battlefield scenes, but Flak towers and installations, Wehrmacht defense towers protecting factories, railways, harbors, cities, important bridges, etc. The artists were very talented and their art is beautifully reproduced on glossy high-quality paper even though the book was printed in the middle of the war. This is a reflection of the important role this book would play in helping to boost civilian morale and confidence in the Reich’s defences against the almost nightly terror attacks by the RAF and USAAF who deliberately targeted civilian dwellings (today considered a war crime).
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