Title: Die Augen des OKW. Fernaufklärer: Teil 1
Subtitle: Die Chronik des Versuchsverbandes des Ob. d. L. bzw. des OKL von 1943 bis 1945
Author(s): Horn, Jan
Hardcover: 342 pages
Publisher: (07-15, 2021)
Size (LxBxH): --.- 0 x --,- x -,- cm
'The Versuchsverband des Oberbefehlshabers der Luftwaffe (The Experimental Unit of the Commander-in-Chief of the Luftwaffe) is probably one of the most secretive units of the German Air Force, not least because hardly any records or documents on this unit were still available after the end of the Second World War. The Versuchsverband was re-formed in 1943 by renaming the 4. (F)/Ob. d. L. and the "Gruppe Gartenfeld", which had been established on behalf of the Oberkommando, as a result of a demand by the OKWt.
The tasks of this new unit were multiple and ranged from strategic and tactical reconnaissance for the OKW, via the "transport role" for the OKW-Amtsgruppe Ausland/Abwehr/Fremde Heere (Foreign Defence Group/Foreign Armies) to aircraft operational testing for all weapons, but especially for the General der Aufklärungsflieger (General of Reconnaissance Aircraft). In February 1944, the 2.Staffel, as the Gartenfeld Group was called from 1943 onwards, was separated from the unit and formed the basis for a new combat squadron - the KG200.'