Luftwaffe Marches. Volume One. The Luftwaffe—literally “air weapon”—was the newest and most technically advanced of German military units. Created in 1935, it could not, as the other service branches, draw from a long tradition of march compositions and songs. However, creative minds and hands soon went to work, and an excellent assortment of modern campaign songs and marches was composed to honor these Knights of the Sky and their heroic deeds. The Paratrooper divisions, under overall command of the Luftwaffe, were given their own song, “Rot scheint die Sonne” (“Red Shines the Sun”), contained on cut 8. Additionally, cuts 2 and 3 contain the official songs of the Legion Kondor, the all-volunteer Luftwaffe contingent sent to assist Gen. Franco in fighting the International Communist hordes then destroying peaceful, Christian Spain. This CD includes: 1. Prinz Max Brigade; 2. Bombenflieger Marsch; 3. Revere Marsch; 4. Militärsignal Marsch; 5. Flieger Empor!; 6. Flieger sind Sieger; 7. Graf Zeppelin Marsch; 8. Rot scheint die Sonne; 9. Lied der Junkers Flug- und Motorenwerke; 10. Es blitzen die stählernen Schwingen; 11. Hermann Göring Marsch; 12. Stuka Lied.
Oakleaf Records, founded in 1971, was the first to make these rare and often suppressed recordings available to American collectors. Over the years others have attempted, without success, to imitate our pioneering efforts. Note: These Oakleaf CDs were all made from the original audio cassettes. Apparently, the studio sometimes treated each “side” – as opposed to each “song” – as a “track”, resulting in only two tracks, even though all the songs are present.