The primary objective of this source edition is to provide readers with original
documents, allowing them to form their own impression of the development,
manufacture and operation of the Heinkel He 162. By linking this accumulated data with
the historical situation of those times, we hope to have facilitated a more objective
assessment of the “Volksjäger” project.
For the purposes of this book, around 200 file documents were selected from a
multitude of material on the Heinkel He 162 and reproduced in their original state.
Complementing them are some 140 photographs, some of them unpublished hitherto,
50 scale drawings, 30 colour plates and innumerable citations from contemporary
documents, teleprints, orders, lectures, reviews and intelligence reports.
Rounding off the publication is a comprehensive Annex giving details of propulsion
units, camouflage schemes, armament, the cockpit, plus the various versions of the