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Kampfgeschwader were specialized bomber units in the Luftstreitkräfte during World War I and the Luftwaffe (usually flying only medium bombers or Schnellbombers) during World War II.

In World War I

Formally known as Kampfgeschwader der Obersten Heersleitung, or Kagohl for short, they were assets directly controlled by the Oberste Heeresleitung, the German Army's high command, rather than by army, corps, or division commanders.

Each Kagohl consisted of a headquarters element and six flights, or Kampfstaffeln, of bomber aircraft. Originally intended as strategic bombers, they were repurposed as tactical bombing units when it became apparent their aircraft did not have the range to reach strategic targets. In 1917, the Kagohls were reorganized into Bombengeschwader der Obersten Heersleitung (Bogohl) of three Bombenstaffeln (Bosta), each of six heavy bombers and several additional light bombers.

In World War II


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"Kagohl and Kasta units" posted by Dan_San_Abbott on The Aerodrome Forum at http://www.theaerodrome.com/forum/other-wwi-aviation/21274-kagohl-definition.html retrieved on 28 October 2009

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