Always the war is a powerful leverage used by countries to fulfill their political needs.
This induce a well known connection between war and propaganda.
Indeed, the propaganda was used to an an extraordinary high level during all the WWII (and, may be, ever during the present days)....
The true Hitler's goals
The Hitler’s goals were to transform the North Europa in a huge German land.
For that purpose, the Führer needed the alliance of the South Europa (Spain and Italy) and the neutrality of the United Kingdom.
- this nation was a potential and powerful military threat behind him if he attack the Est side of Europa ;
- since the 18th century, France had developed and exported a lot of concepts which are absolutely deadly for all politics based on inequality between people (concepts obviously contradictory to the own French colonization policy...) ;
- France had a real love for the Democracy, even the actual 3rd Republic was very "special" on this point of view (the women were excluded from votes).
He need a moral annihilation of this nation.
Depriving the geographical unity of the country by the annexion of Alsace was running the same way.
This was not sufficient for Hitler.
These two generals jostled the French Staff (may be the oldest one in the world, thoroughly cleared - by the IIIrd Republic politicians - from any general able to renew the French military methods).
The idea was to break the front before the French troops can understand what happened to them.
French soldiers fought fiercely, as during the Stonne battle where the German Gross Deutschland elite division and the 1st Panzerdivizion clashed from May 15 to May 25 with total losses of 26500 casualties among them 3000 KIA, three times more than the French losses, as also during the Hannut tanks battle, as also the Abbeville offensive of De Gaulle, who induced real panics in the German troops.
The German losses? Largely underestimated from 1939 to 1941
The best example is given in his book Famous Fighters of the Second World War by William Green (p. 11, vol. 1, 1960) when he wrote “the tendency to swing on take off and landing [of the Messerscmitt Bf 109]” "contributed substantially" to the accidental loss of 1500 fighters in the first two years of the war.
- 67 during the Battle for Poland,
- 205 during the Battle of France and
- 610 during the Battle of Britain.
100 losses for both Norvegian and Balkanik operations.
One may estimate losses during the Barabarossa until September 1941 operation to be at most 400 fighters
This giving a grand total of about 1400 losses "claimed".
The Jagdwaffe pilots would have been more dangerous for themselves than the pilots who fought against them (!).
I cannot believe such a fairy tale.
The only self dangerous pilots are those who cannot fly sufficiently.
During these 2 years, the German pilots suffered no flight restriction at all and they were excellent.
Its would be absolutely reasonable to think the losses of German fighters were twice of the claimed ones.