"From overhead, from a German camera-angle"

This angle is the tilted camera angle, a staple of German expressionist cinema. It is also known as the Dutch Tilt, the Oblique Angle and the Batman Angle. It has since become a hackneyed manoeuvre  reviled by critics. More thorough analysis of the rise and fall of the technique can be found here.

Here, the viewpoint implies the perspective of a German pilot or rocket.