The German Aces Speak: World War II Through the Eyes of Four of the Luftwaffe's Most Important Commanders

The German Aces Speak: World War II Through the Eyes of Four of the Luftwaffe's Most Important Commanders

Colin D. Heaton Anne-Marie Lewis Jon Guttman Robin Olds Kurt Schulze / Feb 17, 2020
The German Aces Speak World War II Through the Eyes of Four of the Luftwaffe s Most Important Commanders For the first time four German WWII pilots share their side of the story Few perspectives epitomize the sheer drama and sacrifice of combat perfectly than those of the fighter pilots of World War II
  • Title: The German Aces Speak: World War II Through the Eyes of Four of the Luftwaffe's Most Important Commanders
  • Author: Colin D. Heaton Anne-Marie Lewis Jon Guttman Robin Olds Kurt Schulze
  • ISBN: 9780760341155
  • Page: 270
  • Format: Hardcover
  • For the first time, four German WWII pilots share their side of the story Few perspectives epitomize the sheer drama and sacrifice of combat perfectly than those of the fighter pilots of World War II As romanticized as any soldier in history, the WWII fighter pilot was viewed as larger than life a dashing soul waging war amongst the clouds In the sixty five plus yFor the first time, four German WWII pilots share their side of the story Few perspectives epitomize the sheer drama and sacrifice of combat perfectly than those of the fighter pilots of World War II As romanticized as any soldier in history, the WWII fighter pilot was viewed as larger than life a dashing soul waging war amongst the clouds In the sixty five plus years since the Allied victory, stories of these pilots heroics have never been in short supply But what about their adversaries the highly skilled German aviators who pushed the Allies to the very brink of defeat Of all of the Luftwaffe s fighter aces, the stories of Walter Krupinski, Adolf Galland, Eduard Neumann, and Wolfgang Falck shine particularly bright In The German Aces Speak, for the first time in any book, these four prominent and influential Luftwaffe fighter pilots reminisce candidly about their service in World War II Personally interviewed by author and military historian Colin Heaton, they bring the past to life as they tell their stories about the war, their battles, their lives, and, perhaps most importantly, how they felt about serving under the Nazi leadership of Hermann G ring and Adolf Hitler From thrilling air battles to conflicts on the ground with their own commanders, the aces memories disclose a side of World War II that has gone largely unseen by the American public the experience of the German pilot.
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      • Colin D. Heaton Anne-Marie Lewis Jon Guttman Robin Olds Kurt Schulze

        Former soldier and Marine scout sniper, former history professor, military historian, consultant to historians, TV and film, and author.


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    1. THE GERMAN ACES SPEAK which I finished reading a short time ago is one of the best books of its kind that I ve yet read Each of the 4 former Luftwaffe fighter pilots who were interviewed had served in a variety of commands, both combat and administrative, throughout the Second World War And in the case of both Adolf Galland and Eduard Neumann, both also served as combat pilots with the Condor Legion in the Spanish Civil War The Condor Legion was a German military unit which supported the Nationa [...]


    2. I just finished reading The German Aces Speak World War II Through the Eyes of the Luftwaffe s Most Important Commanders I had high hopes for this book when I first saw it on I was not disappointed To tell you simply that it is comprised of the stories of four of Germany s top fighter aces from World War Two as conveyed to the author would be accurate, but it would not do justice to this book It is a refreshing and fascinating look into the lives and minds of great military men from the other si [...]


    3. In the first of what I hope will be several volumes, four Luftwaffe aces speak about their wartime experiences, and very candidly I might add Adolf Galland is probably the most famous of the four, and since I read his memoir over 30 years ago it was nice to get a bit of a refresher Edu Neumann s chapter is the shortest, but very interesting He was Hans Joachim Marseille s commander and thus offers plenty of anecdotes and insights about one of the Luftwaffe s brightest stars Walter Krupinski is o [...]


    4. I received a free copy of this book through a Good Reads First Read giveaway Thanks The old saying is, often than not, true history is written by the victors This is an important book to truly grasp what the enemy was going through during WWII A great humanizing look Recommended read for any WWII or history buff or those who just want a better idea of what happened to those on the other side of the fight.


    5. This is obvious a niche book that most would not find interesting, but as a military history buff and a former student at the United States Air Force Academy the book was very interesting to me Of the four German aces featured in this book by far the most well known was Adolf Galland, the young fighter pilot elevated to the rank of general and the leader of the first jet fighter squadron in history However, each man was for the most part an ordinary career military professional who just happened [...]



    6. Old German Fighter Pilots Tell Great StoriesI could not put this book down These men were true leaders and elite pilots Their stories are nothing less than fascinating I only regret the book wasn t longer I will reread this book one day.


    7. I don t know why, but all the reviews for this book seem to be over in the spot for the second book in this series That doesn t make sense to me so here I am in this poor little neglected part of the internet.Alright, so biographies are not something that I usually read I like history, I just wish there were book that could teach it in a less boring manner Less droning on with endless facts and dates In other words I need books similar to this one.I found this when it was one of the Kindle dai [...]


    8. This is an important book.It s important because it s a reminder that good people doing things for a good reason can find themselves doing those things in the service of monsters.It s important because it shows that true gentlemen warriors, men of principle, discipline, and strong morals, were not the exception in Nazi Germany s Luftwaffe, but the rule.And it s important because it highlights the importance of humanity in war In this book, it s not the shots and lives that are taken that matter, [...]


    9. An interesting and fascinating read about the lives of four German pilots from just before WWII through to their post war lives The bulk of each story is about their time during the war, what they did, what they faced, and their personal interactions with their peers, opponents, and leaders Some truly memorable stories and insights Well written and engrossing I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone interested in other people s experiences, or want to learn about WWII from anoth [...]


    10. Great book that features four of the Luftwaffe s most infamous pilots via transcripts of conversations the author had with each pilot in the late 1990s I was struck by the human element of this book in many ways hearing the story straight from the German pilots blocks some elements of objectivity, but the stories that emerge are interesting and worth knowing The book also has a fairly complete list of Luftwaffe pilots who scored victories in WWII.


    11. Remember that this is not one story, but four separate interviews with four separate men, that has been bound together into this book Some are better than others, and one rambles a little bit They all remembered major events like the fighters revolt against Goering in January 1945, and it is interesting to see how each man viewed those events.


    12. Enlightening Account of the Air War from Leading German AcesAs a former pilot in the U.S Air Force, I could easily follow the war stories, including details regarding the different aircraft, tactics, etc I also appreciated the insights from the Aces on Hitler, Goering, and others in leadership positions in the Nazi regime.


    13. Great book Men of honor and integrity These four men hated the Nazi party and what it stood for, they fought for their country proudly even when they knew the war was lost Pioneers of the jet age, the first men to fly combat in the jet powered Me 262


    14. Heaton has collected an outstanding look at 4 of the Luftwaffe s greatest in one book I found their view of what happened to be quite enlightening and well worth the read A must read if you re into WWII history in the air.


    15. I would love to win this book Being from German descent, our family is very interested in reading about German history


    16. A really good book It is such a pity this was not done 30 years ago when the men involved could of got the recognition they deserve.


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