Written by: Colin D. Heaton & Anne-Marie Lewis
Type: Hardcover, eBook
Publisher: Zenith Press
Published: November 14, 2011
ISBN-13: 978-0760341155 Rating:
From the inside flap: Walter Krupinski: 197 victories
Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves; German Cross in Gold; Wound Badge in Gold
Adolf Galland: 104 victories
Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords, and Diamonds; Spanish Cross in Gold
with Diamonds; German Cross in Gold
Eduard Neumann: 13 victories
Iron Cross Second and First Class; Spanish Cross; German Cross in Gold
Wolfgang Falck: 8 victories
These four prominent and influential Luftwaffe fighter pilots reminisce candidly about their service in World War II in The German Aces Speak. Although all were decorated by the Third Reich for their exemplary performance, this is not to say they followed the Nazi Party without question—indeed, none of them were card-carrying National Socialists. Between their duty to serve their country in war and the erratic and immoral leadership of Adolf Hitler and Hermann Göring, these men elected to follow their own code of honor in combat. Although true to their oaths as German warriors, in the end they felt they and their countrymen had been betrayed by Hitler and the Nazis.
Colin Heaton personally interviewed these air combat leaders, aces all, gathering their unique perspective on World War II and the Nazi leadership. From thrilling air battles to battles on the ground with their own commanders, these stories bring the past to life in the aces’ own words.
WRG Watercooler Review by Scott D. Rose This book contains interviews and stories from four Luftwaffe pilot. Walter Krupinski and Adolf Galland, who are two of the more famous Luftwaffe aces, and Eduard Neumann and Wolfgang Falck. The latter two might be less well know but are equally intersting in there own right. The way this book is presented it feels less like a documentary style and more like a transcript of a pleasant conversation in a pub somewhere with these pilots telling war stories. It was a pleasant read and I would recommend it to anyone interested in World War II aviators. WARBIRDS RESOURCE GROUP > BOOKS > PREVIOUS PAGE