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



[Ebook] ➡ The German Aces Speak II: World War II Through the Eyes of Four More of the Luftwaffe's Most Important Commanders By Colin D. Heaton – E17streets4all.co.uk The much anticipated sequel to The German Aces Speak gives voice to four of WWII s most noteworthy German pilots When The German Aces Speak published in , Air Space Smithsonian magazine welcomed Colin The much anticipated sequel to Aces Speak Kindle Ð The German Aces Speak gives voice to four of WWII s most noteworthy The German ePUB Æ German pilots When The German Aces Speak published in , Air Space Smithsonian magazine welcomed Colin Heaton s and German Aces Speak PDF ✓ Anne Marie Lewis s masterful command of interview based narrative, writing, what might have been numbing recitations of dogfights are instead vivid descriptions of life as a warrior during World War II Indeed, it is this unexpected perspective, brought to life by the authors neutrality and thoughtful research, that illuminates a side of war largely hidden from the American public the experience of the German Luftwaffe pilot In The German Aces Speak II, Heaton and Lewis paint a picture of the war through the eyes of four of Germany s most significant pilots Johannes Steinhoff, Erich Alfred Hartmann, Guther Rall, and Dieter Hrabak put together from numerous interviews personally conducted by Heaton from the s through the s The four ex Luftwaffe fighter aces bring the past to life as they tell their stories about the war, their battles, their off duty lives, their lives after the war, and, perhaps most importantly, how they felt about serving under the Nazi leadership of Hermann G ring and Adolf Hitler Together, the memories of the events captured in The German Aces Speak II continue one of today s most unique World War II book series, unearthing a facet of the war that has gone widely overlooked for the American public.The German Aces Speak II: World War II Through the Eyes of Four More of the Luftwaffe's Most Important Commanders

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    The German Aces Speak II: World War II Through the Eyes of are instead vivid descriptions of life as a warrior during World War II Indeed, it is this unexpected perspective, brought to life by the authors neutrality and thoughtful research, that illuminates a side of war largely hidden from the American public the experience of the German Luftwaffe pilot In The German Aces Speak II, Heaton and Lewis paint a picture of the war through the eyes of four of Germany s most significant pilots Johannes Steinhoff, Erich Alfred Hartmann, Guther Rall, and Dieter Hrabak put together from numerous interviews personally conducted by Heaton from the s through the s The four ex Luftwaffe fighter aces bring the past to life as they tell their stories about the war, their battles, their off duty lives, their lives after the war, and, perhaps most importantly, how they felt about serving under the Nazi leadership of Hermann G ring and Adolf Hitler Together, the memories of the events captured in The German Aces Speak II continue one of today s most unique World War II book series, unearthing a facet of the war that has gone widely overlooked for the American public."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 304 pages
  • The German Aces Speak II: World War II Through the Eyes of Four More of the Luftwaffe's Most Important Commanders
  • Colin D. Heaton
  • English
  • 14 February 2019
  • 0760345902

10 thoughts on “The German Aces Speak II: World War II Through the Eyes of Four More of the Luftwaffe's Most Important Commanders

  1. says:

    A short time ago, I finished reading this book, which I enjoyed very much It is made up of a series of interviews that the author had over the years with 4 of the premiere Luftwaffe fighter aces of the Second World War Erich Hartmann, Johannes Steinhoff, Dietrich Hrabak, and Gunther Rall Hartmann and Rall, with 352 and 275 victories respectively, are among the top ranked aces in history Hartmann s story is explored in considerable detail in this book Unlike the other 3 gentleman, Hartmann h A short time ago, I finished reading this book, which I enjoyed very much It is made up of a series of interviews that the author had over the years with 4 of the premiere Luftwaffe fighter aces of the Second World War Erich Hartmann, Johannes Steinhoff, Dietrich Hrabak, and Gunther Rall Hartmann and Rall, with 352 and 275 victories respectively, are among the top ranked aces in history Hartmann s story is explored in considerable detail in this book Unlike the other 3 gentleman, Hartmann had not been a part of the prewar Luftwaffe and did not see action until late in 1942 on the Eastern Front, where he made the acquaintance of Steinhoff, Hrabak, and Rall who occupied senior positions in the fighter wing to which Hartmann had been assigned upon completion of training JG 52 I appreciated being able to hear Hartmann speak extensively about his life, training, his early days at the Front which could have been his last , his capture and hair raising escape from Soviet forces after his fighter had been forced down just inside Russian territory in the summer of 1943, his meetings with Hitler as a result of earning some of the Third Reich s highest military awards for bravery , his decade s long imprisonment by the Soviets May 1945 October 1955 , and his subsequent career in the West German Air Force Steinhoff, Hrabak, and Rall also had some very rich, colorful, and fascinating stories about their wartime and postwar careers In contrast to Erich Hartmann who mainly flew against the Soviets , Steinhoff, Hrabak, and Rall had also seen action from Poland, to the Battle of France, the Battle of Britain, to the Blitzkrieg in the Balkans and Greece Steinhoff himself also served in Tunisia as a wing commander during the latter stages of the campaign in North Africa Besides learning so muchabout the combat service of these 4 men, this book also gave me a glimpse into the basic decency and integrity they maintained throughout their lives I came out liking and respecting these gentlemen I was fortunate enough, in 1997, to see Gunther Rall speak about his combat experiences in Russia at a special talk with Luftwaffe aces at the Air and Space Museum His memory was sharp and he struck me as a very kind and considerate person For anyone who loves reading living history or is an aviation enthusiast, this is the book for you

  2. says:

    In the second volume of what I hope will become a much larger series, four German Experten from World War II give their stories Three of them are very well known Erich Hartmann, Johannes Steinhoff and Gunther Rall The fourth is Dieter Hrabak, a name some may recognize, but one which does not carry the fame of the other three As in the previous volume, each ace gets their own chapter, with Hartmann s being the longest and taking up almost half the book Next is Steinhoff, then Hrabak and then In the second volume of what I hope will become a much larger series, four German Experten from World War II give their stories Three of them are very well known Erich Hartmann, Johannes Steinhoff and Gunther Rall The fourth is Dieter Hrabak, a name some may recognize, but one which does not carry the fame of the other three As in the previous volume, each ace gets their own chapter, with Hartmann s being the longest and taking up almost half the book Next is Steinhoff, then Hrabak and then Rall All four are wonderful to read and are the results of numerous interviews with, and articles about, each ace Sometimes the narrative gets a little repetitive and certain events are mentionedthan once, but overall they re very easy and enjoyable to read.All four will give you insight into what it took to become a successful fighter pilot, and there s plenty of stories about aerial combat to whet the appetite Along the way you ll also find outabout some of the other personalities of the Third Reich and the Luftwaffe such as Adolf Hitler, Herman Goering, Heinrich Himmler, Hans Joachim Marseille, Adolf Galland, Werner Moelders, Gerd Barkhorn, Walter Krupinski and Herman Graf The famed Pilot s Revolt against Goering is recounted in great detail since Steinhoff was a major part of it, and each ace also was instrumental in the re birth of the Luftwaffe after the war I never knew about how controversial the F 104 Starfighter was and how its purchase lead to such friction within Germany, but I do now.There are some nice pictures included and this is where I have my only complaint on the back cover there is a picture of several Messerschmitt Bf 109s on an airfieldin Finnish markings I find it hard to believe the publisher couldn t find a picture of German 109s and I sincerely hope they didn t think readers wouldn t notice the difference or care I noticed, and I care.Regardless of the back cover, this is a great book and a wonderful companion to the first volume I certainly hope there are manyto come

  3. says:

    Similar format to the first German Aces Speak Same terrible narrator.Very interesting oral histories of the famous aces Johannes Steinhoff, Erich Alfred Hartmann, Guther Rall, and Dieter Hrabak.Hartmann s narrative is heartbreaking after he was captured by the Russians The Russian troops treatment of captured woman children is appalling and terrifying The treatment of their own returned POWs is also dismaying They basically treated them as outlaws and spies.Enjoyed but occasionally I wonde Similar format to the first German Aces Speak Same terrible narrator.Very interesting oral histories of the famous aces Johannes Steinhoff, Erich Alfred Hartmann, Guther Rall, and Dieter Hrabak.Hartmann s narrative is heartbreaking after he was captured by the Russians The Russian troops treatment of captured woman children is appalling and terrifying The treatment of their own returned POWs is also dismaying They basically treated them as outlaws and spies.Enjoyed but occasionally I wondered why they continued fighting when they found out their leaders were evil and mad They all pretty much corroborate each other with their opinions on the Luftwaffe and Garman s senior leaders at the time

  4. says:

    The german perspective in world war two is often forgotten and even vilified, this book brings forward the setting of four of the most succeseful aces of world war two all germans and tells about their experiences and thoughts on the frontline and the war in the russian, british, french, german, north african and roumanian skies It also gives their opinion on their political opinion at the time, especially on Goering, and their few meetings with Hitler.

  5. says:

    As I said for the first volume Detailed and engrossing remembrances, suitably collated and edited Fascinating especially are the parallel retellings of important events by different participants such as the Fighter Pilots Revolt against Goering in early 1945.

  6. says:

    Memories of german pilots during WW2 A lot of interesting stories.

  7. says:

    Great oral history that features four of the Luftwaffe s most infamous pilots via transcripts of conversations the author had with each pilot in the late 1990s Like the first book, 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 Heaton is sitting on a treasure trove of material that is illuminating for serious students of WWII histor Great oral history that features four of the Luftwaffe s most infamous pilots via transcripts of conversations the author had with each pilot in the late 1990s Like the first book, 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 Heaton is sitting on a treasure trove of material that is illuminating for serious students of WWII history

  8. says:

    The lives of 4 German pilots from youth until near their deaths as told by them Very many kills of the Allies planes, these flyers were not Nazis as we thought, they hated Hitler Goring, but fought for Germany each other One was in the Russian Gulag for 10 years, the others made it to the American British zones and never had it so good The lives of 4 German pilots from youth until near their deaths as told by them Very many kills of the Allies planes, these flyers were not Nazis as we thought, they hated Hitler Goring, but fought for Germany each other One was in the Russian Gulag for 10 years, the others made it to the American British zones and never had it so good

  9. says:

    Once again it is a pity these great men were not given the recognition from their country that they richly deserve Their children and great grandchildren have something to be really proud of.

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