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Fighter Aces of the Luftwaffe in World War 2

by Philip Kaplan

Fighter Aces of the Luftwaffe in World War 2 Synopsis

This book examines the reality behind the myths of the legendary German fighter aces of World War II. It explains why only a small minority of pilots - those in whom the desire for combat overrode everything - accounted for so large a proportion of the victories. It surveys the skills that a successful fighter pilot must have - a natural aptitude for flying, marksmanship, keen eyesight - and the way in which fighter tactics have developed. The book examines the history of the classic fighter aircraft that were flown, such as the Messerschmitt Bf 109 and the Focke Wulf Fw 190, and examines each type's characteristics, advantages and disadvantages in combat. The accounts of the experiences of fighter pilots are based on archival research, diaries, letters, published and unpublished memoirs and personal interviews with veterans. The pilots included are Werner Molders, Gunther Rall, Adolf Galland, Erich Hartmann and Johannes Steinhoff.

Fighter Aces of the Luftwaffe in World War 2 Press Reviews

Fighter Aces - Knights of the Sky offers a broader perspective to our area of study and is recommended.--Over the Front

Book Information

ISBN: 9781844154609
Publication date: 22nd March 2007
Author: Philip Kaplan
Publisher: Pen & Sword Aviation an imprint of Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 208 pages
Categories: European history, Second World War, Air forces & warfare,

About Philip Kaplan

Author/historian/designer/photographer Philip Kaplan has written and co-authored forty-seven books on aviation, military and naval subjects. His previous books include: One Last Look, The Few, Little Friends, Round the Clock, Wolfpack, Convoy, Fighter Pilot, Bombers, Fly Navy, Run Silent, Chariots of Fire, Legend and, for Pen and Sword, Big Wings, Two-Man Air Force, Night and Day Bomber Offensive, Mustang The Inspiration, Rolling Thunder, Behind the Wire, Grey Wolves, Naval Air, and Sailor. He is married to the novelist Margaret Mayhew.

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