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Ace of the Black Cross: The Memoirs of Ernst Udet [Hardcover]

Ernst Udet
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30 Jun 2013
Above the mud and misery of the trenches and the endless slugging matches of the First World War another contest was played out with all the military glamour, chivalric values and deadly outcome of a mediaeval, knightly tournament. This was the battle in the air between the first primitive aircraft and the intrepid aviators who flew them. This image of air war is brought nobly to light in the memoirs of Ernst Udet, the German 'ace of aces', whose impressive wartime record was second only to the legendary 'Red Baron'. Written in a jaunty, Boy's Own style Udet paints a romantic picture of his experiences and captures what perhaps many young pilots must have felt as they flew off each day to duel with the enemy, the elements and an unreliable technology. Ace of the Black Cross also illustrates the way in which war and defeat left this young generation of tough, spirited, individuals rootless and restless. After the war Udet used his flying skills to give displays to crowds of gawping onlookers, a circus act that left him frustrated and resentful. In 1941, disillusioned and depressed, he shot himself. On the wall before he died he scrawled a message for Goring: 'Iron man, you have betrayed me'.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Frontline Books; First Edition edition (30 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848327080
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848327085
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 240,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in 1896, Ernst Udet joined the infant German Air Service in 1915. He went onto win the Iron Cross First Class and Pour le Merite. Between the wars Udet became a stunt pilot. In 1939 he was put in charge of air force development and production, but on 17 November 1941, he killed himself.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book. 8 Jan 2014
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I have admired Udet for many years having first read the book "Udet, A Man's life". I enjoyed this book for the fact that it was written by him as a young man and captured the spirit of the time and his attitude to his life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars sehr gut 5 Jan 2014
By Brian C. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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I am somewhat of expert on Von Richthofen but Udet was a mystery to me and after reading this shockingly well-written and fascinating book,Udet is now more of an enigma to me and perhaps will lead me to him and away from the Baron.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read on the author 19 April 2014
By Scott Bailey - Published on Amazon.com
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His history is covered from WW1 to the beginning of WW2. I did not know that this pilot was such a great aces. His feeling on flying and his rise to a maor during WW1 is covered as well as his combat action. In between the wars his life reads as a action packed dare devil. Good read on the famous person
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