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  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: SCHIFFER PUBLISHING LTD (12 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764306782
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764306785
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 22.2 x 29.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 720,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Superb. Having read other books about General Galland I was pleasantly surprised how good this book is with superb images including a colour section of the numerous aircraft Galland flew in combat. Very good quality production with top quality paper and binding. The dust cover is a masterpiece. Essentiial for any WW11 aviation bookshelf.
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By Alana West on 7 Jan. 2015
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Arrived very quickly and I have a very happy father
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Review of Adolf Galland's biography "Fighter General" 6 Feb. 2000
By Allen L. Peterson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I thought it was an excellent book for the reader who wants a more indepth study of Adolf Galland than can be found in the many books about the Luftwaffe. The authors do an excellent job of covering Galland's legendary life through the conclusion of WWII including printing many interesting and never before published photograghs of people, places, and planes that impacted this Luftwaffe legend. The many personal antecdotes from Galland and his fighter pilot associates and friends make for entertaining reading. The only down-side to the book is the relatively scant (compared to the war years) coverage of his life after WWII inspite of the fact that he lived until 1996. Overall, I enjoyed the book very much and would recommend it to anyone.
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A pleasant and informative read. 18 Oct. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As someone who knew the late Adolf Galland and the authors, this book is a most honest representation of his life in both war and peace. The importance of his strife, both in the air and on the ground with Hitler and Goering, as well as his post war success are inspiring. A book that should be read by all who enjoy reading about the human experience.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
An excellent book 30 Mar. 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A very fascinating and interesting book. From the time he grew up in Westerholt, Germany and entered the Luftwaffe, and his activities after the war, was very descriptive and very easy to read. It did not become bogged down with non essential details that tend to make biographies difficult to read. I would recommend this book to anyone
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Better than First & Last 26 Sept. 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
By now, it is common for these books to include some mentions of home life, schooling or those years before a man joins the service. His career after may be traced by promotions, training, of units- but we like to think that something is responsible for acts of bravery in battle. So young Adolf was intelligent, but more interested in flying sailplanes. Under threat of failing his finals, he is offered the reward of a new sailplane if he passes. Of course he does. Along the way, he meets a generation of pilots who will go into Air Force with him.
In 1932, as a career choice, Galland joins an Airline Pilot school (soon to become part of Luftwaffe). Training is under tight discipline [also mentioned in 'First & Last']. One thing leading to another, Galland is posted to JG-2 Richtofen. The authors make the point that he deliberately avoided assignment to training command; he wanted to match skills against the best.
Fast forward to war's outbreak; he and Werner Molders are both leaders, brilliant in different ways, and increasing their personal scores. This is the apex of the Luftwaffe- confident, accomplishing their support assignments, and operating on short supply lines from German depots. However, over Dunkirk, the authors note:
'The Luftwaffe attempt to destroy the escaping British Expeditionary Force, without major participation by the German Army or Navy, had been undertaken with impulsive enthusiasm by Goering personally. He believed that he could achieve this Douhet-style triumph of air power. Goering had some support for this in high Luftwaffe circles.
Galland's perspective on the battle was simple and direct. Too much was being expected of the available German air strength. RAF fighter opposition was ferocious, and the Spitfire a nasty surprise; 350,000 Allied troops escaped, and the Luftwaffe lost about 250 aircraft. German air strength, which had been held out of the Dunkirk battle to participate in the ongoing battle for France, could have provided a decisive margin. A Douhet-style air campaign demanded overwhelming strength. The Luftwaffe had been warned.' (p. 68) [Giulio Douhet was an Italian military theorist of the 1920s.]
When two such observant authors say this, it is a prediction of grief to come.
See also: The First And The Last, Broken Swastika: the defeat of the Luftwaffe.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great book 7 Oct. 2012
By Jerry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Great book about General Galland. A lot of information and pictures I had not seen before. Probably one of the best books you can buy, if you are interested in this great personality. General Galland is definitely a role model, and this book gives a first hand account. One of the best fighter pilots of the war, just against friend and foe, brilliant in his analysis of the Luftwaffe's deteriorating competitiveness in 1941 and beyond ... and always portraying his special kind of humor.
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