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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Zenith Press (1 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076034115X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760341155
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 3.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 429,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Colin D. Heaton served in the U.S. Army and later in the Marine Corps as a scout sniper. He is the author of several Zenith Press titles and has taught history at American Military University.  He currently lives in Southport, North Carolina.



Anne-Marie Lewis received her BA with honors and MA from American Military University in international relations and is also a professional photographer. Anne-Marie lives in Southport, North Carolina.

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One has to have a balanced view of our aviation heroes whether German or the Allies, so many brilliant gave their lives it would be a crime not to reflect on the views from the German aspect, one should feel sorry that they were at the mercy of a couple of maniacs who were backed up by even more deranged leaders. It was an interesting book to read and anyone who has the slightest interest in world war 2 aviation this is a must. Remember the survivors are getting fewer so such historic insights are a must, Read it or lose it and you will be better informed reading this book by Colin, well written, thank you and RIP all our fliers
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By KOMET on 2 April 2012
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"THE GERMAN ACES SPEAK" (which I finished reading a short time ago) is one of the best books of its kind that I've yet read. Each of the 4 former Luftwaffe fighter pilots who were interviewed had served in a variety of commands, both combat and administrative, throughout the Second World War. And in the case of both Adolf Galland and Eduard Neumann, both also served as combat pilots with the Condor Legion in the Spanish Civil War. [The Condor Legion was a German military unit which supported the Nationalist forces of General Francisco Franco in its fight against the Spanish Republican government. Franco triumphed in March 1939 and ruled Spain til his death in 1975.]

The perspectives the 4 men (Walter Krupinski, Galland, Neumann, and Wolfgang Falck) provide the reader on their military experiences and their insights (in particular, those of Galland - who served as the Luftwaffe's General of Fighters from November 1941 to January 1945 --- and Falck, who was one of the figures instrumental in the establishment and organization of the Luftwaffe's night-fighter arm) gained from direct dealings with the Third Reich's political leaders (Hitler and Goering) are revealing and amply demonstrate how a dictatorship can go awry (due to hubris and its own misdeeds) under wartime pressures.

Each of the 4 men survived the war, maintained their links with aviation (in both the civilian and/or military spheres) or went into business, and strove in their own respective ways to promote peace and understanding between former enemies. Sadly, Krupinski, Galland, Neumann, and Falck are no longer with us. But through this book, the reader can gain a deep understanding and appreciation of the challenges these men faced in war and peace.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Geoff Boultwood on 6 Oct. 2012
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Really enjoyed reading this book having read Fighter Pilots of the Luftwaffe i found it illuminating now looking forward to reading The Star of Africa due out soon
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Lindstrom on 19 Feb. 2014
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It's really interesting to hear how the German pilots view their role and how they felt when fighting both British, American and Soviet pilots (and other allied pilots of course). We are lucky that the nazi leadership messed things up as they did, because with such skilled pilots, and in many ways more advanced technology (the Germans introduces jet technology way before the allied) the war could very well had another outcome.
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