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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
This is an incredible story of an incredible man. I still find it hard to believe. The most highly decorated German in the war and quite possibly the most successful pilot ever. Rudel makes no apologies for what he did and the just struggle, as he saw it, against the soviets. I find that refreshing. He believed in what he was doing, was a man of conviction and remained so...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating look at a German pilots view of WW2
I enjoyed this book since it gives a personal insight into what it was like to be a Stuka pilot during the disastrous days when Hitler decided it was a good idea to invade Russia. This book suffers a little from translation with some passages a little stilted. In addition some sentence construction needs improving. However this does not spoil the book as a whole. The...
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 9 May 2012
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This is an incredible story of an incredible man. I still find it hard to believe. The most highly decorated German in the war and quite possibly the most successful pilot ever. Rudel makes no apologies for what he did and the just struggle, as he saw it, against the soviets. I find that refreshing. He believed in what he was doing, was a man of conviction and remained so throughout his life. Wheteher or not you agree with his politics you cannot deny he was an incredible person. If he had been English he would be immortalised in stone somewhere in London. Measure his bravery not his politics.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Luftwaffe ace pilot in action, 18 Aug 2012
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Amazing recollections of German Luftwaffe ace pilot who flew some 2,530 combat missions (a world record), destroyed a total of 2,000 targets; including 800 vehicles, 519 tanks, 150 artillery pieces, a destroyer, two cruisers, one Soviet battleship, 70 landing craft, 4 armored trains, several bridges and nine aircraft which he shot down. He himself was shot down or forced to land 32 times.

Hans-Ulrich Rudel truly believed in the cause against Bolshevism but later found himself fighting for his own homeland.

I came across some printing errors and English used sometimes was rather unusual for my knowledge but they did not affect the experience of reading.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The other side of WW2 rarely told, 24 Dec 2012
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One can sense that when this book was written, then translated by Oswald Moseley, it was about as welcome as a fart in a spacesuit.

65 years on one can see that this man was brave, lucky and very skilful.

The lessons learned about flying slow for ground support and tank busting that this pilot and the Stuka plane so ably demonstrated have not been lost in both the US Warthog and the anti tank helicopter of modern day.

As to Rudel's love of Hitler and the German offensive in Europe and Russia, one can only suggest that such a highly decorated serviceman would have to be very sure of his leadership, even if that surety might, with hindsight, be misplaced.

I loved this book as it gave the other side of the coin of the aerial battle in WW2. It is always good to read of someone at the very top of his chosen profession.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, poor kindle edition, 8 Oct 2012
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I am not commenting on the excellent book as it has been done many times and I would advise to read the book's review.
This is about the Kindle edition which is a poor edition. It has obviously been scanned and converted with a bad software. There are a lot of typos, missing letters or poorly converted words. Which is too bad as the original english translation is of excellent quality.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating look at a German pilots view of WW2, 8 July 2013
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I enjoyed this book since it gives a personal insight into what it was like to be a Stuka pilot during the disastrous days when Hitler decided it was a good idea to invade Russia. This book suffers a little from translation with some passages a little stilted. In addition some sentence construction needs improving. However this does not spoil the book as a whole. The addition of archive photographs is good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars History, 25 April 2013
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This an historical book. I read a former issue in french when I was very young . An introduction to what was the nazi spirit.
Loving the book is not loving the background
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5.0 out of 5 stars The third most destructive pilot of all time?, 15 Jan 2013
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This is a remarkable read in a number of ways.

It must be a toss-up between Rudel and Hartmann (who reputedly shot down over 350 Allied aircraft) as to who was the third most destructive pilot of all time. Rudel must certainly have wreaked more destruction than any bomber pilot in history, apart from the two who flew the atomic bomb raids.

Joining the Luftwaffe before the war, Rudel was assigned - unwillingly - to Stukas, but was left out of most operations until 1941 because he didn't get on with a succession of senior officers. His career break came during the German invasion of Russia, where he demonstrated that he was both an exceptionally able pilot and a remarkable marksman as well.

Among his earliest exploits was attacking the elderly Soviet battleship Marat, which was providing fire support to the Red Army from offshore. Rudel's well-aimed bomb blew off her bows and sank her, although she was later refloated. He subsequently flew missions against a variety of grounds targets at a prodigiously prolific rate, averaging nearly two sorties per day, every day for four years.

Rudel welcomed the arrival of the cannon-armed Stuka because it enabled deadeyes such as himself to aim at and hit a target 20 to 30cm across. This, of course, meant he could pick off the mightiest Russian tanks by flying around behind them and firing into the engine cooling louvres atop the rear deck. His tally of tank kills mounted as high as it did because he was so sparing of ammunition. Although he only had six rounds per gun, he rarely needed more than two shots to destroy his targets.

He also provides interesting insights into how the air attacks were executed. A typical Rudel-led Stuka strike involved a mixture of cannon- and bomb-equipped aircraft. The latter would look for and attack the flak, and once this was well and truly suppressed, the gun-armed machines would swoop and pick off individual targets in relative safety. The whole raid would typically withdraw only when every round of ammunition had been expended.

Rudel also explains how the Stuka, which lasted a matter of weeks in the Battle of Britain, managed to remain a competitive aircraft on the Eastern Front for another five years. Essentially, the length and shifting nature of the battle line made it impossible for either side to maintain a radar-controlled fighter screen. Consequently, well-led Stuka squadrons were able to use the terrain and surprise to carry out air strikes while - usually - evading the enemy fighters before they arrived. As the retreat continued, to the point where swarms of American fighters patrolled the sky, this became a much riskier proposition.

One side of Rudel is this meticulous professionalism, but the other side of him revealed here is that he was (and remained post-war) an ardent, unreconstructed Nazi loony. He fails to mention his membership of the Nazi party, but he relates how he was personally decorated by the Fuhrer, who always displayed an impressive grasp of the technical details of air fighting. One can't help wondering why Rudel never questioned the way the war was being fought or why it was that Germany had ended up with the world against her. He appears, too, to be in complete denial of who invaded whom in 1941, seeing the Eastern Front campaign as an altruistic German crusade to preserve what he calls "civilisation" from the Red hordes, and handwaving the genocide away with a casual "if anyone did wrong they should be punished". He reminds me a bit of that other old fraud Hans von Luck, who like Rudel managed to fight for years on the side of an evil regime without noticing any atrocities at all other than those committed by the other side.

The translation and porting to Kindle are a bit dodgy and it does read like a translation. Some words aren't translated at all - "wolframkern", for example, is used when "tungsten-cored" would have worked perfectly well.

I'd still recommend this overall if you are interested in the Russian campaign and / or in combat pilots' memoirs generally. There are lots of fighter pilots' stories out there, and even a few bomber pilots' stories too, but these memoirs of a Stuka pilot are pretty unique.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible story!, 19 Dec 2012
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I approached this book with caution. Due mainly to the write ups on the mans politics. These truley are warped. For a man clearly very intelligent he warps to his own views as the war goes on. In the end he is trying to save the West from communist hordes???? Did he forget the previous 2 years of Nazi aggression?? Very strange but still interesting. As for his outstanding war record and bravery one has to give him due respect. His operational record is incredible considering he was flying Stukas for the majority of the war..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book, 12 Dec 2013
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This was for me a brilliant look at the other side of the coin. The atmosphere as everything starts to fall apart is incredible. Despite the fairly unrepentant attitude towards the side for which he fought his personal decency shows thorough in the relationships that he had. His personal genius is also apparent, what he could not do with a plane was amazing.

All in an interesting book and the accounts of the time he spent with Hitler is insightful if rather rose tinted. A couragious and brave man. For anyone with an interest in Luftwaffe at the time and the experience of flying in a war this is not to be missed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 20 Sep 2013
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A true story written by a man who was there, this is not only entertaining with some black humour but an historical document of the war on the eastern front, and an insight into Hitler's personality.
Well worth the purchase, highly recommended!
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