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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent biography, 13 Nov 2012
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This review is from: The Star of Africa: The Story of Hans Marseille, the Rogue Luftwaffe Ace Who Dominated the WWII Skies (Hardcover)
Marselle has been a figure of great interest ever since I read the remarks of the great Johnnie Johnson who in 'Wing Leader' was sceptical of German scores in the war.

Since then we have learnt about the great Fighter Pilots of the Luftwaffe

I have read two great biographies of Fighter Pilots in the recent years, Kirsten Alexander's biography of Caldwell and this biography of Marseille.

Thank you to the authors, this an excellent book and should be read but any one with any interest in arial warfare.
I cannot do justice to the book by explaining why it should be read, only that you will sadly miss out if you don't !
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Initial post: 13 Nov 2012 21:20:23 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Nov 2012 21:20:35 GMT
Thanks very much for the nice review, glad you enjoyed the book.

Sincerely,
Colin Heaton and Anne Marie Lewis

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Nov 2012 18:47:46 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Nov 2012 18:49:39 GMT
Big Dud says:
Colin
I meant every word. It is a great biography. I felt that I grew to know him and started to appreciate his personality.

I enjoyed the research that went into achieving a clear statement of performance, (re his score)
I enjoyed the anecdotes from your various interviews. I particularly found the detail surrounding his conversation over his 'one hundred victories' with Goering amusing.
At the end of the book Page 184 you refer to his number of sorties as over 480 and that his score of 158 resulted in an average of three victories per sortie. I think you have the maths in reverse, but hey who cares, it is a wonderful biography and I am being pedantic.
I have visited your webb site and I did not see any more in depth biographies of fighter pilots.
I hope you have plans for more
Jeff

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Nov 2012 18:53:33 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Nov 2012 18:53:46 GMT
Jeff:

Thanks again. You never know how such a book will be received, and we wanted to show him as a human being, fallible, and a complex person who simply managed to handle his demons as best he could. The stories that came from the interviews are, in my opinion what make the book, not the air combat.

Sincerely,

Colin and Anne

In reply to an earlier post on 5 May 2013 16:05:07 BDT
As you may know, we published The German Aces Speak a few years ago. We are now writing volume two, with Erich Hartmann, Johannes Steinhoff, Dietrich Hrabak and Geor-Peter Eder.
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