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A great read from amaster of air warfare,
By A Customer
This review is from: First and the Last (Hardcover)
This is Adolph Galland's autobiographical account of his experiences throughout World War Two. It starts with him as a flight commander on the Western Front then progresses through as he assumes the role as the Inspector General of the Fighter Arm of the Luftwaffe and then back to commanding a flight of jet fighters right upto the German surrender.
As a result of Gallands varied activities during the War, the reader benefits from a gripping account of the Battle fo Britain at the tactical level before getting into the strategic insight of the German High Command. His depth of knowledge and understanding of the strategic issues makes this book a valid history of the war as well as an account of his own personal experiences.
His obvious and justified pride in his Fighter Arm does not deter him from writing a very fair, balanced, humble and knowledgeable narrative of World War Two. He gives credit where it is due to friend and foe alike and his disappointment with the Higher Command of the Luftwaffe, particularly of Goring, is apparent but never bitter.
This is a very well written book by a tactical genius. This book will appeal not only to aerial warfare historians but also to anyone with an interest in World War Two. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and learned a lot from him at the same time.