- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Frontline Books (30 Sept. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1848326890
- ISBN-13: 978-1848326897
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 16.5 x 24.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,931,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Aces of the Luftwaffe: The Jagdfliegern and Their Tactics of World War II Hardcover – 30 Sep 2014
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About the Author
PETER JACOBS joined the RAF in 1977 and served as an air defence navigator on the F4 Phantom and Tornado F3, and completed staff tours at HQ 11 Group, HQ Strike Command and the MoD. Peter has written several history books including Stay the Distance: The Life and Times of Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Michael Beetham.
Top Customer Reviews
I failed to find any discussion in Jacob's book of how the German Experten amassed their incredible individual tallies of aerial victories. He records - as if we didn't already know - that 15 Luftwaffe fighter pilots achieved over 200 kills, with the 22 year old Erich Hartmann shooting down 352 enemy aircraft and surviving the war! Amazing - and he remains the most successful fighter pilot of all time. A further 91 Experten scored over 100 kills. By comparison the top British ace scored 47 and the top US ace 40. . Jacobs does not directly answer why this was so.Read more ›
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Since the Luftwaffe was active on all fronts, Jacobs' book looks at GAF ops campaign by campaign with chapters on 'Battle for Britain,' 'Invasion in the East,' 'Air War at Night,' 'Final Defence of the Reich' and so on. He interweaves information on successful pilots, tactics, formations, etc. in a general overview of, for instance, ops in North Africa and the Middle East from 1941 to 1943. Exploits of notable Experten like Molders, Galland, Hartmann, Graf, Lent and Marseille and top-notch units like JG 52, JG 26, JG 54 and NJG 3 are recounted.
There are two photo inserts in the book with pix of pilots, Bf 109s, FW 190s, etc. along with several helpful indexes.
I have mixed reactions to Jacobs' book. I've been reading about the Jagdflieger and their aircraft for 50+ years so there's not a lot that's new in the book for me. However, for those seeking a comprehensive account of Germany's fighter pilots in action, ACES OF THE LUFTWAFFE should fit the bill. Recommended.
One interesting point to note: Allied pilots got to go home after a fixed number of combat missions. The German pilots did not have this luxury. They were in it for the duration-- for them it was either victory, or die trying. As a result, entry to the Luftwaffe "ace" club STARTED at about 100 victories, and for many of these pilots, went on to 200 and higher.
The book is equipped with several pages of historical photos, showing the principal Luftwaffe aces and their aircraft. This book should be required reading for any serious student of history, especially those with an interest in WWII German aerial combat.