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Luftwaffe Fighter Ace Hardcover – 30 Sep 2004

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Grub Street Publishing (30 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904010946
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904010944
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.3 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,017,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Hannig, in 1956 joined the Bundesluftwaffe, took a jet refresher course and became squadron and wing CO, retiring in 1976 as Staff Officer, Luftwaffe High Command, Bonn. He then became a military consultant to the aviation industry, retiring in 1981.

John Weal is Osprey's primary Luftwaffe author and artist. He possesses one of the largest private collections of original German-language literature from World War 2 and his research is based on this huge archive. Fluent in German, Weal has spent much time establishing contact with ex-members of the Luftwaffe, from General Staff Officers of the RLM to frontline aircrew. A freelance airbrush artist since the days of the monthly RAF Flying Review, he has illustrated some of the finest Luftwaffe profiles to date. He has written three previous volumes in the Combat Aircraft series. The author lives in Berkshire, UK.


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Format: Hardcover
Norbert Hannig's account of his experiences as a Luftwaffe 'Jagdflieger' (fighter pilot) on the Eastern Front from 1943-45 provides an interesting insight into the experiences of one of the "mid-war" Luftwaffe pilots. From Hannig's days with the Jungvolk (a youth organization in Germany similar to the Boy Scouts - in contrast to the Hitler Youth) in 1940 to his flight training experiences and subsequent posting to the "Green Hearts" Fighter Wing in Russia, the book is easy to read. The narrative flows and is not at all boring. You get a sense of the man himself and the effects of the daily grind of operations over an ever changing front.
(John Weal, who translated Mr. Hannig's book, is in his own right an expert on the Luftwaffe fighter arm. Check out any of his books in the "Aircraft of the Aces" series, which are published by Osprey Publishing.)
For any reader who is keenly interested in reading about the lives of obscure Second World War aces, this book will make a welcome addition to your library. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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Luftwaffe fighter ace provides an interesting and in depth insight into the day to day life of an average fighter pilot on the Eastern front. Nobert Hanning began operations with JG54 and served until the end of the war flying over 200 missions and achieving 42 victories whilst flying the FW190. The book traces his career from his high school days to his post war career. The most interesting part of the book is the element that charts his wartime exploits as little is written about day to day operations on the Eastern Front. This makes gripping reading as does his account of working with and flying with the likes of Emil ‘Bully’ Lang and Walter Nowotny. The book is extremely well translated and contains a number of excellent pictures. Highly recommended.
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The book is exellent value with good pictures and the story is never dull. I expected Hannig's story to be just training and fighting but stories of leave from the front, family life during the war, life as an instructor and fighter pilot at the front as well as his endeavours after the war held my interest so I could not put it down. It's not a very long story unfortunately and I sometimes wished more detail about co-pilots fates and battles fought.
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A really good read. I liked the way the book was written and told of Norbert's life story and career in the luftwaffe. I also enjoyed the parts about the end of the war and his struggles to survive in post war situations against all three victorous powers. His war was a tough one and if you took off the eagle and swastika and put on any other uniform I am sure the experiences and battles would have been the same.
I think the book will be popular with all aviation readers and also people looking for the alternative stance on history from the perspective of those who were there rather than those who think they were. A couple of good books around now bvut I have to say this was a cracking good read about a talented single minded individual wh may not have won the knights cross for his victories in the air but who nonetheless was an ACE in every way. from gliders to the ME 262 he did it all. I think it was worth 5 stars anyway.
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Norbert Hannig went from service in the Jungvolk (an organization similar to the Boy Scouts) to the Luftwaffe in the latter part of 1940. Following completion of training, he was posted early in 1943 to Jagdgeschwader 54 (the "Green Hearts" Wing) on the Eastern Front, which boasted aces of the caliber of Otto Kittel (with 267 victories, the 4th ranking ace in history) and Emil "Bully" Lang.

Hannig flew both the ME 109 and Focke Wulf 190 in combat, scoring 42 victories. Shortly before the end of the war, he was posted to the West, where, after completing a conversion course in the Messerschmitt 262 jet fighter, he served with Jagdverband 44 (the "Squadron of Experts") under the command of Adolf Galland.

Hannig's account of his experiences as a Luftwaffe `Jagdflieger' (fighter pilot) on the Eastern Front from 1943-45 provides an interesting insight into the experiences of one of the "mid-war" Luftwaffe pilots. From his flight training experiences and subsequent posting to the "Green Hearts" Fighter Wing in Russia, the book is easy to read. The narrative flows and is not at all boring. You get a sense of the man himself and the effects of the daily grind of operations over an ever changing front.

For any reader who is keenly interested in reading about the lives of obscure Second World War aces, this book will make a welcome addition to your library. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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Autobiographies by German WW2 pilots are rare and those that exist often don't translate well but this is an exception. Extremely well translated without losing the spirit of the story this book tells the life of a Luftwaffe fighter pilot from learning how to fly gliders as a child through fighting on the Eastern front in the BF109 and FW190 to escaping capture by the Russians at the end of the war.

Hannig was both skilful and very lucky. On many occasions you were left wondering 'what if' when he relates how a chance conversation or a chance change of destination had saved him. Hannig relates his story with pride for his country but without malice or glory and by the end of the book when he is trying to meet up with his family (again an amazing chance conversation helped here) you cannot help but feel a little sympathy.

I have been reading pilot autobiographies for the last 40 years and this ranks amongst the best and will be read again.
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