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Spitfire on My Tail: A View from the Other Side Hardcover – 1 May 1990
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This is an intelligent,well written book which I found hard to put down.
It gives insight into their training regime, and the way they percieved the politics in the early years.
I have, and for a long time thought that the reason for the Nazi Party coming to power is that they were seen to be the only way to get out from under the punitive reparations of the Treaty of Versailles, and the feeling of the people is well described in this book.
It also shows that these young pilots were really much the same as their equivalents in the RAF!
After all, boys will be boys and these are really what we are dealing with.
What is interesting is the disdain for the attitude of Galland and some of the ex Legion Condor pilots for the concept of radio communications.
What this does show is that the RAF were much further forward in this side of warfare, whilst the Luftwaffe heirarchy were rather stuck in the Legion Condor attitudes where they did not really wnat to use radio - which could be picked up and give the game away with German speech.
An interesting book from several levels.
I believe that it is not jingoistic that this was confirmation that the Luftwaffe had been destroyed as an effective fighting force during its battle with Britain. Furthermore its losses of experienced pilots and air crew were so severe that it never regained its former strength during the remaining years of the war.
As another German pilot described it: The Luftwaffe's grave was in the west.
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