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on 27 October 2010
This book was a waste of time and money.
It is a pot-boiler, pure and simple, rushed out shortly after the war ended to capitalise on interest on the story from "the other side". There are clear signs that the author avoided commenting on anything which might be controversial, whether about his personal life or the conduct of the war. Just what did the author and his co-pilots think about the enemy, and the leadership of the Luftwaffe - and how did the pilots' morale change?
At times I wondered if this man really existed. He appears to have had an excellent combat record, which would surely have meant promotion to a very high level given the huge losses the Luftwaffe suffered. But then I realised, and this comes across in the book - sorry to say it, but he was not leadership material.
Yes, there are some good accounts of dog-fights, but there are infinitely better accounts. I personally would heartily recommend Adolf Galland's personal account and David Baker's superb biography.