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3.0 out of 5 stars Very dry account from a very interesting character, 25 Feb. 2010
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This review is from: First and the Last (Hardcover)
This is a decent book, but it left me disappointed more than possibly any book I can recall.

Galland was one of the foremost aces of the Luftwaffe and one of it's most promising officers, rising in rank quickly through the war. He was obviously one of life's characters, for eg flying his Me109 with a cigar on was normal for him, but his character doesn't really shine through as strongly as perhaps it should in this book.

As a personal account of the war in the air it is incredibly dry and as a book it concentrates much more on the strategic and tactical side of things - perhaps because Galland was promoted so quickly that became his focus. However, he gained a massive amount of aerial victories and also flew the Me262 fighter at the end of the war, so you would assume that he would go into more detail about the flying side of things, but sadly no.

To be honest I learnt a massive amount from this book, but I didn't enjoy it and couldn't wait to finish it off and pickup something more interesting instead.

There are better autobiographical accounts out there and there are better accounts on the strategic/tactical operations of the Luftwaffe, this book, in my opinion, tries to combine both and fails.
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