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Another Bowl of Kapusta: The True Life Story of a World War II Luftwaffe Fighter Pilot and P.O.W. in Russia Hardcover – November 12, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse; First edition (November 12, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1418488372
  • ISBN-13: 978-1418488376
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,680,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The Authors originally met via the Internet. His screen name was ME-109 and she didn't even have a clue as to what that meant. As his life story was revealed to her, she found out that he was a former Luftwaffe Fighter Pilot and Prisoner of War in Russia, during World War II.Hearing his story was for her, like taking a trip back into time. Working as a team, they tried to find the best way possible to present this "Never Before Told True Story" to you.They both hope that by your reading "Another Bowl Of Kapusta" that you will come to the real "understandings" about the "true happenings" that resulted from World War II. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Thanks for sharing this remarkable story!
BillandGerry
The book is impossible to put down, the story is in the same league as "The Forgotten Soldier" by Guy Sajer.
Stephen M. Ceslik III
Sad, but unfortunately not that uncommon.
Daniel P. Possumato

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Craig A. Williams on February 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
I will admit that I wasn't sure about purchasing this book. I had actually waited over a year before I did. And I'm so sorry I waited.

This book was nothing like I expected. It's a history and a story celebrating life. The book begins with a look at events leading up to the war from the view of a young boy growing up in pre-war Germany. It's interesting to learn about what that was like. The book moves on to basic training and then flight training. These are areas that most books on WW2 would not cover.

But the most heart warming and sad part of the book is the part covering the conditions Gottfried endured in the Russian prison camp system. This book gave me such a lift and made me so thankful to be an American.

The rest of the book is the story of opportunity. Powerful and rewarding to the reader. Is it technically the most flowing text? No. In fact parts are even a little corny. But those were some of the best parts because that's how life really is.

Buy this book and read it. I believe you'll be lifted up.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Aewronwoody on February 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a true story that will open your heart and your eyes about the humble beginning and gentleness of such a man born in a much simpler time. He was born as the middle child of five siblings, yet had a strict Prussian father as well as a loving mother and family. The story begins before the rise of Adolph Hitler. World events currently progress thru his growth into manhood, pilot training, the war years, a time for romance, and his exploits as a fighter pilot downing five enemy aircraft. It was a time when fighting men were considered to be tough as steel, in regards to fighting for the defense of the fatherland. This fighter pilot wanted no harm to his foe; only the destruction of their machines of war. Then he himself was downed by enemy ground fire while pursuing his sixth aerial foe that fateful day in March of 1945. Surviving only to become a Prisoner Of War led him through a death march, and starvation as thousands died while being held captive in the terrible Gulags of Russia. This skeleton of a man had to have a strong spiritual conviction as his testament of faith and survival. This book has proven to be superb reading cover-to-cover having a surprising and marvelous ending. Just the fact that one man's nightmares never ended until the book was written. I read the book in two evenings on weeknights. It was very hard breaking away from it's contents. I should have waited until the weekend and would have read it in it's entirety in one sitting. A lasting impression remains...by the haunting of a crying hare, which tells it all? Books like these make wonderful movies.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Stephen M. Ceslik III on February 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
While I'll admit the topic matter here is in my area of interest, I can also recommend this thoroughly engaging memoir to those seeking a story that will entertain, and at times break your heart. Told with frank honesty, it chronicles the life of a WW2 Luftwaffe ME-109 pilot, one Gottfried P. Dulias, from his life in pre-war Germany, to his life/Luftwaffe training under Hitler's rule, to his eventual capture and imprisonment by the Russians, and eventual release post-war. All makes for fascinating reading, and at times, one can laugh at his colorful remembrances of his first sexual experiences, marvel at his determination to join and excell in the German Air Force, feel the hopelessness of imprisonment late and post-war in a Russian Gulag...After his release, he married the love of his life, Hedi, and moved to the US to raise a family. Possibly the most touching aspect of this story is the rebirth of this man after he, while mourning the loss of his dear wife, is convinced to finally tell his story...Coming to terms with the severe loss of his once-prosperous life in Germany, the horror of the Gulags and his wife's untimely passing, one can feel hope, as Mr. Dulias starts to rebuild a life as an Author and advisor to WW2 Luftwaffe reenactors and Aircraft restorers. The book is impossible to put down, the story is in the same league as "The Forgotten Soldier" by Guy Sajer. An excellent memoir for sure! What I liked the most about it is the feeling of hope, that after all the tragedy life throws your way, you can still rise above it and persevere. Also contains many photos and copies of documents to aid in the story-telling...not just for war-buffs, a story anyone can enjoy. SC
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kim M on June 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book after meeting Mr. Dulias and hearing him speak about his life and experiences in WWII. I found this book to be very interesting and informative. Not only does it give details about the war and the atrocities that were committed in the Russian POW camps, but a unique perspective into the very real life of Gottfried. The true story of his experiences growing up in Germany during that era, becoming a member of the Hitler Youth as well as his personal life history make the reader truly understand the man behind the story. You come away from the book with a better understanding of the lives of many of the people of Nazi Germany who were trying to be patriotic to their country, but were also attempting to live normal lives.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Arthur G. Ruhl on February 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Another Bowl Of Kapusta is a compelling story about one man's struggle against overwhelming odds. Today, sixty years later since becoming a World War II Luftwaffe Fighter Pilot Mr. Dulias is now able to reflect back on his lifetime experiences both as a civilian in Germany, then in America, and also as having been a Prisoner of War in the Gulags of Russia. He shares his life story with you in a most personal way.
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