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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Black House Publishing Ltd; Original edition (May 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908476877
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908476876
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This man's accomplishments were simply amazing.
Walter F. Billings
The writing style is different and very efficient, takes a little getting used to, is quite captivating and a good read.
geoffry steiner
It is well written and easy to read,very hard to put down.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Joseph L. Bradley on June 27, 2012
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I was impressed with Pilot Rudel's story. He was a man with sheer determination to succeed. Even when he lost a leg to AA fire, he was back to flying within a few weeks. Even when Hitler ordered him to stop flying, he refused! I didn't realize how much the Germans feared domination by the Russians and no sacrifice was too high in an attempt to defeat them. The Stukas inflicted heavy damage on Russian armor, but were eventually overwhelmed by the Western Alliance. This book gives a rare perspective of the German side.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 18, 2012
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For the WWII buff, this is a must read. Gives good perspective of fighting in the East as well as a better view of how the Stuka was not the lame duck as viewed by the west. Much like the Persian Gulf War saved the A-10, the war in the East saved the Ju-87.
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36 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Phil on March 11, 2012
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A very interesting read that was written by one of the few German pilots who managed to survive the entire second world war. The book is written in a factual, almost documentary style about the exploits, feelings and tactics of a Stuka pilot and also delves into his somewhat dysfunctional personal life. The context of the book is interesting in that the author states at the end of the book that he wrote it to encourage the youth of Germany to get through the hard post-war years. The book seems to have been written about 7 years after the war and taking this into account is necessary whilst reading the book as many of the stories seem cold-blooded and brutal.

The book highlights the hardships of squadron life and the ever-present fears that front line soldiers held for their families, friends and lovers.

This is an easy to read book that appears to have been translated fairly well. This book seems to be historically accurate and is a recommended read for anybody interested in seeing another side to WW2.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dr.M.Lawicki on October 22, 2013
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I became interested in this particular memoir when I learned of the existence of Hans Ulrich Rudel through other books pertaining to the exploits of the Luftwaffe in the Second World War. His career was meteoric to say the least, yet began in a very unorthodox manner when contrasted with the other known Luftwaffe aces. Deemed a slow-learner and a pilot of 'mediocre' abilities by his superiors, the young pilot Rudel was not considered a suitable candidate for a fighter pilot and subsequently assigned to observation and reconnaissance missions at the very beginning of the war. His early career in the Luftwaffe seemed to be characterized by bitterness and strife when dealing with his superiors. The charismatic Rudel was nevertheless determined to make a difference in the war and prove his superiors mistaken in their very low estimation of his abilities. Rudel managed to get himself transferred to dive bombing training in 1940, where he learned to perfect the new military discipline with devastating efficiency. Having discovered his true calling at last, Rudel began immediately to make his presence felt in the German war effort. Rudels remarkable accomplishments came in rapid succession, enabling him to develop a legendary name for himself while imprinting fear into the hearts and minds of his Soviet opponents (much like Baron Manfred Von Richtoffen did in the First World War on the Western Front). Although the point is debatable, it is easy to understand how Hans Ulrich Rudel might be considered the most valuable soldier in the Second World War. In all, he flew over 2,500 combat missions, downed 11 enemy aircraft, destroyed: 519 tanks, 4 armored trains, several bridges, over 1000 trucks and transport vehicles, 70 landing craft, two battle cruisers, a destroyer, and the Soviet Battleship Marat.Read more ›
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Fantasyman on November 14, 2013
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A very straight-forward and simply told story. Rudel was Germany's premier Stuka pilot of the war. He flew over 2500 missions, destroyed over 500 Russian tanks, and did this all while flying an outdated, practically obsolete aircraft. Rudel is unapologetic about his support for the German cause, unlike many, he never hid his faith and support of Hitler, during the war or after. Rudel was one of Hitler's favorite heroes, he was awarded his decorations by the Fuhrer himself on numerous occasions. Ordered not to continue flying, he disobeyed the orders and continued to fly combat missions, even after losing a leg!

If you ever wondered how the German army managed to hold out so long on the Eastern Front against the overwhelming superiority of the Russian war machine, you should read this book.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Steiner on March 7, 2012
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I have been reading German vet. Bios for over 40 years,this is one of the best. Have read and re-read this one many times! Enjoy! No disappointment here!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kevin on April 27, 2012
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This book is the non-fiction story of WWII stuka pilot Hans Rudel. Through sheer determination Hans fought his way through road blocks and set backs during his trainig and entry into the war theatre by biased opnions of his superiors based on unfounded lack of skills. Hans went on to be one of the most decorated German military officers as a result of his skills, tactics, and fortitude.

The area of his stuka group operations was in the eastern front and the targets were mainly the Russian tanks rolling west towards Germany. The stuka pilots faced a more well equipped enemy that had tremendous anti-aircraft defense, token air defence and endless convoys of equipment while the stuka pilots barely had petrol and bombs as the war raged on. The story details many attacks on tank positions and new tactics needed for survival. Hans Rudel, through attention he got from his actions in the feild was able to have the ear of the highest in the Reich who put his ideas and information to use. Reading of his meetings with the Fuehrer was interetsing and I found humourous at times as Hans was ordered not fly anymore due to the fear that he might be shot down with his response that he had to, and would fly regardless. Jaws dropped as others nearby listened to this pilot "stand up" to the Fuehrer with (mostly) good natured acceptance that he was to fly.

Finally the war ended and after some time as a POW Hans returned to freedom and settled in Canada. I recommend this book as a look at a rare flyers story from the German side and the frustration that lead this pilot to try harder and harder to meet his challenges and also survive the odds.
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