- File Size: 23942 KB
- Print Length: 292 pages
- Publisher: Tangmere Productions; Second Edition edition (November 2, 2009)
- Publication Date: November 2, 2009
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002VECTJS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #468,892 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Gunther Rall Luftwaffe Ace & NATO General Kindle Edition
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One aspect I expected to see covered, I didn't. The author does quote Rall extensively on how he felt Hitler had misled the nation about the war and how Hitler and Goering had neglected to provide strategic long range bombers and fighters. What the author never covered was how Rall felt about the men he killed. There was a recent Military Channel documentary on Rall, in which an interviewer tells of a time he found Rall just sitting in his backyard crying. He asked why and Rall explained that he could see their faces, the faces of the men in Russia he had killed. In Russia, almost all of air combat was fought below 10,000 feet, so oxygen masks were not needed and most Russians simply didn't wear them. As a consequence, Rall was able to see their face as he swung by them to get on their tail, shoot them down and kill them. In a biography this extensive, I would have expected to read that as it tells much about the man. It wasn't addressed.
Despite the mistakes and omissions, this is a good book, an easy read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would've liked to have seen more in depth about the man and more on him in WWII and less on later, but this is a good book regardless. I highly recommend it!
I've read a lot about the ground war in the East, so this book filled in a lot of gaps in my knowledge of the air war and why the Luftwaffe was stretched so thin.
If you're interested in WWII history, this is a must-read.