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The German Aces Speak Audiobook

The German Aces Speak: World War II Through the Eyes of Four of the Luftwaffe's Most Important Commanders

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Publisher's Summary

Few perspectives epitomize the sheer drama and sacrifice of combat more perfectly than those of the fighter pilots of World War II. As romanticized as any soldier in history, the World War II fighter pilot was viewed as larger than life: a dashing soul waging war amongst the clouds. In the 65-plus years since the Allied victory, stories of these pilots' heroics have never been in short supply. But what about their adversaries - the highly skilled German aviators who pushed the Allies to the very brink of defeat?

Of all of the Luftwaffe's fighter aces, the stories of Walter Krupinski, Adolf Galland, Eduard Neumann, and Wolfgang Falck shine particularly bright. In The German Aces Speak, for the first time in any book, these four prominent and influential Luftwaffe fighter pilots reminisce candidly about their service in World War II. Personally interviewed by author and military historian Colin Heaton, they bring the past to life as they tell their stories about the war, their battles, their lives, and, perhaps most importantly, how they felt about serving under the Nazi leadership of Hermann Göring and Adolf Hitler.

©2011 Colin D. Heaton and Anne-Marie Lewis (P)2017 Tantor

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    nathan 05/12/2017
    nathan 05/12/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Exceptional"

    Fantastic look Into Luftwaffe operations, experiences and tragedies.
    I would have liked to have Eric hartmanns experience added in as well, also more lower down aces stories rather than 'top brass' but I suppose many never lived to tell their story...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Philip Gehman
    19/12/17
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    "The best German side account on record!!"

    The detail and story lines are awesome! I have new found respect for the German Air Force and am profoundly grateful that someone took the time to put these story on paper!
    Narration is a bit overly pronounced but pretty good.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jenna Dahl
    07/12/17
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    "Simply amazing "

    Truly an epic perspective that is hardly never heard! A must read if you want to see WWII from the opposite view of the allies.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • R. Frost
    02/02/18
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    "Gives good insight into the German Luftwaffe."

    I really liked listening to this book, even though some of the stories overlapped, since multiple pilots would discuss the same subject, from their experiences. It is one of those books that made me want to drive more, so I could listen.

    My only complaint, and it's trivial, is that the reader seemed to pronounce the German names too perfectly. For some reason, it irritated me, but I can't explain why. Maybe it's because I'm used to hearing them with an American pronunciation, not a perfect German sound.

    I'm glad the author took the time to put these stories into one book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas Hughes
    29/01/18
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    "Very interesting for aviation history buffs"

    I very much liked the behind-the-scenes glimpses of the Luftwaffe and hands on experiences of the Luftwaffe commanders. At times the story dragged on a bit, but at best was very interesting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brad
    15/12/17
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    "Essential reading"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The German Aces Speak to be better than the print version?

    Never read the print version. I will pick up a copy some day. However, listening to the stories told feels just like a ready room.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked to hear their point of view. How they fought, why they fought and their opinions. The stories are incredible and most are corroborated via allied records. These men were incredible fighter pilots.


    What about P.J. Ochlan’s performance did you like?

    It was good.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    A bit of both. Mostly laugh. Especially, the shenanigans some of them get into. It cracked me up because they behave exactly like you might think Lord Flashheart would.


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book out of professional interest and got way more out of it than I had expected. It reads like some pilots at the bar shooting their watches and arguing over technique. It is excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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