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Messerschmitts Over Sicily (Hardback)


By Johannes Steinhoff
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781844152278
Published: 26th October 2004
Last Released: 1st August 2007



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In these memoirs Johannes Steinhoff recounts gripping episodes from his Luftwaffe wartime career. Focusing on this ace pilot's defence of Sicily before and after the Allied landings, we read of the technology, operational life and intrigue within the German military machine; how Goering had fallen out of favour with Hitler and condemned his leading pilots as cowards and then how many senior air officers plotted to depose the brutish Luftwaffe leader.

This senior commander's account of the declining and beaten days of the Luftwaffe after its once overwhelming superiority is of outstanding interest coming from such an unusual source.

The Eagle

'...this is a strongly recommended read for anyone interested in examining the mentality, tactics and culture of the Luftwaffe's fighter pilots. It is full of rich and fascinating detail and narrated with a degree of self-awareness and gallows humour that allows the reader to quickly warm to the author.'

Spirit of the Air

Here is one book I can thoroughly recommend

No 72 Squadron Association Newsletter

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This is an action-packed, unique insight into the world of one pilot in the German Air Force. A highly readable account.

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