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Now he tells his own story. From his youth in Nazi Germany to the first harsh realities of air combat over France and England. Of being hounded by the Gestapo while at the same time being showered with awards by Hitler. Of the aerial victories that placed him among the top three fighter pilots in history.
Of an operational career that began on the Me and culminated with the F A life, unequalled in war and peace, and in the skies above four continents. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published by Neunundzwanzig Sechs-Verlag first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions 2. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about My Logbook , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of My Logbook: Reminiscences, - Feb 07, Karla rated it really liked it Shelves: war-world-war-2 , aviation , non-fiction , dead-tree. First off, I'm so grateful that the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek agreed to loan their copy to my library. I originally requested this for my uncle, then decided to read most of it myself, so their generosity has made two people very happy.
By then, the era of history I'm most interested in was over, and the book was becoming extremely heavy to hold. Oversized hardcovers with thick glossy pages tend to do that First off, I'm so grateful that the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek agreed to loan their copy to my library. Oversized hardcovers with thick glossy pages tend to do that. My wrists couldn't take it anymore. But for what I read, I greatly enjoyed myself. There were some very dry patches as squadron movements along the front were described and pilots' commands were shifted around, as well as the nuts and bolts of the planes themselves.
It was like listening to someone tell you about their awesome new car. So I skimmed over those parts to get back to the "story. Despite this being a memoir, he still seemed a bit standoffish at points, but overall came across as a very even-handed, modest, and likable person. He admits to ambivalent feelings about some of this colleagues Erich Hartmann, Johannes Steinhoff, Walter Krupinski but it's done without any malice.
His comments about Hermann Goering, however I also liked the glimpses into his rather hectic early married life. It was definitely the "human interest" part of this book. His wife Hertha was the doctor who tended him after a crash that fractured his spine in 3 places.
They married soon after and were kept constantly apart by the war. Her pre-war "activities" of helping a few Jewish families escape to England threatened her freedom and his career, but he stood by her and the matter was dropped with intervention by his superiors. The one thing that came across loud and clear was the "special" bond shared by all pilots, no matter which side they fought on. It wasn't about killing the other person, but winning. Those pilots who wanted to make sure their opponent was dead shot while parachuting, for example weren't looked upon kindly.
It's the same attitude I've read about the aces of the First World War, that chivalry might have been dead in the trenches, but it was alive in the air. A noble sentiment, even if it didn't always end well. I'm not as up on Luftwaffe history as I was a decade ago, but this was still an interesting read. However, all copies are signed by Rall, so at least it's got some resale value.
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My Logbook: Reminiscences, 1938 - 2006
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