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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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completely new perspective

I had no idea how the German forces view the war this read. Shine a light into that grey area of how they viewwd themselves and the enemy

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fantastic read if you're a student of history.

it's very interesting to see the perspective of A political German pilots during the second World War.

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Great source of perspective

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. it's a rare insight into what normal men on the other side were thinking. I like to think that not everyone was evil some people were just serving their country.

The only downside was how its read. sounds like a computer the way the narrator reads it completely monotone. But the stories make up for it. Also alot of facts given in the book are verifiable.

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amazing book

great book. loved it. great historic accounts. the stories were addictive. Highly recommended book, worth the money

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Simply Fantastic

What did you love best about The German Aces Speak?

Aside from the wonderful stories of these men, the narrator did an excellent job on this book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The German Aces Speak?

Listening to first hand stories of "The Fat One"

Which scene was your favorite?

Galland's story

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The German Aces Speak

Any additional comments?

Just a fantastic, easy to read and listen to book. The stories are told as though you are sitting down with each of these men and listening to their stories. Apparently there are more of these books. Just hope they come out on Audible soon.

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  • nathan
  • 12-05-17

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...

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  • rats404
  • 05-13-18

Appalling narration. So robotic, I'm returning it

I couldn't get through the foreword, because the narration was so bad. Inflection and stress during each sentence is completely off. it sounds like a text to speech program. I would love to hear the reminiscences of these pilots, but will be returning the title.

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  • Mr. Alan R. Jenkins
  • 05-12-18

GERMAN PILOTS STORIES AND EXPLOITS

SUPERB AUDIO BOOK IF YOU ARE AN AVIATION BUFF. FOUR GERMAN PILOT STORIES TOLD IN DETAIL ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCES DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR. OPERATIONAL DETAILS AND ENCOUNTERS WITH THE LEADERS OF THE REICH ARE ENLIGHTENING IN THE WAY THAT IT DEMONSTRATED THE INCOMPETENCY OF THOSE THAT LED THE GALLANT, BRAVE AND SKILLED AIRMEN BETWEEN 1938 AND 1945. I THOUGHT I KNEW A LOT BUT THIS AUDIO BOOK RAISED MY KNOWLEDGE EVEN FURTHER. 6 STARS.