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The Men Who Killed the Luftwaffe Audiobook

The Men Who Killed the Luftwaffe: The U.S. Army Air Forces Against Germany in World War II

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Publisher's Summary

In this dramatic story of World War II, Jay A. Stout describes how the US built an air force of 2.3 million men after starting with 45,000 and defeated the world's best air force. In order to defeat Germany in World War II, the Allies needed to destroy the Third Reich's industry and invade its territory, but before they could effectively do either, they had to defeat the Luftwaffe, whose state-of-the-art aircraft and experienced pilots protected German industry and would batter any attempted invasion. This difficult task fell largely to the US, which, at the outset, lacked the necessary men, material, and training. Over the ensuing years, thanks to visionary leadership and diligent effort, the US Army Air Force developed strategies and tactics and assembled a well-trained force that convincingly defeated the Luftwaffe.

©2010 Jay A. Stout (P)2017 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"A marvelously written work! Stout...offers stirring firsthand accounts of the strategies and doctrines that won the air war over Europe." (Col. Walter J. Boyne [Ret.], USAF, former director of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum)

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    Daniel H. Johnson, Jr.., MD Metairie, Louisiana United States 03-27-17
    Daniel H. Johnson, Jr.., MD Metairie, Louisiana United States 03-27-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great anecdotes."

    This book is not well organized (or I could not recognize how it was organized) but it is full of interesting vignettes that more than make up for that one drawback.

    The performance is excellent.

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    Michael Great Falls, MT, United States 03-06-17
    Michael Great Falls, MT, United States 03-06-17 Member Since 2005

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    "Great book!"
    What did you love best about The Men Who Killed the Luftwaffe?

    I loved the numerous personal stories of the men who flew and crewed the US military aircraft.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love military history, and I am fascinated with military aviation. I am especially interested in WWII. This is one of the best books I have read dealing with those subjects.


    Have you listened to any of Paul Woodson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended.

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    Steve Hillman MD 06-11-17 Member Since 2013
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    "The whole story"

    A lifetime student of WWII, the son of an Ace, who escaped twice from POW status, I must say this is the most comprehensive and informative work I've encountered.
    This is s must read!

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    David West Olive, MI, United States 05-19-17
    David West Olive, MI, United States 05-19-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great History Lesson"

    Very detailed story of the men who killed the Luftwaffe. If you enjoy war history in general and especially aviation history, you'll enjoy this book.

    We owe these men a gratitude we can never repay. Their bravery and heroism can never repay. America repaid these men by ignoring them.

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    Robert S. 02-21-17
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    "World War 2 Air Force history"

    It was an extremely informative book on a subject that I considered myself to be rather well versed. Sometimes was a little like a thesis but enjoyed the info. My Dad was a P47 pilot late in the war and I found myself seeing him in the book

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    D. Shantz Denver 06-02-17
    D. Shantz Denver 06-02-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Great story"

    It was a great story and filled with wonderful personal stories that made you feel part of the war!

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    HMW 03-21-17
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    "The men who killed the Luftwaffe"

    Personal interest stories make for intriguing reading. The stories remind the United States citizen of the sacrifice that these airmen made.

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    M.Daddii Seattle 03-20-17
    M.Daddii Seattle 03-20-17 Member Since 2017

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    "History everyone should know about"

    Highly interesting as a detailed
    account of the US role vs Germany in WW2. A mixture of textbook facts and stories from the brave men who flew the missions. Starts off a bit slow, but couldn't put it down at the end.

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    Byron J. Swafford TheSticks 03-14-17
    Byron J. Swafford TheSticks 03-14-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Starts slow"

    But is really a great listen after the War gets going. I started to give up on this one. Glad I hung in there, it's really worth the wait.

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    Carter L. 02-12-17
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    "A Thorough and Gripping Account"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Of course. It overviews--in a conversational style--how the USAAF grew to become so powerful and effective. And the giants of the USAAF--Arnold, Spaatz, Eaker, etc.--are real people rather than just names. The execution of the strategies is explained in a very compelling way through the stories of the men who actually executed them. The accounts of air combat are very vivid and very compelling.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Men Who Killed the Luftwaffe?

    The story of a bomber crewman who, after being blown out of his aircraft, regained consciousness to find himself falling in the middle of a debris field that was his B-24 only a few minutes before. In the middle of all that falling junk was a fellow crewman--who was without a parachute.


    What about Paul Woodson’s performance did you like?

    I liked that it seemed like he was enjoying the book. And he does a pretty nice job with accents and foreign place names, etc.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, once it gets through the preliminary discussions of leadership, and doctrines, and other foundational elements, the action really picks up and it's hard to put it away.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a long listen, but I don't think this entire story is told nearly as well by any other book.

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