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The Blond Knight of Germany

by Raymond F. Toliver

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Pretty good story of one of Germany;s best aces. Some of the claims that Hartmann made have been discredited in recent years, but no one denies he was a great ace in JG-52. ( )
  kaki5231 | Sep 13, 2012 |
Such a talented and dynamic individual fighting on the wrong side. If you are on the wrong side you get forgotten. ( )
  Redsfan | Jun 3, 2008 |
4157 The Blond Knight of Germany, by Raymond F.Toliver and Trevor J. Constable (read 27 Apr 2006) This is a biography of Erich Hartmann, who was a fighter pilot for Nazi Germany in the Second world war and shot down 352 planes--the most anyone ever did. He was on the Russian front from 1942 to the end of the war. He surrendered to the Americans who turned him over to the Russians--and he was a prisoner of war for almost ten years! His story is of high interest, though one cannot help but be dismayed by the fact that the book does not show he ever became aware of the evil he so ably fought for. There is much about Russian troops' brutality to German civilians at the end of the war, but not a word to indicate that he ever acknowledged the unspeakable evil that went on in German concentration camps. But I suppose that is to be expected. This is a much different book from Soldat (read 4 Feb 1993), Frontsodaten (read 18 Apr 1996), and The Forgotten Soldier (read 1 Sep 1994)--all highly interesting accounts of German soldiers and better books than this, I suppose because Hartmann was always successful and is the world's leading air ace--and was on the wrong side. I enjoyed reading this book, even if Hartmann was admired and decorated by Hitler. ( )
  Schmerguls | Oct 22, 2007 |
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"THE MESSERSCHMITT TERROR OF THE EASTERN FRONT ERICH HARTMANN: * A German youth fanatically devoted to aviation. * A man whose incredible climb to the rank of "ace of the aces" was personally commended by Hitler * A man forced to endure ten and a half lonely years in a Soviet prison camp. * A man whose valor, dedication and 352 aerial kills made him a living legend - and the greatest fighter pilot of all time!"

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