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Stuka Pilot by Hans Ulrich Rudel

Stuka Pilot (1949)

by Hans Ulrich Rudel

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Interesting lesson from this true story is the difference one determined man can make. The story of a life lived vigorously. ( )
  Chris_El | Mar 19, 2015 |
This book is written very well. Rudel does a good job of putting you into the cockpit with him as he flies and fights his way through the Eastern Front. That being said, the copy that I read had many grammatical and spelling errors, presumably the translators fault. On top of all this it was hard to develop any sort of sympathy for a man who led a Neo-Nazi political party after the war.

All during my reading of the book in the back of my mind Im constantly remembering that this man was a unapologetic Nazi till the day he died. Perhaps this shouldnt be reflected in my rating of the book itself, as very little about this is opined on but regardless it did effect my enjoyment as I read it. ( )
  Luftwaffe_Flak | Feb 6, 2014 |
Rubel was one of the most successful pilots on any side of any war. With over 300 tank kills, and around 3000 sorties under deteriorating conditions. The most decorated German in WW2 he gives a unique perspective on the war from his viewpoint some years later. Unfortunately; his narrative style is more that of someone telling tales in a Bar but this could be because of the loss of his logs on his surrender. He doesn't get into much of the politics aside from a hatred of socialism and a fear of the red menace. Coming from East Germany it's really no surprise. He also doesn't get much into the operational or strategic aspects as to why his unit is where it is. ( )
  dswaddell | Aug 12, 2010 |
This what you would expect from a died in the wool Nazi. He revels in the early years of victory and blames the Romanians, and the will of others for the defeat.

His descriptions are vivid and his career is incredible.

A worthwhile book. ( )
  yeremenko | Nov 7, 2009 |
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