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The German Aces Speak II
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Professor Colin D. Heaton served in the U.S. Army and later the U.S. Marines. He was a guest historian on the History Channel program Dogfights: Secret Weapons, and he has authored several books of military history, including German Anti-Partisan Warfare in Europe 1939--1945 and Night Fighters: The Luftwaffe and RAF Air Combat over Europe, 1939--1945, which he coauthored with Anne-Marie Lewis. He has taught history and military history at American Military University. Anne-Marie Lewis received her BA with honors and MA from American Military University in international relations and is also a professional photographer. She lives in Southport, North Carolina.

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"In this volume, Colin Heaton expands his rare contribution to military history through detailed, revealing interviews with some of the most significant leaders of the Luftwaffe fighter arm. In view of today's politically correct military, it's startling to recall the courage of some Luftwaffe officers in the chilling environment of Nazi Germany and the Soviet gulag. For a lesson in leadership under immense pressure, Western staff and command schools could do no better than to study the example of military professionals who stood to lose far more than the next promotion in opposing Hermann Goering and Adolf Hitler." - Barrett Tillman, author of LeMay and Whirlwind

"Colin Heaton once again brings excellent primary sources to the reading public. He is one of the few historians who earned the trust of the leading German fighter pilots who flew during World War II. Hartman, Steinhoff, Hrabak and Rall shaped the tactics that modern aviators have used for the past 70 years, from air to air combat to ground support operations. These four men also helped develop the German Luftwaffe of today and fostered good relations with the US. Heaton's ability to get these men to speak frankly about the war, Hitler and politics offers readers an insider's unique understanding of the air war during World War II and the men who fought it. This book is a must read for any serious student of the Luftwaffe and World War II." - Bryan Mark Rigg, author of Hitler's Jewish Soldiers, Rescued from the Reich and Lives of Hitler's Jewish Soldiers

"This is a brilliant book. The authors used their diligent research to elicit not just the words, but the souls of four famous German aces, all veterans of NATO. All four men are intelligent, eloquent and have had time to think about their place in history. The authors wisely let them speak from their hearts in their own way. Their individual backgrounds are fascinating, their combat stories thrilling, but most readers will feast on their bold, accurate descriptions of the incredibly corrupt Nazi hierarchy inflicted on them. - Walter J. Boyne, USAF (Ret.), author/historian and former director, National Air & Space Museum

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