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During the years when the ...
During the years when the outcome of World War II was very much in doubt, the skies over Europe were the setting for the fiercest air battles ever fought. No pilots were more feared than those of the Jagdgeschwader 26, Germany's greatest fighter wing. A microcosm of the entire war exists in the rise and fall of this legendary unit. (Military History)
Posted January 29, 2000
JG26 documents a detailed rise and fall of Germany's premier fighter group on the western front. The book is well documented with the amount of kills and missions almost on a day to day basis. The book reads almost like a diary. At the same time this may be the book's greatest fault. I felt the book fell into a routine,i.e.,the squadron goes up, shoots down X amount of enemy planes, and lost X amount of planes. At the same time these details are well documented, how many planes participated in the air battle, who got shot down and/or how each pilot survived or got killed. The book even documents whether the pilots over claimed their kills. I would have liked to have read more about the ground crews, their shortages,a day in the life of a Luftwaffe pilot and some of the more unusual missions.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.