September Evening: The Life and Final Comabat of the 48-Victory Ace Werner Voss

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This is the first full-length biography ever written on the life and death of the nineteen-year-old Werner Voss, who was a legend in his own lifetime and the youngest recipient of the Pour le Mérite, Germany's highest award for bravery in WWI. At the time of his death he was considered by many, friend and foe alike, to be Germany's greatest ace and, had he lived, he would almost certainly have overtaken Manfred von Richthofen's victory total by early spring 1918.

Voss is perhaps...

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September Evening: The Life and Final Comabat of the 48-Victory Ace Werner Voss

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This is the first full-length biography ever written on the life and death of the nineteen-year-old Werner Voss, who was a legend in his own lifetime and the youngest recipient of the Pour le Mérite, Germany's highest award for bravery in WWI. At the time of his death he was considered by many, friend and foe alike, to be Germany's greatest ace and, had he lived, he would almost certainly have overtaken Manfred von Richthofen's victory total by early spring 1918.

Voss is perhaps best remembered for his outstanding courage, his audacity in the air and the prodigious number of victories he achieved before being killed in one of the most swash-buckling and famous dogfights of the Great War; a fight involving James McCudden and 56 Squadron RFC, the most successful Allied scout squadron.

Yet the life of Voss and the events of that fateful day in September are surrounded by mystery and uncertainty and even now aviation enthusiasts continue to ask questions about him almost on a daily basis.

Barry Diggens was determined to find out the truth and his book unearths and analyses every scrap of information concerning this extraordinary young man. His conclusions are sometimes controversial but his evidence persuasive and this study will be welcomed by, and be of great interest to, the aviation fraternity worldwide.

Includes an excellent photographic section.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781904010470
  • Publisher: Grub Street
  • Publication date: 2/19/2004
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 585,151
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Posted July 5, 2010

    Very Good Book

    Werner Voss was my favorite ace of WW1 and is credited with 48 Kills. He was a serious challenge to von Richthofen's record while alive. His score left him ranking as the 4th highest German Ace of the war and the 13th of all Aces.

    As the book states this is the first (and perhaps only full-length) biography about this remarkable ace. Getting any details on the man has always been difficult so this book is a welcome addition to anybody interested in WW1 Air Combat or about the man himself. I wish the book could have gone into a little more detail about him, but that's probably more to do with the lack of available information. Overall it's the best source of data I've ever found on him.

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