During the Second World War, one German Luftwaffe pilot compiled a combat record so remarkable that he earned the distinction of becoming the premier fighter pilot in the history of aerial warfare! Erich Hartmann, called the Blond Knight of the German Luftwaffe, achieved the staggering total of 352 confirmed victories. Hartmann's incredible combat record earned him the coveted diamonds to his Knight's Cross, but his wartime exploits convey only an inkling of the drama consummated in Hartmann's life and career. Now, at last, the story of Germany's Blond Knight has been told by the award-winning authors of Fighter Aces of the U.S.A and Fighter Aces of the Luftwaffe. You'll relive Hartmann's extraordinary aerial achievements, the ordeals suffered during 10 years of postwar imprisonment by the Soviet Union, and his subsequent role in the development of the new West German Air Force.
Illustrated with numerous historic photographs-many from Hartmann's own personal files-and silhouette drawings and statistics on the aircraft downed by Hartmann, The Blond Knight of Germany is a colorful tribute to an heroic airman. In the words of Lt. General Adolf Galland, General of the Luftwaffe Fighter Arm from 1941 to 1945 and a personal friend of Hartmann's: "I believe this to be the most remarkable book ever written about a fighter pilot, and all the more noteworthy because it is the leading fighter pilot of all time who has lived through these experiences. I recommend this book as a worthy addition to aviation history."