The Blond Knight of Germany: A Biography of Erich Hartmann

The Blond Knight of Germany: A Biography of Erich Hartmann

by Raymond F. Toliver, Trevor J. Constable


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780830681891
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 01/01/1986
Edition description: List
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 337,520
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.74(d)

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Table of Contents

Authors' Prefacexiii
1Caliber of a Hero1
2The Making of a Man15
3To War32
4Winning His Spurs48
5In the Bear's Grasp64
6Oak Leaves78
7Aces of Fighter Wing 5294
8Fame and Swords104
9Stalin Hawks119
10300 Down and Diamonds134
11302nd Victory148
14Soviet Prisoner191
15Persuasion and Pressure209
16War Criminal224
17The Shakhty Revolt238
Erich Hartmann's Victory Record290
Types of Planes Flown by Hartmann294
Movements of III Gruppe/JG-52295
Personal Data296
Tops and Firsts-Luftwaffe, WWII297
Luftwaffe Aces with Top Decorations298
Hartmann's Handbook of Enemy Strength299

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The Blond Knight of Germany : A Biography of Erich Hartmann 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Redsfan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Such a talented and dynamic individual fighting on the wrong side. If you are on the wrong side you get forgotten.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It is perhaps unamazing that Harmann's incredible lethality is lost in accolades to our far less dangerous allied pilots. Hartmann was, after all, the enemy. Still, it is a great shame that the greatest ace who has ever lived has been relocated to the dustbin of history. I know all the arguments: 'Hartmann fought against 'inferior' Russian pilots Hartmann's victory numbers were inflated Hartmann wasn't rotated home [like allied pilots]. He fought for years... Well, we can't be certain and, odds are great, that he didn't shoot down a precise total of 352 enemy aircraft. Post WW II studies indicate that fighter pilots overstate their kills by an average of fifty percent. There is, after all, the fog of combat with multiple pilots, unaware of one another, ganging up on the same aircraft. One aircraft shot down is multiplied by the number of aircraft shooting at it. There's also the issue of unsubstantiated claims i.e. the aircraft 'going down in flames' that miraculously survives. There's also that oldest of human sins--false witness. Fighter pilots, eager for accolades, sometimes overstate their own prowess although the Germans, in particular, seem to have been more meticulous in their scoring than were the allies. Hartmann would seem to be free of most of these faults. He has clearly forgotten the details of most of the combats he participated in. This is entirely natural. No one could remember over 300 kill, no matter how dramatic. Make no mistake, a liar would 'remember' them well. He would recite every emotion, every scene, evey smell. Hartmann's memory is sometimes hazy which, in my opinion, serves to confirm his incredible score. Was he the greatest ace of all? Marseilles is usually given the credit, which is fine. 157 Western Ally kills in less than a year was an incredible fete in and of itself. Marseilles was unfortunate enough to die in an accident else his score would have gone higher. Then again, what is survival and high scores, but a turn of fate.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Blond Knight of Germany, A Biography of Erich Hartmann is an outstanding book. The book details the life and military career Hartmann a WWII German fighter pilot who became the worlds top fighter ace with 352 kills to his credit. The books details his career rise and subsequent captivity in a Russian prison camp, in which his love of family sustained him through his inhuman treatment. This book is a great tribute to a man whose virtues are inspirational. This is a well written and researched book and, I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Generally a well-written book that details Hartmanns life very well. I personally feel that the authors were a little biased in their opinions of Hartmann, who I would never agree was a war criminal, but he did serve Nazi Germany. The Cold War and consequent distrust of 'Ivan' definitely colored the authors thoughts. The authors did a good job detailing life at the front for the pilots of JG52, but didn't go into enough detail concerning Hartmanns tactics. All around, a good read though.