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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The Blond Knight of Germany: A Biography of Erich Hartmann by Raymond F. Toliver, Trevor J. Constable

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."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780830681891
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 01/01/1986
Edition description: List
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 468,708
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.74(d)

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Table of Contents

Introductionix
Acknowledgmentsxi
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
12Mustangs161
13Surrender175
14Soviet Prisoner191
15Persuasion and Pressure209
16War Criminal224
17The Shakhty Revolt238
18Release255
19Rebirth269
20Epilogue288
Appendix290
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
Glossary311
Index321

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