En it gets good from chapter 27 on I really wanted to hear
personal accounts that Galland had with the Condor Legion and his personal experiences accounts that Galland had with the Condor Legion and his personal experiences all of the aircraft that he piloted but instead I got a lot of complaining about the high command and I really hate to say it and it probably wasn t his fault
excuses I do realize the bad situation that he was in but that isn t really what I wanted read about I must give his other book a chance perhaps it is the book that I was looking for I still greatly respect Adolf Galland but working for Hitler and G ring definately had its disadvantages to say the least For such a gifted pilot and warrior Galland is a terribly inept writer His egotistical self promotion left no room for the kind of details his readership pilots andor history buffs would find reuited in other war diaries His prose reads like an Excel spreadsheet or the excruciating who begat whoms of Genesis His agenda appears to be to uantize the folly of Allied strategic bombing an obvious conclusion already known to anyone familiar with the didactic treatments by Joseph Heller or Kurt VonnegutSo sad that no one rescued what was in Galland s head for those
but excuses I do realize the bad situation that he was in but that isn t really what I wanted
of us thirsting for hands on pilot savvy anecdotes from flying 109s 190s and 262s Read this book ages ago but us thirsting for hands on pilot savvy anecdotes from flying 109s 190s and 262s Read this book ages ago but recommend it to anyone wanting a first hand account of the aerial war in world war 2 This was a long read as it is a book that needs time to read Nevertheless an amazing book Also the first half reads a lot slower then the second half Some people criticize Galland s writing as self promoting I didn t detect any of that Fighter pilots for the most part have larger then life personalities that are especially needed in a wartime environment where losses among friends and family are a daily occurrences to keep going against the odds He lost two brothers who both were fighter pilots The insights into the air war in 1943 the ME262 tragedy and the Malta uestion why didn t the axis try to invade are eye opening The mistakes that tipped the balance toward the Allies in a landslide fashion in 1944 because of meddling and uneducated decisions from Hitler on down The inevitable What if uestions are beckoning Hindsight is always 2020 and it is a good thing that we can look at it from the position of past history A very good read for military history fan. The Reich The clearest picture et of how the Germans lost their war in the air Time Illustrations War Histo. .
By David Baker which I have not read sounds as if it covers a number of matters fully Still it s an informative and interesting read The First and The Last by
Adolph Galland 1953 The parents of a colleague of mine shared a table with Adolph GallandGalland 1953 The parents of a colleague of mine shared a table with Adolph Galland during the 1970 s at a reunion of fighter pilots Apparently there was a disagreement regarding the allocation of a bottle of fine Champaign on their table leading to my friend s mother to exclaim in retrospect Adolph Galland he was an ace all right he was also an ass I am not sure what to make of this story except that I wish I could have been at their table Adolph Galland became somewhat of a celebrity after WWII Very few accomplished Luftwaffe pilots survived the conflict even fewer high ranking Generals Galland s memoir does not focus on his impressive string of arial victories but instead concentrates on his time as General of the Fighters and his conflict with Hitler and Goering on how the air war should have been conducted Galland s hatred of Goering is legendary referring to him in derogatory expletives describing how he was continually dismayed at his bazaar behavior Galland obviously alienated by Goering s appearance describes his dress He was clad in a green suede hunting jacket over a silk blouse with long puffed sleeves high hunting boots and a miniature Germanic sword at his hip Hitler s portrayal is one of instability continually ranting and raving insisting on an offensive strategy at a time when Germany was clearly in retreat In general Galland represents the Nazi high command as irrational basically disconnected from reality He conveys well the unbearable stress felt by the decision makers relentlessly fighting a war that was clearly lost The First and the Last is a very polished well written memoir indispensable to the narrative of WWII history I thought this was a great book It really gave me an understanding of what it was like for the German fighter pilots of WWII from the beginning to the end of the war No Hitler No Nazis Just the story of the pilots flying in the war A fascinating inside look at the chaos and poor decisions inside the third reich Must read for anyone interested in this period I have a lot of respect for Adolf Galland The first and the last describe the good parts of this book The first chapters are enough to hook ou and th. Ffers an insider's look at the division's triumphs in Poland and France and the last desperate battle to save. A classic along with Rudel
s memoire from the Luftwaffe side of thememoire from the Luftwaffe side of the war A very interesting account of Gallands through the war ears The legendary German fighter pilot and long serving general of the Luftwaffe s fighter force delivered here a high level overview of how that force was developed used and underused during the Second World War A lot of the bookWar A Very InterestingA very interesting of Gallands
covers strategic decisions and conflicts over aircraft use and development particularlystrategic decisions and conflicts over aircraft use and development particularly self defeating insistence by Hitler and some high ranking officers on making bomber production the priority That s all fairly well known but the book offers a first hand view and does nicely explain some high level tactical developments It disappoints in the nearly complete lack of any description of what life was like in the cockpit and on the air bases the description of a few moments which saw Galland shot down four times and of his harrowing escape after crash landing a jet while under fire from US aircraft attacking his base in the final weeks of the war suggest how the story could have been made vivid He apparently thought he had bigger fish to fry in the form of explaining how the Luftwaffe s fighter force could have been much effective had Nazi leaders gone along with of his recommendationsIt s somewhat disconcerting to read words like unfortunately and alas and tragic in discussions of lost opportunities There s no reason to expect apologies for Galland s service in the war but his wistful memories of what could have been do raise the uestion of how he thought the world might have been a better place if Germany had held out longerThe main steps in the decline are fairly clear The German air force received a rude wake up the first time it faced a determined and capable enemy over Britain in July and August of 1940 Resources were spread so thinly as to be barely adeuate even at that point The invasion of Russia in June 1941 guaranteed that there would never be enough aircraft and pilots unless the war on the Eastern Front was won by the end of 1942 There s plenty of evidence of the courage and resilience that kept German forces dangerous long after the war s outcome was clear There s also evidence of the effectiveness and crucial role of Albert SpeerA few matters get uick treatment or are ignored The Wikipedia entry on Galland provides perspective and a biography. A fearless leader with 104 victories to his name Galland was a legendary hero in Germany's Luftwaffe Now he .