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Description - Messerschmitts Over Sicily by Johannes Steinhoff

* Based on the author's personal World War II diary* An unflinching look at Luftwaffe combat, tactics, and leadership during the campaign for Sicily* A concluding chapter assesses the war's lessons for air forces In an account of unusual power, Luftwaffe ace Johannes Steinhoff recounts the final days of the German air force on Sicily in June and July 1943. Facing crushing odds--including a commander, Hermann GA ring, who contemptuously treated his pilots as cowards--Steinhoff and his fellow Messerschmitt 109 pilots took to the skies day after day to meet waves of dreaded Flying Fortresses and swarms of Allied fighters, all bent on driving the Germans from the island. A captivating narrative and a piercing analysis, this book is a classic of aerial combat.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780811731591
ISBN-10: 0811731596
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Stackpole Books
Publisher: Stackpole Books
Publish Date: 20-Aug-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Johannes Steinhoff

Johannes Steinhoff was one of the top Luftwaffe aces of World War II, downing 176 Allied aircraft and winning the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords. After the war, he held several top-level positions in the West German Air Force and NATO.

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