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Ace of the Iron Cross

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Memoirs of German WW1 ace Ernst Udet.
Hardcover, 151 pages
Published July 1st 1981 by Arco Pub (first published July 1935)
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Cormac Zoso
This is the autobiography of the number two ace of WW1 (behind, of course, The Red Baron) and the number one ace to survive the war, Ernst Udet. (He also fought in WW2.) He was instrumental in establishing the Luftwaffe for WW2 but as Hermann Goering turned on him and blamed many shortcomings on Udet, he turned to drink and eventually the business-end of his service revolver as he killed himself in November 1941.

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Rebecca
It's a good read, but while reading do have in mind, that this book was written as propaganda for the Nazi-Party in 1936. This is quite well hidden an only becomes obviously apparent in one of the last sentences of the book: (roughly translated from the German original) "We were soldiers without a flag. We roled up our flag. The Führer gave it back to us. Now it is worth living again for the old soldiers." This also explains, why over half of the book ponders on the first WW and his civil ...more
KOMET
Oct 14, 2012 KOMET rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Udet (1896-1941) began the First World War as a dispatch rider in the German Army, subsequently paid for his own pilot lessons, and returned to the Western Front as a 2-seater pilot in 1916. Two years later, having survived the rigors of aerial combat, he flew for a time under the command of Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen, the legendary "Red Baron", and went on to lead his own squadron. He survived the war as Germany's second-ranking ace and embarked upon a peacetime career as a test pilot and ...more
Eric
Mar 22, 2015 Eric rated it liked it
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Interesting personal account of Oberleutnant Ernst Udet's early military experiences and subsequent flying career. As interesting as it is, it seems to be quite fragmented and incomplete at times. Also, it is thought that the final chapter was written by nazis after his death. There are some wonderful photographs in this addition, making it worthwhile to check out.
Curtiss
The autobiographical flying career of Ernst Udet, with 62 victories Germany's second highest scoring "Ace" of the first world war. Udet describes his enthusiasm for flying, wether in peacetime or in aerial combat.
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Udet was the second-highest scoring German flying ace of World War I. He was one of the youngest aces and was the highest scoring German ace to survive the war (at the age of 22). His 62 victories were second only to Manfred von Richthofen, his commander in the Flying Circus. Udet rose to become a squadron commander under Richthofen, and later, under Hermann Göring.

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