German edition of 'The Blond Knight of Germany', the biography of Erich Hartmann

Signed by Oberst Erich Hartmann


    Inscribed, signed and dated on the front end paper by 

    Erich Hartmann 

    To F/Lt Dave Caroll RAF
    with my best wishes
    and many happy landings
    Erich Hartmann
    Nov. 1972

    Published by Motorbuch Verlag.  First German edition 1972. German Language. 342 pages with photos, diagrams and a full list of victories.  The content is the same as ‘The Blond Knight of Germany’ which actually predated the German edition

    Fine condition hardback book with white boards and black titles.  Fine condition dustjacket, complete, unclipped and in a protective cover. Flt Lt Caroll has written his RAF address on the inside of the front cover.

    Erich Hartmann was the top scoring Luftwaffe fighter pilot of WWII. Nicknamed “Bubi” by his German comrades and “The Black Devil” by his Soviet adversaries, he flew 1,404 combat missions and participated in aerial combat on 825 separate occasions. He claimed, and was credited with, shooting down 352 Allied aircraft—345 Soviet and 7 American—while serving with the Luftwaffe. During the course of his career, Hartmann was forced to crash-land his damaged fighter 14 times due to damage received from parts of enemy aircraft he had just shot down or mechanical failure. Hartmann was never shot down or forced to land due to enemy fire.  He survived the war to spend 10 years as a Soviet POW and then re-joined the reformed German Air Force and commanded a wing of F-86 Sabres before his politically unwelcome views about the purchase of the F-104 Starfighter effectively finished his career.

    This is the classic biography of the highest scoring ace in history, published in Germany, and an early signed copy is a very scarce and collectable volume.