Air war on the Russian Front with Germany's most decorated pilot

  • Price: £ 40

Euphorion edition November 1953. 259 pages with photographs.

Very Good condition hardback book and Very Good condition, unclipped dustjacket.

Possibly the best pilot memoir about the air war on the Russian front, Rudel began his amazing career as a Stuka pilot in Poland in 1939, fought in the battles of Leningrad, Stalingrad and Kursk and finished the war flying an FW190 and minus a leg.

Hans-Ulrich Rudel (1916 – 1982) was a Stuka dive-bomber pilot during World War II. The most highly decorated German serviceman of the war, Rudel was one of only 27 military men to be awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds, and the only person to be awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Golden Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds , Germany’s highest military decoration.

Rudel flew 2,530 combat missions claiming a total of 2,000 targets destroyed; including 800 vehicles, 519 tanks, 150 artillery pieces, 70 landing craft, nine aircraft, 4 armoured trains, several bridges, a destroyer, two cruisers, and the Soviet battleship Marat.

A scarce book in this early edition in this condition with a complete dustjacket. An amazing and eye-opening read.