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XyZspineZyX
07-21-2003, 01:47 PM
I'm thinking of buying some good WW2 books to read. You guys have any ideas? I like to read war stories written by real pilots soldiers and etc.

By the way, thanks for a great forum!

//Micke

XyZspineZyX
07-21-2003, 01:47 PM
I'm thinking of buying some good WW2 books to read. You guys have any ideas? I like to read war stories written by real pilots soldiers and etc.

By the way, thanks for a great forum!

//Micke

XyZspineZyX
07-21-2003, 01:52 PM
The best books on the Eastern Front perspective of things are the Black Cross/Red Star Series, you will have to look hard for volume one as its out of print.

Rageman - Living up to his name.

XyZspineZyX
07-21-2003, 01:57 PM
Look like a good series! I found Volume 3 for approx 50 US $. Sounds fair to me, maybe I'll give it a try! Thanks a lot!

//Micke

XyZspineZyX
07-21-2003, 01:57 PM
You can get helmut Lipfert's biography. He was a 202 kill ace on the EF. After the war he became a school teacher and would not talk about the war.

"Hauptmann Helmut Lipfert's vivid portrayal of his experiences in JG 52 during the last three years of the Second World War will stand as one of the truly classic chronicles of the Jagdwaffe over Russia. JG 52 Experten Walter Krupinski, Erich Hartmann, Gerhard Barkhorn and Heinz Ewald make their way through Lipfert's memoirs in an epic tale of combat over the Caucasus, Crimea, Hungary, and Rumania during the late war years of 1943-1945."


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XyZspineZyX
07-21-2003, 02:02 PM
Thanks alot! I've got alot of reading to do!! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Keep'em coming!

//Micke

XyZspineZyX
07-21-2003, 02:10 PM
"The Air Battle for Malta" by James Douglas-Hamilton.

XyZspineZyX
07-21-2003, 02:12 PM
A great book I read about 20 years ago, HORRIDO!! by Tolliver and Constable. It is the cry the luftwaffe aces made when they shot down an aircraft. It is out of print, but your library should have a copy. It is a great book on tactics, history, stories of the great aces of the luftwaffe. It has a handy glossary of terms too. It is a great book for an overall picture of the luftwaffe fighter aces.

Adolph Galland's first and last is also great. Can be picked up at your local library.

Samurai by the japanese ace Suburo Sakai is also a fine history of the air war in the pacific. Lot of good flying stories and gives a glimpse from the other side. As you can see, I prefer accounts of the other side- no bias.

Good luck

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XyZspineZyX
07-21-2003, 02:21 PM
Last year I found "Stories of the 357th" homepage!

http://www.cebudanderson.com/combatstories.htm

A lot of great stories about pilots from that fighter group! I have read each story at least two times!
Yea I know, I have no life! : )

//Micke

XyZspineZyX
07-21-2003, 02:28 PM
"Campaigns of World War II: The Eastern Front"

Duncan Anderson/ Lloyd Clark/ Stephen Walsh

Amber Books Ltd.


i have the german version of the book

fluke39
07-21-2003, 02:51 PM
'Stalingrad' by Antony Beevor IIRC - good book -obviously focuses on Stalingrad, but does also cover the eastern front generally. (isn't really written /from the perspective of a soldier etc though)

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XyZspineZyX
07-21-2003, 03:03 PM
This book is fictional about an RAF Squadron during the Battle of France & the Battle of Britain,called 'A piece of cake' by Derek Robinson.It's just about my favourite book and an absolutely cracking read.
My online nickname is No601_Moggy after 1 of the characters in the book.

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XyZspineZyX
07-21-2003, 03:21 PM
Less known books-


"Wake of the Wahoo" by Forrest Sterling- he was yaoman aboard one of the most successful US subs in the Pacific for her 2nd, to second to last war patrol, when she was lost at sea.

"An ace of the eighth" by Norman Fortier- he flew P47s and P51s in the 8th airforce


personally my favorite- "Little Friends" by Saunders and Kaplan. Neither one was a pilot in WWII, but rather the book is filled with experiences, quotes, anecdotes and oral histories of US fighter pilots and their allies, stationed in England in WWII. Includes a recount of a Mustang mission with time-line, from the pilot waking up to landing after his 8 hour-plus mission, including what he ate for lunch.




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XyZspineZyX
07-21-2003, 03:25 PM
Some must to read books:First and the last by Adolf Galland,
Luftwaffe fighter aces by Mike Spick,
Finnish aces of World War 2 / Kari Stenman and Kalevi Keskinen.
Stormbird by Hermann Buchner

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XyZspineZyX
07-21-2003, 03:38 PM
well, the jg26 war diary is also a pretty good read.

also worth getting, JG7 the worlds first jetfighter unit by Manfred Boehme.

and a book in German about the Stuka aces. Very interesting read indeed.

I'm a crappy pilot, but one hell of a shot.

XyZspineZyX
07-21-2003, 03:51 PM
"Double fighter knight" by Ilmari Juutilainen. Finlands highest scoring ace. Very interesting reading and good stories thruout the whole Finnish-Russian conflict, from the winterwar until the end of the continuationwar.

XyZspineZyX
07-21-2003, 04:36 PM
fluke39 wrote:
- 'Stalingrad' by Antony Beevor IIRC - good book
- -obviously focuses on Stalingrad, but does also
- cover the eastern front generally. (isn't really
- written /from the perspective of a soldier etc
- though)

By the above book. Then watch the movie Stalingrad (1993) and Enemy At The Gates.

Beevors book is kinda a thrilling documentary. Alot of interesting facts but he also describes the environment in details.
It brings you right back to 1941-43.
Scary.

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