Messerschmitts Over Sicily: Diary of a Luftwaffe Fighter Commander

Messerschmitts Over Sicily: Diary of a Luftwaffe Fighter Commander
Author: Johannes Steinhoff
Language English
Pages: 271
ISBN10: 0811731596
Genre: History
Series Stackpole Military History
Goodreads Rating: 4.09
ISBN13: 9780811731591
Published: August 20th 2004 by Stackpole Books

Based on the author's personal World War II diaryAn unflinching look at Luftwaffe combat, tactics, and leadership during the campaign for SicilyA concluding chapter assesses the war's ons for air forcesIn 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 GAring, 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."