Die Ritterkreuzträger der Kampfflieger, Bd. 2

Die Ritterkreuzträger der Kampfflieger, Bd. 2
Ernst Obermaier’s books Die Ritterkreuzträger der Jagdflieger and Die Ritterkreuzträger der Stuka- and Schlachtflieger were first printed in the 1960s and 70s. Later revised, these titles are still considered standard works on the subject. Obermaier planned a third volume, which was to have dealt with Knight’s Cross winners from the bomber arm. Work on the book had begun, but was far from complete, when Ernst Obermaier died unexpectedly in 1997.

Jochen Kaiser took over Obermaier’s files and, together with a number of German aviation historians, continued work on the project. After more than 10 years of research, he has now completed Volume I of Die Ritterkreuzträger der Kampfflieger. In its 272 pages the author describes the military careers, special missions and fates of five winners of the Swords, 26 winners of the Oak Leaves and 191 Knight’s Cross winners, whose names begin with the letters A through K. Volume 2 covers 165 Ritterkreuzträger with the letter L till Z and one Oak Leave amendment, corrections and additions, photos of award ceremonies, successful crews, group photos, funerals and graves, as well as documents and log books. The book is illustrated with a portrait photo and three or four other photos each winner of the Swords and the Oak Leaves, and two photos of each winner of the Knight’s Cross, a portrait photo and another photo depicting a milestone event, an aircraft or a mission tally on the tail of an aircraft. Volume I thus contains more than 510 photos, Volume 2 more then 440 photos, some of them in color.

As the publisher anticipates that this topic will only appeal to a small circle of readers, the publisher has decided to print just 600 copies. At present there are no plans for a second printing.

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Illustrated with 421 b/w- and 25 color-photographs.
Author: Jochen Kaiser
Pages: 256
Language: German
Edition: 1
Year of publication: 2011
Dimensions: 30 x 21. 5 cm Binding: Hardcover

Weight: 1.60 kg

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