I find it very fascinating.
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HOW THE LUFTWAFFE FIGHTER ACES ACHIEVED THEIR SUCCESS
The Luftwaffe's leading fighter aces outscored their Allied counterparts astonishingly during World War II--so much so that when the records of these pilots (the Jagdflieger) first became available after the war they were greeted with disbelief. A single ace with a hundred victories might have been credible, but one hundred six aces each recorded one hundred victories or more, and the top scorer claimed three hundred fifty-two. However, postwar research proved that German shoot-down confirmations were given only after rigorous checking.
To discover the secret of the Luftwaffe pilots' success, aviation historian Mike Spick examines the exploits of Nazi Germany's most famous pilots, focusing on the methods and tactics of individual aces, examining the importance of machinery, training, climate, numbers, and theater of war, and using firsthand accounts to put the reader in the pilot's seat. This book is easily the best possible guide to how the German aces achieved such amazing results in battle.
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Troy Whigham (TroyAir@aol.com), an online pilot in 'Air Warrior'., June 4, 1999,
Good history, good tactical reference
I recommend this book for all computer flight simulation air combat pilot and aviation enthusiasts. Mike Spick has taken the favorite tactics of the German pilots of WW2 and presented the material in clear, concise, and entertaining diagrams and text. He starts with the Spanish Civil War and continues on through to the fall of Berlin, covering all of the fronts, the aces that were produced, and tactics which were developed. Companion to this book is Mike Spick's 'Allied Fighter Aces: Their Tactics and Techniques', which follows the same manner as the 'Luftwaffe' book, but from the Allied perspective. Another book on this same subject is 'Aircraft vs Aircraft' by Norman Franks, which covers WW1, WW2, Korea, Vietnam, and Desert Storm. While none of these three books have the technical depth of Robert Shaw's 'Fighter Tactics and Techniques' (the authority on air combat and text book for today's combat pilots), they make a good primer on air combat.
Also recommended: Mike Spick's 'Allied Fighter Aces: Their Tactics and Techniques'; Robert Shaw's 'Fighter Combat: Tactics and Techniques'; Norman Frank's 'Aircraft vs Aircraft'; Michael Michel's 'Clashes: Air Combat Over Vietnam'; and Richard Hallion's 'Storm Over Iraq'