Maidstone, rep., 1979. 203 pp., photo-plates. D.j., 21 x 14cm. 2 tape marks to edge of inside flaps of d.j., & e.p.’s o/w V.G.+. This is one of the most exciting war books ever written. It is a story not only of high courage but of almost unbelievable endurance, of 2530 operational flights by one man, Hans Ulrich Rudel, on the Eastern front. Eleven times he was decorated – the Iron Cross, the Knight’s Cross, the Oak Leaves, the Swords, the Diamonds – until finally Hitler invented a new medal, a unique award to be conferred on this great warrior who had knocked out 400 Soviet tanks and sunk the battleship MARAT. The author’s account of his war and the manner in which he fought it is thrilling and it is a miracle that he lived to tell it. He lost a leg as a result of one of his many crashes and he describes how Bader tried to get him fitted up with an artificial leg when he was a P.O.W.