PBS ed., n.d. (c.1980’s.) 368 pp., frontis., + 41 other photo-plates + 5 maps & charts. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Light foxing to edges o/w Nr.FINE. 2 Cuttings Tipped-in. The author, the most famous German fighter pilot who claimed 105 victories, has here written the first personal account to be published in English of the rise and fall of the Luftwaffe. He was one of the few survivors capable of telling the full story and as Commander-in-Chief he was closely concerned with tactics and planning and so has many first-hand stories about Hitler, Goering and the indecision’s of the German High Command. He also recalls his meeting with Douglas Bader who in turn described it in his book Reach for the Sky. His book shows how close Germany came to winning the war in the air and discusses why they lost themselves this victory. The author took part in many important air battles in the West, including the Battle of Britain, the escape of the SCHARNHORST and the GNEISENAU and the defence of the Reich against enemy bombing.