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192 pages - 1997 - Used, very good condition
This book is the biography of Heinz Knoke, through which is given his wartime experiences as a German fighter Ace in the Luftwaffe during the Second World War.


Book cover finish Offset varnish, Perfect paperback
Special feature Reprint ( First published in 1953 by Evans Brothers Limited, reprinted in 1991 and reproduced in 1997 by Greenhill Books )
Condition Used, very good condition
Number of pages 192
Published date 1997
Language English
Collection / Series Greenhill Military Paperback
Size 14 x 22 x 2 cm
Author Heinz Knoke
Editor Greenhill Books


Heinz Knoke was one of the outstanding German fighter pilots of the Second World War and this vivid first - hand record of his experiences has become a classic among aviation memoirs, a best - selling counter - balance to the numerous accounts written by Allied pilots.


( ... ) In a text that reveals his intense patriotism and discipline, he describes being brought up in the strict Prussian tradition, the impact of the coming of the Nazi regime, and his own wartime career set against a fascinating study of everyday life in the Luftwaffe, and of the high morale of the force until its disintegration. ( ... )

Heinz Knoke

Heinz Knoke ( March 24th, 1921 - May 18th, 1993 ) was born in Hamelin ( present - day Lower Saxony, Germany ). On July 6th, 1938, whilst watching an air display, he made his first flight, a fifteen - minute joy ride in an old transport aircraft and took the preliminary examination for entry into the Luftwaffe. 

On November 15th, 1939, Heinz Knoke underwent flight training at No. 11 Flying Training Regiment at Schönwald ( present - day Brandeburg ), near Berlin and in August 1940 attended Jagdfliegerschule 1 at Werneuchen ( present - day Brandeburg ). 

In early 1941, Heinz Knoke received his first combat posting, joining Jagdgeschwader 52 ( JG 52 ), II. Gruppe. Throughout the Second World War, Heinz Knoke took part in initial operations during " Operation Barbarossa " ( invasion of Soviet Union, June 1941 ), participated in " Operation Donnerkeil " ( protection of battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau and heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen, February 1942 ) with Jagdgeschwader 1 ( JG 1 ), and fought over the Western theatre of operations, Austria and Nazi Germany. He assumed various commands as an operational fighter pilot and as an Officer Commanding of an air base as well. 

Shot down five times and wounded three times, he was, at the end of the war, credited with 32 confirmed aerial victories, 1 shared, 5 unconfirmed and 5 damaged. 

In September 1945, Heinz Knoke returned to civilian life. From 1951 to his retirement in October 1972, Heinz Knoke was involved in politics as a member of both the Socialist Reich Party and the Freie Demokratische Partei ( FDP, Liberal Democratic Party ). In the mid - 1980s, he joined Osnabrück University ( present - day Lower Saxony ) to study literature and philosophy. 

Heinz Knoke passed away at Bad Iburg ( Osnabrück ), at the age of 72. 

( sources : Wikipedia, )

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