View Full Version : Günther Rall: "Mein Flugbuch. Erinnerungen 1938-2004". Great Christmas present.

12-12-2004, 10:17 AM
The long-awaited autobiography of Günther Rall is finally out. I know, because I just got it! (for my birthday...). Rall is the greatest living ace, and no. 3 in the greatest-ever list, with 275 air kills.

My family was even nice enough to get me the Handsignierte Spezialaufgabe at 50 euros. Otherwise it is 35.50.

Lots of b/w photos, 375 pages and a really good read (in German of course) judging from the first 35 pages. Perceptive analysis interspersed with lots of flavour.

Page 1-218: 1930's and WWII. Pages 222-334: Post-war in the Bundesluftwaffe (flying the Starfighter). Appendices of military career, planes shot down and planes flown.

Strongly recommended!

Get it at:

12-12-2004, 11:09 AM
Whoa, this goes right on the "to buy" list!

I was kind of disappointed by the one written by Jill Amadio: "Guenther Rall, A Memoir". Maybe the one from the proverbial horse's mouth will add in some of the detail the former book missed.

12-12-2004, 11:30 AM
Me too, Stiglr. The worst flying book I've ever read, that was. She clearly didn't have a clue.

12-12-2004, 11:40 AM
Sigh, my family doesn't understand any of my hobbies or tastes...

- "Günther Rall" - "Who?"
- "Focke-Wulf" - "What?"
- "Yesterday I flew a Yak over Balaton" - "???"
- "NVidia 6800" - "Huh?"
- "Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber: Soanat¦ tam aris, quam aulis servientes" - "What's the matter with your mouth?"

- "Vic, you're gonna get mad so many hours in front of the PC, making horrible noises"
- "Ah, OK. A game. (The big child...)"
- "Ah, planes. (The big child...)"
- "Ah, baroque music. (The nerd...)"


12-12-2004, 11:52 AM
many thanks - placed my order right now.

did you see that there are some parts of the book you can read from this page as a "test reading". Quiet interesting.

Michael the WildeSau

12-12-2004, 02:41 PM

If anyone is looking for very detailed and informative books on the subject of the war in the desert, I can highly reccommend "KittyHawks over the Sands", and "Hurricanes over the Sands" by Michel Lavigne.

Hundreds of photographs and exhaustively researched histories of all the RAF Squadrons which flew KittyHawks, (P-40's) and Hurricanes over the North African desert in '41-'43.

Also includes very large amount of information from German and Italian sources about the war from their perspective.

Combats are analysed from both sides using combat reports from RAF, Luftwaffe and Reggia Aeronautica records.

They can be obtained from here: (site is out of date, but address is correct)


12-12-2004, 02:47 PM

Shee-ot!! Me in-laws see it like this:

-2= "Yer gonna do WHAT to who?"
-3= "yep,airsickness did tha same ta me o'er Oslo!"

"Free tha flounda Fr'm Flatbush!!"


12-12-2004, 03:04 PM
Are there any plans for an English translation? I'd like to read this, but my German vocabulary is limited to "achtung!," "schnell!," and "alarm!"

12-12-2004, 04:22 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by GoToAway:
Are there any plans for an English translation? I'd like to read this, but my German vocabulary is limited to "achtung!," "schnell!," and "alarm!" <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

You should watch less WW2 movies. You forgot the main ones: "Spion!", "Amerikaner!", "Halt!", "Gute Morgen, mein Oberst!", "Wo ist mein Bier, Fraulein?" and "Deine Papieren, bitte!". http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

12-13-2004, 05:17 PM
Wow, read some of the .pdf excerpts at that web site. This is *exactly* what I was expecting of the Amadio work: actual detail of combat, insights into the conditions, mentions of little quirks in the planes...

If you can read German, this is one NOT to miss.

The other outstanding one being P.W. Stahl's Kamppflieger Zwischen Eismeer und Sahara, the only book I've ever heard of by and about a Ju-88 pilot.

12-13-2004, 07:47 PM
Hajo Hermann's autobiography should also have a good deal about his Ju-88 flying. I just ordered it...

12-13-2004, 07:58 PM


Your German had better be VERY, VERY good if you're gonna read Bewegtes Leben.

Hajo has his own, special writing style, and it's hard as hell to get through. It's somewhat worth it, because he has some interesting missions under his belt.

It's a big, long book, and spans a lot of operations and theatres, but I've still only got 1/3 of the way through it over the years.

It's impenetrable in parts.

12-14-2004, 05:30 AM
Well, let's see if I can hack it!

12-14-2004, 03:46 PM

Ist es moeglich dieses Buch auch in Holland
zu kaufen?

12-14-2004, 03:59 PM
Du kannst das Buch im Online-Shop bestellen. Auch in Holland. Den Link findest du im ersten Post von Freycinet. Ich habe es gerade in die Schweiz bestellt.

Asked in German answered in German http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif To be fair and not to fuel conspiracy theories:

You can order the book in the online shop. Also in the Netherlands. You will find the link in the first post from Freycinet. I just ordered one to Switzerland.

Cant wait to get my hands on my "personally signed" edition!

Cheers http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

12-14-2004, 04:10 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Stiglr:
Whoa, this goes right on the "to buy" list!

Oh yeah. Will definatly be bothering a relative to get me this for Christmas.