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by Heinz Knoke


Heinz Knoke was one of Nazi Germany’s outstanding pilots, and this dramatic record of his experiences.

Heinz Knoke was one of Nazi Germany’s outstanding pilots, and this dramatic record of his experiences. Cover has moderate to heavy wear, some rips, creases, but no writing nor stickers. Pages have moderate wear, but no notes nor highlighting found.

I Flew for the Fuhrer Hardcover – January 1, 1992. Heinz Knoke's wishes were granted

I Flew for the Fuhrer Hardcover – January 1, 1992. by. Heinz Knoke (Author). Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Heinz Knoke's wishes were granted. Barely old enough to shave, the red-haired Prussian joined the Luftwaffe in late 1939, was selected for officer training and flight school, and began a career as a fighter pilot, a career he tersely but entertainingly recounts in I FLEW FOR THE FÜHRER.

Heinz Knoke was one of the outstanding German fighter pilots of World War II and this vivid first-hand record of his experiences has become a classic among aviation memoirs. I Flew for the Fuhrer has been added to your Cart. Sold by: awesomebooksusa.

Thousands more arrive I Flew for the Fuhrer by Heinz Knoke is the most captivating book about the war I have read to date. It's simply impossible to put down. Reading about the war for the first time not from a historians perspective or that of a very high ranking commander but rather from the perspective of an "everyday" soldier gives great new insight into the conflict. It may also of helped that this was the first book I've read written by a German, from a German point of view. Knoke ends this fantastic book simply and powerfully: "The war is lost.

His total included 19 heavy bombers of the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF). He was born the son of a policeman on 24 March 1921 in Hamelin

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Very interesting short movie based on the book I Flew for the Führer by Heinz Knoke. The close flying formation is disorganized completly. Some of the fortresses plunge down in deep dives while others swerve off to the sides

Very interesting short movie based on the book I Flew for the Führer by Heinz Knoke. com/watch?v nuWoh67V-C4 This is especially interesting: 28 July 1943 Enemy concentrations in map reference Dora Dora. We take off at 08:54 hours. Bombs have been slung under. Some of the fortresses plunge down in deep dives while others swerve off to the sides. The bomb dropped by sergeant Fest has exploded in the centre of a close flight of 3 heavy bombers together.

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I Flew for the Fuhrer has been awarded Two Golden OLEG’s: Awarded the Golden OLEG for originality and documentary excellence. Awarded the Golden OLEG for technical achievement of combining game graphics with live actors.

Physical description: vi,191p : ill, ports ; 23cm. Notes: Previously published: London: Evans Brothers, 1953. Subject: Knoke, Heinz 1921- Germany. Luftwaffe - Biography. World War, 1939-1945 - Aerial operations, German. World War, 1939-1945 - Personal narratives, German. Fighter pilots - Germany - Biography. Genre: Autobiography, Illustrated.
Rainbearer
"At 0540 hours this morning the German armies move across the Polish border into action. This means war. Thus ends the last summer of my boyhood. Thus a humble, insignificant individual is caught in the relentless path of the giant wheel of Time. I must prepare for war to descend like an avalanche on my head. I shall have to become as tough as steel, or be crushed. My most ardent desire now is to become a soldier."

Heinz Knoke's wishes were granted. Barely old enough to shave, the red-haired Prussian joined the Luftwaffe in late 1939, was selected for officer training and flight school, and began a career as a fighter pilot, a career he tersely but entertainingly recounts in I FLEW FOR THE FÜHRER. Beginning his active service shooting up airfields in the British Isles, and later participating in dozens of ground-attack missions during the Russian campaign, his first two years behind the stick of an ME 109 were enormously frustrating for him. It wasn't until 1942 that he shot down his first enemy aircraft, but after that the kills came thick and fast, and Knoke's ultimate tally of 33 confirmed and 5 unconfirmed victories (three times what Chuck Yeager scored) is all the more impressive when one considers that each and every one of those kills was against either an American or British aircraft - he bagged Flying Fortresses, Liberators, Spitfires, Mustangs, Thunderbolts, a Lighting, a Marauder and a Mosquito and a Blenheim. He was also shot down himself five times and wounded as many as that, and saw nearly every one of his classmates and comrades - which included Gerhard Barkhorn and Hans-Jochaim Marsaille - either killed or wounded. He wanted war, and he sure as hell got it.

Knoke's memoir is largely written in the quick, Spartan, present-tense style often favored by German soldaten, especially airmen, and weighing in at 175 pages or so, it's a fast read. And as the title suggests, Knoke is not the sort of guy you'd find in a Jack Higgins novel, where all Germans are either cartoon Nazis or cartoon anti-Nazis just doin' their best for Germany. He's in that open-eyed yet unrepentant category characterized by ex-flyers such as Klaus Häberlin and Hans-Ulrich Rudel, men who believe that the Nazi state was flawed but who don't think a whole helluva lot about the Allies either and hate Communism like poison. This attitude, which may dismay some readers less familiar with the many shades of repentance shown by former members of Hitler's Wehrmacht, is actually a selling point of the book from my POV: I prefer emotional honesty to the sickly coat of "please the victors" which is slapped over a lot of postwar German military literature. When Knoke speaks with grim admiration of the British and American airmen - even as he is killing them - he is telling the truth, just as he is when he gloats over mowing down Bolsheviks in Russia as if they were so many lice being thrown into a fire. And indeed, this mixture of cool professionalism - handing out cigarettes to American prisoners of war and swapping stories with them - and scathing contempt (not just for the Russians but for the Italians as well) is an interesting example of the mindset of many Nazi-era Germans, whether they were Nazis or not. The book is also an invaluable record of the declining years of the Luftwaffe; in '43, Knoke and his comrades set about the task of stopping the daylight raids over Germany with enthusiasm and confidence; by early '45 the few survivors strap themselves into their cockpits with the full awareness not only of the futility of their efforts, but the near-certainty of their own horrible deaths. If it's not this mission, it'll be the next one. Or the next one. Or the next. "No one ever remains upstairs," Knoke reflects as he attends the funeral of one of his closest pals. "A thousand flights mean a thousand landings. Somehow you always have to come down, one way or the other. And then one day it will be for the last time."

I FLEW FOR THE FÜHRER is not the best WW2 memoir I've ever read; it is not even the best Luftwaffe memoir I've ever read (so far that honor goes to Rudel), but it is a quick, incisive, honest look into the mind of an efficient and unregenerate hunter of his own species, a man who fought the good fight as he understood it and made no apologies afterwards.
Doukasa
Well worth the cost and thanks to the e-book publisher for converting this to an e-book format.

I found this book valuable for two things. The first is how a manipulative leader can brainwash people. The second is for his honest technical accounts (to him) of the air war from a German World War 2 pilot's perspective.

The diary entries record events almost as they happened with very little lost through time.

An example is how the P-47 with the new paddle blade propeller could suddenly climb with his Bf109. Sabotage from slave labor affects his life.
Kea
A book from a German fighter pilots viewpoint.

I would have liked to know what happened to the pilots Irish Setter. As a dog lover I was intrigued by the brief accounts of the dog's relationship with the German fighter pilot, Heinz Knoke.

I realize that the dog is not important in the overall story but somehow I cared about the fate of that dog.

I would recommend that anyone who cares about ww2 1st hand actions read this book.

I wish that I could have met this author.

Bob Oxfurth
Alianyau
A great read from his early day of just trying to learn to fly to the hopelessness of the final days with so few aircraft and pilots taking on an ever increasing number of allied aircraft.
Usaxma
A truthful account of a young German pilot in do or die dogfights over Europe. Highly recommend this book to any war buffs
JOGETIME
A great book for anyone interested in the Second World War and the men who fought and flew for the Fuhrer.
Lightbinder
Great insights from the axis viewpoint. A bit redundant but a very good read nonetheless.
great read
I Flew for the Fuhrer ebook
Author:
Heinz Knoke
Category:
Historical
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1546 kb
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Publisher:
Presidio Pr; Reprint edition (January 1, 1992)
Pages:
188 pages
Rating:
4.1
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