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Black Tulip: The Life and Myth of Erich Hartmann, the World's Top Fighter Ace

Black Tulip: The Life and Myth of Erich Hartmann, the World's Top Fighter Ace (EPUB ebook)

By Schmidt, Erik

Black Tulipis the dramatic story of history's top fighter ace, Luftwaffe pilot Erich Hartmann. It's also the story of how his service under Hitler was simplified and elevated to Western mythology during the Cold War. Over 1,404 wartime missions, Hartmann claimed a staggering 352 ...airborne kills, and his career contains all the dramas you would expect. There were the frostbitten fighter sweeps over the Eastern Front, drunken forays to Hitler's Eagle's Nest, a decade of imprisonment in the wretched Soviet POW camps, and further military service during the Cold War that ended with conflict and angst. Just when Hartmann's second career was faltering, he was adopted by a network of writers and commentators personally invested in his welfare and reputation. These men, mostly Americans, published elaborate, celebratory stories about Hartmann and his elite fraternity of Luftwaffe pilots. With each dogfight tale put into print, Hartmann's legacy became loftier and more secure, and his complicated service in support of Nazism faded away. A simplified, one-dimensional account of his life-devoid of the harder questions about allegiance and service under Hitler-has gone unchallenged for almost a generation. Black Tuliplocates the ambiguous truth about Hartmann and so much of the GermanWehrmacht in general: that many of these men were neither full-blown Nazis nor impeccable knights. They were complex, contradictory, and elusive. This book portrays a complex human rather than the heroic caricature we're used to, and it argues that the tidy, polished hero stories we've inherited about men like Hartmann say as much about those who've crafted them as they do about the heroes themselves.
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ISBN 9781612008257
Published 29 Feb 2020
Publisher Casemate
Available in EPUB format
Software Adobe Ebook Compatible Devices
Language en

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ISBN-13 9781612008257
Stock Available
Status Wheelers ePlatform
Publisher Casemate
Imprint Casemate
Released 29 Feb 2020
Publication Country
Format EPUB ebook
Author(s) By Schmidt, Erik
Category Biography & Autobiography
Biography & Autobiography: General
True Stories: War / Combat / Elite Forces
World History
World History: Second World War
World History: Postwar, From C 1945 -
European History
Military History
Fascism & Nazism
International Relations
Civil War
Battles & Campaigns
Aviation Skills / Piloting
Number of Pages 240
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Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience