Books: Memories of the Luftwaffe

THE FIRST AND THE LAST: THE RISE & FALL OF THE GERMAN FIGHTER FORCES, 1938-1945 (368 pp.]—Adolf Galland—Holf ($4.95).

War memoirs fall generally into two classes—front-line yarns and headquarters stories. This book, written by one of those fast-rising, baby air generals people joked about in World War II, combines in one man's memoirs both the passion of combat and the perspective of command. Germany's Adolf Galland was made general of the Luftwaffe's fighter arm at 29, after shooting down 94 Allied planes on the Western front. Some of his air-battle stories read almost as...

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