Adolf Galland Book Review
By Ray Mehlberger
|Date of Review||April 2010||Title||Adolf Galland|
|Author||Robert Michulec & Donald Caldwell||Publisher||Mushroom Model Publications|
|Format||88 pages, softbound||MSRP (USD)||$18.00|
Mushroom Model Publications (MMP) is based in the UK. They have their books printed in Poland by Stratus in the English language. MMP now has a U.S. distributor for their books, located in Pennsylvania by the name of Casemate.
There is no doubt that Adolf Galland is today the best-known member of the WWII Luftwaffe. His fame rests not only on his skill as a fighter pilot – he was one of only a handful of pilots to claim more than 100 victories against the Western Allies – but on his skills as a combat commander and his successes and failures as General of the entire German fighter force. A position that he held for three full years.
His classic memoir, “The First and the Last”, established his reputation in the English-speaking world, and remains in print in several languages more than forty years after it’s original publication.
This book, Copyright 2003, accounts Galland’s battles with Hitler and Goring over the strength, disposition, and honor of his fighter force. While inevitably one-sided, had prevailed, and has placed Galland’s place in history as one of the most significant figures of the war.
The book follows his career from his service with the Legion Condor during the Spanish Civil War, flying a He-51 biplane, to post war activities.
The book is in Mushroom Model Publications usual soft-cover 9½” x 6½” format for a lot of their books on aircraft subjects. It is 88 pages long.
It contains 74 black and white wartime photos of Galland and his various aircraft he flew. Four of these pictures are of the kill marks that were on the tails of his planes. On photo shows his grave stone. He died on February 9th, 1996. There is an illustration of his famous personal marking of Mickey Mouse.
At the back of the book is a interview he had on October 1, 1991 with interviewer Don Caldwell (co-author of this book). There is a color painting of his He-51 he flew with the Legion Condor.
This book will be of great interest to aviation historians and enthusiasts, as well as aircraft modelers. Highly recommended.