The Star of Africa

The Star of Africa

The Story of Hans Marseille, the Rogue Luftwaffe Ace Who Dominated the WWII Skies

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Grand Central Pub

"Heaton expertly portrays Marseille as one of history's great fighter pilots, as well as a man who lived life to the full and who fought with honor." — Dennis Showalter

The Star of Africais a biography of the dramatic life and meteoric career of German Luftwaffe Captain Hans-Joachim Marseille, the "Star of Africa.” Marseille, a legendary figure in the annals of military history, had 158 kills to his name and was one of the rare recipients of the Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords, and Diamonds, the Third Reich’s highest honor awarded for valor in combat. Unlike other German fighter aces, Marseille is also a famous figure in the public imagination in the United States and other English-speaking countries, where his rebellious nature, iconoclastic behavior, and early death have nourished his reputation just as greatly as his exceptional skill and chivalrous conduct as an adversary.



Baker & Taylor
Chronicles the life of the undisciplined Luftwaffe officer whose skills as an air pilot bloomed while under the tutelage of Eduard Neumann, looking at how he was able to both reject Nazi ideology and become Germany's greatest fighter pilot.

Mbi Pub Co

"Heaton expertly portrays Marseille as one of history's great fighter pilots, as well as a man who lived life to the full and who fought with honor." — Dennis Showalter

The Star of Africais a biography of the dramatic life and meteoric career of German Luftwaffe Captain Hans-Joachim Marseille, the "Star of Africa.” Marseille, a legendary figure in the annals of military history, had 158 kills to his name and was one of the rare recipients of the Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords, and Diamonds, the Third Reich’s highest honor awarded for valor in combat. Unlike other German fighter aces, Marseille is also a famous figure in the public imagination in the United States and other English-speaking countries, where his rebellious nature, iconoclastic behavior, and early death have nourished his reputation just as greatly as his exceptional skill and chivalrous conduct as an adversary.


A biography of Hans Marseille, one of the Luftwaffe’s most daring and famous pilots during World War II. This book traces his all-too-brief career, as well as his rebellious nature, iconoclastic behavior, and reputation born from his exceptional skill and chivalrous conduct as a pilot.



Publisher: Minneapolis, MN :, Zenith Press,, 2012
Description: xvi, 224 pages, 8 pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9780760343937
0760343934
Branch Call Number: 940.544943 Mar
Additional Contributors: Lewis, Anne-Marie

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