Hans-Ulrich Rudel, Germany’s most highly decorated combat pilot, only Hans- Ulrich Rudel pulls his Junkers JuB Stuka out of a dive after. Hans Ulrich Rudel was a Stuka dive-bomber pilot during World War 2. The most highly decorated German serviceman of the war, Rudel was one of only The year-old Silesian pastor’s son, Ulrich Rudel began his pilot training for the German Luftwaffe in Rudel volunteered for the new.

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First and foremost is the almost mythical tenacity, devotion, and stamina possessed by Rudel, who often flew back-to-back combat sorties from dusk til dawn, often in terrible weather, and almost always under intense anti-aircraft fire. Terrible weather shielded the enemy from aerial attack.

Hans-Ulrich Rudel – Wikipedia

Gessler, Philipp 20 June Especially the many times he got seriously wounded and refused to rest a bit befo My edition is ugly, pages offensively badly laid out and awfully translated. September ” in German. Osprey Publishing,p.

The style is part of the experience as well, as the author subjects you to his philosophies of life, German sensibilities, and opinions about various people, including Hitler and Goering.

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Stuka Pilot

He fought har I had low expectations for this book. But with two extra passengers, his Stuka bogged down in the mud. It was here that Rudel would leave his first mark in military history. On 23 SeptemberRudel’s squadron was tea-bagging the Soviet Baltic Fleet as they sat helpless in port near Leningrad, and Rudel decided, what the fuck, he was going to set his bomb sights on the huge-ass battleship Maratwhich was currently in the process of hammering the German aircraft with a huge battery of anti-aircraft firepower.


He completed sorties with Rudel and drowned on 21 March when they were making their way to the German lines following a forced landing.

Stuka Pilot by Hans-Ulrich Rudel

I enjoy reading about WWII and there are few that seem ulricy in English that area such telling and potent views from the other side.

Could this superhuman warrior have once been the nervous and delicate, little boy that his mother describes? Open Preview See a Problem? Then I see the Marat large as life in front of me. Going up against odds of up to 20 to 1, he would attack Soviet tank columns with the sky ‘infested’ with enemy aircraft and return to base unscathed.

His hand was such that the Soviets put a price of his head, so that once when he was shot down 50 miles behind the lines, he was forced to set off on foot to outrun the ground troops who were pursuing him. Retrieved 28 November Hitler relented, and Rudel was allowed to return to his unit.

Hans-Ulrich Rudel

The airspeed indicator wound up as the altimeter wound down. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Frequent contributor Don Hollway recommends for further reading: When the war in Europe ended in MayRudel led his squadron to an American-held airfield, where they crash-landed their Stukas and surrendered. The book is terribly written or perhaps translated, who the hell writes a memoir in present tense?


The brutality of his flights are detailed and the sheer magnitude of combat sorties is amazingly recounted. His descriptions of the last months of the German nation are not often written about. Pierre Clostermanna French fighter pilot, had befriended Rudel and wrote the foreword to the French edition of his book Stuka Pilot. With near-complete air superiority on its side, the Stuka was back in its element—relentless blitzkrieg. Too bad he was on the Autobiography of Hans-Ulrich Rudel where he covers his amazing WW2 military career and some of his life after the war in Argentina.

Hans-Ulrich Rudel in Der Tagesspiegel in German. April Learn how and when to remove this template message.

Retrieved 6 January Having said that, I’ll also mention that despite all of the horrible bullshit associated with German ultranationalist Fascism, military historians generally also have to concede the fact that one country can’t possibly fight a war against every civilized nation on Earth at the same time without producing a couple of stone-cold badasses in the process. In FebruaryRudel flew his 1,th mission, for which rudell wing gave him a chimney sweep and a pig both lucky and an pklot goblet full of milk.