Spitfire On My Tail

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By: Ulrich Steinhilper & Peter Osborne
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A view from the other side

On 27 October 1940, having completed over 150 missions, Oberleutnant Ulrich Steinhilper’s fighter was shot down, crashing into the Kent countryside near Canterbury. For Ulrich, that was the end of everything for which he’d been prepared in the Luftwaffe since his acceptance in 1936. But there is more than a pilot’s story to tell.

We follow Ulrich’s story from a mountain village in southern Germany to Berlin swollen with people for the 1936 Olympic Games to the start of his basic military career, the rigorous basic training and his first faltering steps as a pilot. Participating in the Battle of Britain, he airs his uncompromising views of the conduct of the battle both by the Luftwaffe High Command and the RAF. More than the chronicle of a single pilot’s achievements, Spitfire on my Tail also provides an unusual insight into how young Germans fell for the charms of Adolf Hitler.

 

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