Published by AmPress in 1990, 355 pages. Hardback with Dust Jacket (A13UWSO)
On the first inside page their are five signatures and some writing. 4 signatures are in pencil, and one is in pen. The signature in pen reads 'Adolf Galland 5th May 1991'. The writing in pencil reads: 'signed by: Toliver (on half - title), Air Vice Marshal Johnnie Johnson, Galland'. From this, I assume that the second signature in pencil is that of Johnnie Johnson. I can't tell who the other 3 signatures are of. On the following page (described as the half title page), their is a signature that reads 'Raymond F. Toliver'
From the inside fly leaf: Today the most famous German fighter ace and airman of his generation, Adolf Galland began WWII as a lieutenant and squadron commander, flying biplanes. He ended the war as a Lieutenant General - and was again a squadron commander- flying Me-262 jets. In all of aviation history there is no comparable rise and fall by a fighter pilot. Galland's story is simultaneously that of the Luftwaffe Fighter Arm, in which he served from foundation to finish.
FIGHTER GENERAL illuminates the formative years of the young Galland, determined to become a Lufthansa airline pilot under the ailing Weimar Republic. His sailplaning career, recruitment into the secret "Black Luftwaffe" and his service with the Condor Legion in Spain, give a pilot's picture of a crisis-filled era. His star rises steeply with the outbreak of war. He becomes a Goering protege, rapidly promoted to command the elite JG-26 on the English Channel coast.
A highly-decorated ace in the Battle of Britain, he is soon at loggerheads with Goering over unrealis tic fighter tactics. New perspectives appear on the historic battle with the RAF. Sharply drawn is the character contrast and clash between Galland and his formidable sponsor, the Reich Marshal. Promoted to General of the Fighter Arm at age 29, the young ace finds himself the bewildered heir to a vast range of chronic, complex problems.
His masterful command of air cover for the escape of the German battleships from Brest is a moment of triumph, earning him Hitler's brief favor. There after Galland's career is a ceaseless struggle to stem the decline and defeat of his beloved Fighter Arm - a thin umbrella stretching from the Arctic to Egypt.
Galland's prescient warnings of the coming day light bombing threat go unheeded. His efforts to introduce new aircraft types, improve armament, develop tactics, raise new units, expand pilot training and resist misuse of his forces, demand his highest abilities. His three successive resurrections of a Fighter Arm shattered by crazy High Command wastages of men and machines; his forthright defense of his pilot's against Goering's allegations of cowardice; his passionate campaign to bring jet fighters into operation over Hitler's opposition, all combine to force his dismissal. Goering's intention to blame him officially for the collapse, including a kangaroo trial, drives him to plan suicide- averted only by Hitler's dramatic intervention. The Fuehrer orders that he be given a single jet fighter squadron, and sent back into combat.
Galland's war ends with shrapnel in his knee 'and his country in ruins. He survives years of POW confinement and interrogation. Subsequent successful creation of a jet fighter force for Argentina opens the postwar business world to a man whose soldierly integrity and chivalry are respected by hisformer foes. Nearly four decades of international travel, as goodwill ambassador for Germany's fighter pilots, have given final definition to the Galland legend.
FIGHTER GENERAL is a vivid account of a dynamic combat leader torn from the cockpit and forced by mighty events to defend his country and sometimes his own pilots- in the often bizarre bureaucracy of the Luftwaffe High Command. His battles against the Allied air forces, both as a general and in individual combat, hold no less drama than his head-on battles with Goering and Hitler. Galland's triumphs and tragedies, his friends and his flames, his humor and heartaches pulse anew in FIGHTER GENERAL. Here is real-life adventure to shame the wildest fiction.
The condition of the book is generally good. The dust jacket has one or two minor scuffs, and some light wear along the edges and corners, but the spine is intact and all pages are intact, unblemished and tightly bound. The binding has begun to become exposed along the second inside page.