Mölders was the first pilot to reach the almost unimaginable number (until that
time) of 100 victories. He fought in Spain, France, over Britain and on the
Eastern Front before dying as a passenger in a flying accident on the way to
Ernst Udet's funeral. His influence and name outlived him in the wartime
Luftwaffe and post-war Germany.
This determined character was equally devoted to his role as a leader.
His pilots and crew dubbed him "Vati" (Daddy) in reference to
his attitude toward them and his experience. Mölders even used the
nickname for himself from time to time.
Robert Michulec's book is an interesting history of the man and the
events that shaped him. The focus is, not surprisingly, his Luftwaffe
service. Given the intensity of his seven year career with the Luftwaffe,
it is unlikely that he had much of a personal life in any case!
During the course of his book Michulec explores the legend and the
pilot; examines Mölders from today's perspective and explodes some myths
set in place by British Intelligence.
88 pages are packed with many photographs and readable text. The book
is interspersed with Tables summarising victories in different theatres.
The book concludes with 8 pages of colour artwork.
I found this book to be an enjoyable read and I look forward to future
titles in the series.