The Big Show: The Greatest Pilot's Story of World War II

The Big Show The Greatest Pilot s Story of World War II This is absolutely the best fighter pilot memoir of World War II Pierre Closterman was a Free French fighter ace and his account of the air war over Britain and France has justly become famous It cont

  • Title: The Big Show: The Greatest Pilot's Story of World War II
  • Author: Pierre Clostermann
  • ISBN: 9780304366248
  • Page: 220
  • Format: Paperback
  • This is absolutely the best fighter pilot memoir of World War II Pierre Closterman was a Free French fighter ace and his account of the air war over Britain and France has justly become famous It contains everything one could wish for wonderfully observed descriptions of wartime Britain, frighteningly evocative stories of in the cockpit action, an amazing cast of characThis is absolutely the best fighter pilot memoir of World War II Pierre Closterman was a Free French fighter ace and his account of the air war over Britain and France has justly become famous It contains everything one could wish for wonderfully observed descriptions of wartime Britain, frighteningly evocative stories of in the cockpit action, an amazing cast of characters, and all the drama and bravery of a man fighting a desperate war thousands of feet above the ground An undeniable classic and a true page turner.

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    1. Kniha samotná patří mezi leteckými memoáry (nejen) z druhé světové války k naprostým vrcholům. Interpretace Jiřího Dvořáka jí ale posouvá ještě minimálně o jednu úroveň vzhůru. Jednoznačně stojí za poslech či přečtení.

    2. Pierre Clostermann's story of flying over 300 combat missions while serving as a Free French Sergeant-Pilot with the RAF. The episode when Clostermann helped remove a fellow pilot from the cockpit of a Hawker Tempest fighter that had crashed and cartwheeled in a flaming wreck while attempting a "wheels-up" belly-landing, and then holding what was left of his burned & mangled friend as he died in his arms was gut-wrenching. And then the next day Clostermann himself, bravely risked a belly-lan [...]

    3. LE livre qui a lancé mon intérêt pour la Seconde Guerre mondiale, certainement parmi mon top cinq des meilleurs livres. Mon exemplaire, en édition originale 1948, relu plusieurs fois, tombe malheureusement en lambeaux tellement je l'ai lu et relu, au point que l'objet fait maintenant figure de relique!Clostermann a une plume intense, décrivant de manière haletante son épopée à travers la guerre aérienne en Europe de l'ouest. Sans être un auteur génial, le rythme de son écriture est [...]

    4. Like most boys my age growing up in the 1970s, I was fascinated by both aeroplanes and war, and thus spent many not-so-profitable hours building and painting Airfix kits, one of which depicted a Hawker Tempest. This particular kit had decals depicting "Le Grand Charles", the personal plane of Pierre Clostermann. My father, when he saw the completed kit, steered me to his copy of The Big Show, which I read again and again during my adolescence.Well I'm grown up now, and interestingly so has this [...]

    5. I thought I knew about the events of WWII. And indeed I do, at least as far as the broad sweep is concerned, and the details of the Battle of Britain and the bombing campaign. But, reading this, I realised that I had assumed that after D-Day, the life of a fighter pilot on the front line was pretty relaxed. How wrong can you be.Clostermann survived, somehow, over 400 sorties, most of them after this date. He spent much of his time attacking German fighter bases, flying through massive flak barra [...]

    6. Clostermann's account of a suicidal mission his squadron of Tempests was sent on in the closing months of the war in Europe exceeds the speeder attack on the snow walkers in the beginning of Empire Strikes Back in terms of sheer visual awesomeness. His squadron bursts from dense cloud cover to find itself over an airfield packed with German transports (including Arado 232s) about to carry personnel to Norway to escape the Allied advance, seaplanes trying to take off, and tons of 20mm and 37mm fl [...]

    7. Apasionante historia de uno de los mejores pilotos aliados en la Segunda Guerra Mundial. El autor llevaba registró en un diario de su vida al servicio de la RAF por lo que hace un repaso exhaustivo de sus misiones, victorias, derrotas y pérdidas.

    8. This is the story of France's leading ace as told by himself, Pierre Clostermann. His English is very good. He flew 420 missions with the RAF as a fighter pilot and shot down 33 German planes. We begin following his story after he started with the RAF. When the war started he was in America studying engineering. His father sent him a telegram telling him to join up with De Gaulle or he was no son of his. So he traveled to England, let it be know he built his own plane at 17 and already knew how [...]

    9. 'Le Grand Cirque', Pierre Clostermann's second world war pilot diary is a gutwrenching account of a free French pilot serving in the RAF, flying for his life against heavily defended ground targets & the crème of the Luftwaffe over western Europe. The final chapters, especially the entry concerning the tragedy at the 12 May 1945 victory fly-past at Bremerhaven, are among the most poignant recollections from a second world war pilot that I have read. Many armchair historians knock this book [...]

    10. The Big Show is a gripping account of a young Frenchman's Second World War experiences as an RAF fighter pilot. The author, who died earlier this century, was still in his twenties when the war ended. Thought the conflict, he kept a daily diary and it's on this that the book is based. He spoke excellent English and translation from his native tongue was not necessary.The overall impressions left after reading The Big Show are those of discomfort, danger, fear and sadness. Clostermann racked up a [...]

    11. One of the very best personal memoires about aerial combat in World War II.Clostermann flew 420 missions with the French Airforce and then with the Free French and RAF. His description of dragging the still-living upper half of a comrade from a burning Hawker Tempest, after that friend's unsuccessful attempt at a dead-stick landing, is particularly grim; especially as the next day Clostermann was forced to make his own attempt at a dead-stick landing.Clostermann's final flight in his personal Te [...]

    12. Exciting, amusing and terrifying by turns. This is a great personal memoir. Written at the time, he makes a number of mistakes due to censorship denying him the knowledge of what was really going on, but this makes it all the more interesting. The most interesting bit is towards the end when he goes back to France and is effectively cold-shouldered. He was an embarrassment. While he had been risking his life and seeing his friends killed, they had been sitting on their backsides knuckling under [...]

    13. Amazing memoir of a young Frenchman who flew with the RAF during WWII. Most of the writing is directly from journals he kept at the time. I found it terribly interesting and also devastating.Born in Brazil to French parents, Pierre Clostermann was attending CalTech when WWII broke out. He graduated early and was in England by early 1941 (still age 19). He flew over 400 missions and was one of few to last out the war.I found it a shatteringly vivid read.He's pretty down on the Americans who fough [...]

    14. Nach "Das Boot" war es interessant mal einen Einblick in den Luftkrieg zu bekommen. Hier in Form eines Missionstagebuch von einem der besten Kampfpiloten aus den zweiten Weltkrieg. Sehr informativ und absolut wahnsinnig, was die Flieger damals leisten mussten. Sprachlich leider nicht ansatzweise so aufregend wie "Das Boot". Aber ein Muss für jeden Fan der Fliegerei.

    15. It's a really interesting book. Especially the early (and the last one) descriptions of flying were awesome and delivered the joy of flight.The examples of how the americans related to the civilians wasn't really a surprise to me but still managed to shock and even sadden me. That's quite unusual nowadays :PAll in all: a pretty amazing book.

    16. A dramatic and acutely-observed account of the experiences of a fighter pilot in the second half of World War II. Pierre had an infectious passion for flying, for people, and for life and conveys all these throughout his books. Pierre also happened to be my great-uncle, which makes this book all the more poignant.

    17. This is the best story I have read about the air war over England and Europe. Clostermann was a true war hero. One that we in the US have never hear of; although, he was credited with the most kills of all WWII pilots.

    18. The first edition was one of my favourite books in the school library, a great tale of daring do. I read the expanded second edition as an adult, it's still a great tale but now exposes the reader to the remorseless attrition that characterised air warfare during WW2.

    19. You can almost feel the dry mouth sensation of then pilot when he describes the combat and dog fight scenes. Vivid as rarely this kind of real history is written. For aviation buffs is highly recommended.

    20. One of the few books on french fliers. I reccomend this to everyone. His exploits were legendary. We'll miss you Pierre.

    21. Simply the best description of the aerial combat in WW2. if you want to know what it felt like to serve on the front line of the RAF during the 2nd world war, you cannot beat this book

    22. A fighter pilot's memoir of his 432 sorties over Germany during WWII. An incredible story of heroism and sadness.

    23. Another perspective on flying duing WWII. These people were amazing, facing death every day and carrying on, despite losing their peers nearly every mission.

    24. I first read this book in the 70's and I've re-read is several times. If your interest about World War Two history from a fighter pilot view, read this book !

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