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The Star of Africa

The Story of Hans Marseille, the Rogue Luftwaffe Ace Who Dominated the WWII Skies

The Star of Africa
Format: Hardcover, 240 Pages
ISBN: 9780760343937
Publisher: Zenith Press
Illustrations: 24 b/w photos
Size: 5.75 x 8.75
Weight: 1 lb.
Published: Nov. 12, 2012
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"Heaton expertly portrays Marseille as one of history's great fighter pilots, as well as a man who lived life to the full and who fought with honor." — Dennis Showalter


The Star of Africais a biography of the dramatic life and meteoric career of German Luftwaffe Captain Hans-Joachim Marseille, the "Star of Africa.” Marseille, a legendary figure in the annals of military history, had 158 kills to his name and was one of the rare recipients of the Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords, and Diamonds, the Third Reich’s highest honor awarded for valor in combat. Unlike other German fighter aces, Marseille is also a famous figure in the public imagination in the United States and other English-speaking countries, where his rebellious nature, iconoclastic behavior, and early death have nourished his reputation just as greatly as his exceptional skill and chivalrous conduct as an adversary.

Colin Heaton (Wilmington, NC) is a professional historian specializing in German aviation in World War II and is also an author who actively promotes his titles on a dedicated website, in social media, and through signings, military shows, and author interviews. He is the author of Noble Warrior (2010, Zenith), The German Aces Speak (2011, Zenith), and The Me 262 Stormbird (2012, Zenith).

Anne-Marie Lewis (Southport, NC) has coauthored Night Fighters: The Luftwaffe and RAF Air Combat over Europe 1939–1945, The German Aces Speak, Noble Warrior and The Me 262 Stormbird.


"This book is an excellent read not only as a biography but also as an education into the times he lived in as well as how he was able to be so spectacular inside as well as outside of combat. This is the book to get regarding Marseille, hardly another is needed." - Travel for Aircraft, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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