Major Hans "Assi" Hahn:
The Man and his Machines
S u m m a r y
|Media and Contents:
||Hard cover; 166 pages plus
covers; high quality glossy presentation in portrait 8.5” x11” format;
18 colour profiles; two full-colour pages of emblems, unit badges and
tail/wing markings; additional monochrome profiles with aircraft data;
seven colour photographs; one colour chart; documents and victory
list; 175 historical photos.
USD$39.95 from Eagle
||Very comprehensive photo and
profile coverage of the colours and markings of "Assi" Hahn's
aircraft; interesting and readable episodic text; much of it in the
first person; gorgeous artwork by Tom Tullis; discussion of colour
controversies (especially for the yellow-cowled Bf 109F-2) excellent
format for modellers; four associated decal sheets from
||Highly Recommended for aviation
enthusiasts and modellers.
Reviewed by Brett Green
Declaration of Interest - The reviewer is a published author of Eagle
Jerry Crandall has a lifelong passion for aviation in general, and
Luftwaffe history and aircraft in particular. He is also a modeler. Both
of these traits shine through in Jerry Crandall's latest book, 'Major
Hans "Assi" Hahn: The Man and his Machines'.
This 166 page title is full of readable episodes, focusing on the
flying career of this famous Luftwaffe pilot; but also touching briefly on
his beginnings (including how he got his "Assi" nickname), his
capture and imprisonment by the Soviets in early 1943 and his post-war
Each Chapter revolves around a specific episode in Major Hahn's life.
Many are first-hand reports either from the man himself or by
Although the story of "Assi" Hahn's Luftwaffe career is interesting,
the text is really brought to life by the 175 historical photos. A large
number of these are previously unpublished, and many feature previously
poorly documented or controversial aircraft. Any ambiguity about colours
and markings is discussed in the text - Jerry Crandall really does
understand what modellers are interested in.
Tom Tullis does his usual excellent job with no less than 18 colour
side profiles. Two of these profiles are presented on each page in
landscape format - plenty big enough to see all the detail of the artwork.
Tom has also illustrated Assi Hahn's personal profiles and aircraft
markings in in the colour section.
Additional resources include technical data on the major aircraft types
flown operationally by Major Hahn, and a detailed colour reference chart
for each specific aircraft.
The book is rounded out with a number of original wartime colour
photographs, documents and a Victory list.
'Major Hans "Assi" Hahn: The Man and his Machines' is an
excellent reference for the wartime flying exploits and machines of this
famous Luftwaffe pilot.
It is presented in a perfect format for modellers, and is especially
valuable due to the availability of four associated decal sheets from
Eagle Cals (also reviewed here on HyperScale).
Eagle Editions for
the review sample.
Augsburg's Last Eagles is
available direct from
Eagle Editions website or specialist bookstores
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