The Star of Africa

The Star of Africa by Colin Heaton and Anne-Marie Lewis

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

Format: Hardback, 240 Pages
ISBN: 9780760343937
Publisher: Zenith Press
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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.

Professor Colin D. Heaton served in the U.S. Army and later the U.S. Marines. He was a guest historian on the History Channel program Dogfights: "Secret Weapons," and he has authored several books of military history, including German Anti-Partisan Warfare in Europe 1939--1945 and Night Fighters: The Luftwaffe and RAF Air Combat over Europe, 1939--1945, which he coauthored with Anne-Marie Lewis. He has taught history and military history at American Military University. 

Anne-Marie Lewis received her BA with honors and MA from American Military University in international relations and is also a professional photographer. She lives in Southport, North Carolina.

Format: Hardback, 240 Pages
ISBN: 9780760343937
Illustrations: 24 b-w photos
Size: 5.75 in x 8.75 in x 0.875 in / 146.05 mm x 222.25 mm x 22.225 mm

"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

"A well-written, insightful, quality book, it entertains while it educates; it is highly recommended." - Military Review

"The book is very well researched and written. The authors contacted a number of surviving Luftwaffe veterans who had known or flown with Marseille. Their accounts show him "warts and all" as he was at the time." - Air Power History