by Graham Hurley. Head of Zeus, 2021.
Reprinted with permission.
Oberstleutnant Georg Messner occasionally wondered whether he’d fallen in love with his boss.
Messner had first served under Richthofen half a decade ago in the Condor Legion, fighting the Republican armies in the mountains of northern Spain. He knew how difficult, how outspoken this man could be. He treated superiors and underlings alike with a rough impatience which brooked no excuse when things went wrong. His men feared him, of that there was no doubt, but he brought them comfort as well because he was – more often than not – right.