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The Women Who Flew for Hitler

The True Story of Hitler's Valkyries

4.29 based on 34 ratings & 6 reviews on Goodreads.com
Macmillan

29 June 17
9781447274247
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£16.99
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Synopsis

Hanna Reitsch and Melitta von Stauffenberg were talented, courageous and strikingly attractive women who fought convention to make their names in the male-dominated field of flight in 1930s Germany. With the war, both became pioneering test pilots and both were awarded the Iron Cross for service to the Third Reich. But they could not have been more different and neither woman had a good word to say for the other.
Hanna was middle-class, vivacious and distinctly Aryan, while the darker, more self-effacing Melitta, came from an aristocratic Prussian family. Both were driven by deeply held convictions about honour and patriotism but ultimately while Hanna tried to save Hitler's life, begging him to let her fly him to safety in April 1945, Melitta covertly supported the most famous attempt to assassinate the Führer. Their interwoven lives provide a vivid insight into Nazi Germany and its attitudes to women, class and race.

Acclaimed biographer Clare Mulley gets under the skin of these two distinctive and unconventional women, giving a full - and as yet largely unknown - account of their contrasting yet strangely parallel lives, against a changing backdrop of the 1936 Olympics, the Eastern Front, the Berlin Air Club, and Hitler's bunker. Told with brio and great narrative flair, The Women Who Flew for Hitler is an extraordinary true story, with all the excitement and colour of the best fiction.

In the media

A fine account of Christine Granville's extraordinary war, told with skill and care . . . Mulley succeeds in making her human . . . inspiring
Literary Review on The Spy Who Loved
Compulsively readable . . . Clare Mulley has done a dogged piece of detective work piecing together Christine's ultimately tragic life. Understandably obsessed by her charismatic subject, she has written a thrilling book and paid due homage to a difficult woman who seized life with both hands.
Daily Telegraph on The Spy Who Loved
Vividly drawn . . . this is a thrilling story.
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Clare Mulley at Lavenham

Clare Mulley at Lavenham

  • Lavenham Village Hall
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  • 18 November 2017 10:00
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Join Clare Mulley, author of 'The Women Who Flew for Hitler' at Lavenham Literature Festival, on the 18th November at 10am as she discusses the inspiration for her book: Hitler's personal valkyries...

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Clare Mulley at BBC History Magazine Weekend

Clare Mulley at BBC History Magazine Weekend

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  • 25 November 2017 15:40
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Brilliant pilots Hanna Reitsch and Melitta von Stauffenberg fought convention to make their names in the male-dominated field of flight in 1930s Germany. With the war, both became pioneering test p...

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