Exercise Machine Almost Strangled Göring

In October of 1937, Hermann Göring, the drug addled slob who was head of the German Luftwaffe, played host at his large estate to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. The Duke, formerly Edward VIII, had recently abdicated the throne of England and was quite taken with the Nazis. Göring showed the Duke and Duchess one of his many fat reducing machines.

Forgetting that he was in his military uniform instead of his workout suit, Göring mounted the machine, his clothes got tangled in its vibrating rollers, and he was almost strangled.

Too bad he wasn’t.

(Source: Hitler and His Secret Partners by James Pool)

Dropping Bombs on Uncle Hermann

The Commander-in-Chief of the German Luftwaffe in World War Two, was Reichsmarshall Hermann Göring, a revolting, vainglorious, drug addled criminal. But other members of the family were diametrically opposed to Hermann and the Nazis, including his younger brother, Albert, who smuggled Jews out of Nazi Germany. Hermann’s older brother, Karl, emigrated to the United States in the early 1900s. When World War Two broke out, Karl’s son, Werner G. Göring, wanted to join the US Army Air Force (the Air Force did not become a separate service until 1947).

After an extensive background check, Werner was allowed to join the USAAF. He became a qualified B-17 pilot, deployed to England, and served with the 303rd Bomb Group of the “Mighty Eighth” Air Force. Werner Goring flew 48 bombing missions over Germany and German occupied Europe. He ended the war with the rank of Captain. The USAAF did not disclose his role during the time he was flying or mention him.

As of 2007, Werner Göring was still alive according to a post I read by Rob Morris, the author of Untold Valor, which profiles Werner and his crew along with other bomber crews.

Hermann Göring’s other nephew, Hans-Joachim Göring, was a pilot in the Luftwaffe. He flew a twin engine Messerschmitt Bf 110. This model was designed as a heavy fighter or Zerstörer, which translates as “Destroyer”. In daylight battles over England during the Battle of Britain, ME 110 equipped Luftwaffe squadrons took heavy losses because the aircraft was ponderous to fly, not at all agile, and made easy prey for single engine RAF fighters.

Hans-Joachim Göring was killed in action on 11 July 1940 when his plane was shot down over England.

[Photo courtesy of http://www.303rdbg.com/358goering.html]

Best Plane of World War Two Made of Wood

From my novel, An Honorable German: “Behind him the Beau Sejour disintegrated, its wooden splinters cutting down the sentries and anyone else close by. There had been no air raid siren, no warning whatsoever, but this was hardly remarkable anymore. The RAF’s high-altitude Mosquito bombers were made entirely of wood and German radar often failed to pick them up.”

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The de Havilland Mosquito, one of the most successful aircraft of World War Two, had an airframe composed entirely of wood. Wood!? In World War Two? As odd as it seems the answer is ‘yes’. The fuselage of the Mosquito was made of balsa wood pressed between two layers of cedar plywood. The rest of the airframe was made of spruce, with plywood covering. The wing was built in one piece, and attached to the lower side of the fuselage structure. The aircraft wasn’t very big: 41 feet long with a wingspan of 54 feet.

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The “Timber Terror” out-performed almost every other aircraft in World War Two. It also functioned equally well as a high altitude night bomber, night fighter, U-boat hunter, photo reconnaissance plane, daytime low altitude bomber, and daytime fighter. No wonder its other nickname was the “Wooden Wonder.” The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography says the de Havilland Mosquito is thought to be the most versatile warplane ever built. I think anyone who studies the plane would agree.

The Mosquito annoyed the Germans to no end. In 1943, said Reichsmarshal Göring, the drug-addicted, foul toad of a man who was C-in-C of the Luftwaffe: “It makes me furious when I see the Mosquito. I turn green and yellow with envy.

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The British, who can afford aluminum better than we can, knock together a beautiful wooden aircraft that every piano factory over there is building, and they give it a speed which they have now increased yet again. What do you make of that? There is nothing the British do not have. They have the geniuses and we have the nincompoops. After the war is over I’m going to buy a British radio set – then at least I’ll own something that has always worked.” – as cited in “Pathfinder Aircraft” published by the RAF

The aircraft was the brainchild of Geoffrey de Havilland, the design and industrial genius behind the de Havilland Aircraft Company in Great Britain. He was a first cousin to actresses Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine – who were sisters. Their father and Geoffrey’s father were half-brothers.

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The prototype made its first flight in late 1940 and was put through RAF testing in February of 1941. It out-performed the Supermarine Spitfire in the two critical areas de Havilland had envisioned: speed and altitude. The Mosquito tested out at a top speed of 392 mph (631 km/h) at 22,000 ft (6,700 m) altitude, compared to a top speed of 360 mph (579 km/h) at 19,500 ft (6,000 m) for the Spitfire. Quite an accomplishment.

By comparison, the US F-16 Falcon fighter jet, which is on active operations in the US and 28 other countries around the world has a a top speed of 1,500 mph, (2,410 km/h) at high altitude, its maximum altitude being 60,000 feet (18,000 m).

During his long life – 1882 to 1965 [45 years ago as of May 21st] – he died at age 82 and had continued to fly until he was 70, Geoffrey de Havilland set many records, invented many things, lived large but he will ever be remembered for the incredible de Havilland Mosquito which was so important to Allied victory. I wish I could have met him once.

Unfortunately the Germans Had Overseas Colonies

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Unfortunately, they did. I say unfortunately because the Germans got into the game of acquiring colonies late and ended up with colonies that were never self-supporting. These overseas colonies were used by the German naval enthusiasts and industrialists as the reason Germany should build a large navy since the colonies would require a navy to protect them.

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Germany thus embarked on a “naval race” with Great Britain. From the time of the Spanish Armada’s attempt to mount an amphibious attack on England in 1588 to the end of the Second World War in 1945, the defense of Great Britain “and her empire beyond the seas” had ever been the Royal Navy.

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Thus for Germany to begin the construction of a massive ocean going battle fleet, or High Seas Fleet as it was known, was to create a mortal threat to Great Britain and lay the ground for World War One.

The biggest German colonies were in Africa. German Southwest Africa, (Deutsch-Südwestafrika), now Namibia, had a German population of 10,000 by 1914. The Germans seized the territory in 1884 and in true German fashion later exterminated almost one hundred thousand Africans in the colony who mounted a rebellion against the Germans. The colony itself was one and a half times larger than the actual territory of Imperial Germany.

From May 1885 to August 1890, the acting Imperial Governor of the colony or Reichskommissar was Heinrich Ernst Göring. His son, Hermann Göring, was a swine and a vicious killer who was a leader in the Nazi Party and the commander of the Luftwaffe in World War Two. Although a decorated combat pilot in World War One, Hermann Göring grew fearful of planes and never flew if he could possibly help it. He was a drug addict, an obese slob, and one of the most immoral men of the 20th Century.

After World War One, the League of Nations, forerunner to the United Nations, granted the British Empire a mandate to govern the colony. Today thousands of descendents of the original German settlers live in Namibia and over one-third of the population speaks German.

The other large colony the Germans had was German East Africa which included the modern day nations of Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda. I will discuss this colony in a later post.