By Robert J. Mrazek
The breathtaking, never-before-told, actual tale of a ancient air- strength bombing venture in 1943 Germany.
On September 6, 1943, 300 and thirty-eight B-17 "Flying Fortresses" of the yankee 8th Air strength took off from England, certain for Stuttgart, Germany, to bomb Nazi guns factories.
Dense clouds obscured the ambitions, and one commander's serious selection to circle thrice over the city-and its lethal flak-would end up disastrous. Forty-five planes went down that day, and thousands of fellows have been misplaced or lacking.
targeting first-person bills of six of the B-17 airmen, award- profitable writer Robert Mrazek vividly re-creates the fierce air conflict- and divulges the unbelievable valor of the airmen who survived being shot down, and the tragic destiny of these who didn't.
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The breathtaking, never-before-told, actual tale of a historical air- strength bombing project in 1943 Germany.
On September 6, 1943, 300 and thirty-eight B-17 "Flying Fortresses" of the yankee 8th Air strength took off from England, sure for Stuttgart, Germany, to bomb Nazi guns factories.
Dense clouds obscured the goals, and one commander's severe choice to circle thrice over the city-and its lethal flak-would end up disastrous. Forty-five planes went down that day, and 1000s of fellows have been misplaced or lacking.
targeting first-person bills of six of the B-17 airmen, award- profitable writer Robert Mrazek vividly re-creates the fierce air conflict- and divulges the excellent valor of the airmen who survived being shot down, and the tragic destiny of these who didn't.
Autobiography of WW2 Nazi pilot Hans Rudel
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Shot down over 24 instances, Hans Rudel is credited with destroying over 500 tanks, 2,000 flooring objectives, the Russian battleship Marat, cruisers and a destroyer, and used to be such a success opposed to Russian forces that Joseph Stalin submit a 100,000 rouble ransom on his head. His flying checklist of over 2,500 missions continues to be unequalled via any pilot due to the fact that.
Until his loss of life in 1982 Hans Rudel remained a faithful supporter of Adolf Hitler, and he refused to denounce Hitler, or the Nazis, and believed that the conflict opposed to Germany was once created via robust Jews and overseas finance. Hans Rudel continues to be a posh personality, and arguably one in all WW2's so much heroic figures.
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50 Hitler drew on Middle Eastern imagery surprisingly often, and the Middle East is the most neglected influence on the thinking of this most-studied person in modern history. He was eager to devote his life to some higher mission. But what should that be? With his unimpressive physique, unsteady eyes, pale face, and tendency toward ranting monologues, he seemed a most unlikely person ever to play a great role in public events. ”54 Why was he impoverished, his genius unrecognized, while all those others went around like lords, dividing wealth and honors among them?
Their mission was to inform the German elite and prepare the general public for an unprecedented—in Becker’s phrase— and frightening undertaking: a European Christian–manufactured jihad against other European Christians. 14 While examining potential problems, the German experts were upbeat, claiming alliance with the Ottomans plus jihad would be unstoppable. 17 Of course, the authors admitted, there were risks, especially that of unleashing an Islamic genie that would escape Berlin’s control, launching an all-out offensive against all Christians.
The most impressive example von Oppenheim could muster to make his case was the Sudan, where a charismatic leader, Muhammad Ahmad bin Abd Allah, the mahdi, had led a victorious jihad uprising against the British. Starting with nothing, he built a large army, defeating and wiping out regular British forces on several occasions. He captured Khartoum, established an Islamist state, and ruled it for thirteen years. Only after his death had the British, in the 1898 battle of Umm Durman, finally succeeded in defeating and destroying that state.
To Kingdom Come: An Epic Saga of Survival in the Air War Over Germany by Robert J. Mrazek