Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Hermann Göring Wearing White Summer Uniform

In this photograph (by Eitel Lange) of Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring (Oberbefehlshaber der Luftwaffe) taken in the terrace of his country residence of Carinhall (north-east of Berlin) in 6 July 1941, he wears just his 1939 spange zum 1914 Eisernes Kreuz I klasse (Combined 1st Class 1914 Iron Cross and 1939 Bar) and his Großkreuz (Grand Cross). In this picture he also wear a Weißer Dienstrock, white summer uniform, while in the background we can see Großdöllner See lake. In his trial after the war, Göring once said: "We don't have much to say about our fate. The forces of history and politics and economics are just to big to steer." (3 September 1946). Göring committed suicide on the day before his scheduled hanging by taking a cyanide pill that was smuggled into his cell. He wrote in his suicide note: "I would have no objection to getting shot," but he thought hanging was inappropriate for a man of his position.


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