Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Studio Portrait of Hermann Göring

Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring (Oberbefehlshaber der Luftwaffe) was one of the more interesting and flamboyant characters of the Third Reich, traits reflected in his personal direction of the design of both his rank insignia and unique uniforms.  His appointment in 1940 as Reichsmarschall of the Greater German Reich made Göring the highest ranking military officer of World War Two, with the rank equivalent of a six-star General. Göring chose a soft, pearl gray as the color for his uniform, departing from the blue-gray uniform scheme of the Luftwaffe.  He had endless variations of his uniforms, with numerous different styles and minor alterations and was known to change them multiple times within the same day. Göring also had a preference for wearing white uniforms, a habit ridiculed by the German people while watching newsreels in the theater as they wondered how he kept his uniforms so white when many of them could not even obtain soap to launder their own clothes! To the left is what many consider the ‘typical’ Reichsmarschall uniform of the Imperial style Flyers Blouse in a soft pearl gray with a closed collar.  At Göring’s neck hang the Grand Cross of the Iron Cross (he was the only recipient), the Knights Cross and the Pour le Mérite (commonly known as the Blue Max), an award Göring earned while flying with the Richthofen squadron during World War I.

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