Hermann Goering in the First World War

The Personal Photograph Albums of Hermann Goering. Volume 1

Blaine Taylor

When modern readers
think of Hermann Goring, what probably
comes to mind is the overweight drug
addict and convicted war criminal
who cheated the hangman's noose at
Nuremberg by committing suicide just
hours before he was due to be hanged.
During a hospitalization, his friend
Bruno Lorzer convinced him to
become an aerial observer-photographer, pho
Date Published :
November 2014
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Language:
English
Illustration :
100 black and white
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781625450463
Pages : 320
Dimensions : 10 X 7 inches
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$40.00

Overview
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When modern readers think of Hermann Goring, what probably comes to mind is the overweight drug addict and convicted war criminal who cheated the hangman's noose at Nuremberg by committing suicide just hours before he was due to be hanged. Next up might be the image of his powerful German air force in the Second World War---the Luftwaffe---bombing defenseless European cities and towns in the early part of the war, until it was defeated by the British Royal Air Force in the epic Battle of Britain in 1940. Next might come Goring the debauched art collector who pirated captured collections all over Nazi Europe during the Occupation years. All of these images are correct, but here we see another Hermann Goring: the slim, dashing fighter pilot and combat ace of an earlier struggle, the Great War, or World War I of 1914-18, which he began as an infantry officer fighting the French Army in the 1914 Battle of the Frontiers. During a hospitalization, his friend Bruno Lorzer convinced him to become an aerial observer-photographer, photographing the mighty French fortress of Verdun. He did, and began these never-before-seen personal photo albums of men and aircraft at war: up close.

About The Author
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Blaine Taylor is the American author of 12 histories on war, politics, automotives, biography, engineering, architecture, medicine, photography, and aviation. The well-read historian is a former Vietnam War soldier and Military Policeman under enemy fire, political and crime newspaper reporter, award-winning medical journalist, international magazine writer, winner of four political campaigns as a press secretary, and a US Congressional aide on Capitol Hill, Washington, 1991-92.

REVIEWS
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"These superb photographs from Goering’s own personal albums visually chronicle the evolution and operations of German military aviation in the Great War. More importantly and interestingly, they provide a glimpse into the little-known life and World War I service of this air ace and Blue Max awardee, later destined to become Deputy Fuehrer of Germany during the second worldwide conflict."

- International Bibliography of Military History

"...does a good job showing a relatively unknown side of Goering without trying to glorify the man. The photographs are accompanied by text that explains Goering's journey through the war. The book is thought provoking; it makes the reader consider that men like Goering did not spring from the womb a full fledged degenerate Nazi. Rather one must consider his origin and journey as a relatively normal person before later events influenced his decisions."

- Military Heritage

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