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German seaplane Arado Ar 196. Produced from 1938 to 1944, used for the needs of the naval aviation of the German Navy and was in service with other countries.

Loading wounded in a German ambulance plane Junkers Ju 52

German heavy military transport aircraft Messerschmitt Me.323 “Gigant” at the airport in Rome

The German pilots of the plane Caudron C. 445 French production. After the German occupation of France 44 C. 445 aircraft and 10 aircraft C. 445M was requisitioned, the same was made during the war.

German reconnaissance plane Focke-Wulf Fw 189 “Uhu”

Service German aircraft Fieseler Fi 156 “Storch”.
Motorcycle — captured British BSA M20. Noteworthy is the starter, bolted to the neck of the oil tank.

When [the Fieseler Storch] finally [veered off] a dozen [Stuka] bombers appeared from the right. The 32nd came to a jolting stop at the edge of a village, and the shout went up, “disperse–take cover!” [Lance Bombardier H. E.] Gentry ran into a farmyard, deep in mud and slime; he dived into a hayrick as the planes began unloading. Bedlam, capped by one particularly awesome swoosh, and the ground shook like jelly. Then the silence of a cemetery.

Gentry crept out. There, stuck in the slime a few feet away, was a huge unexploded bomb.

A large pig slowly waddled across the barnyard and began licking it.

—  The Miracle of Dunkirk, by Walter Lord
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Kassel Timelapse

Kassel im Zeitraffer Motive: Herkules, Wilhelmshöher Allee, Bahnhof Wilhelmshöhe, Buga, Orangerie, Südstadt, Kasseler Fulda-Schleuse,
Blick vom Weinberg Richtung Baunatal und Habichtswald, Markuskirche, Innenstadt mit Friedrichsplatz & Opernplatz, Herkules Richtung Schloss Wilhelmshöhe mit Nebeldecke im Kasseler Becken, Schornstein Kraftwerk Neue Mühle, Nebelwirbel an den Kaskaden im Bergpark, Schattenbild Herkules, Wasserspiele tags und beleuchtet mit großer Fontäne und Aquädukt,
Hyperlapse-Fahrt bei Nacht Rotes Kreuz über Friedrich-Ebert-Straße Richtung Weinberg, Festumzug Wehlheider Kirmes, Fulda zwischen Kassel und Spiekershausen, Flug mit dem Fieseler Storch über Innenstadt, Karlsaue,
Buga & Industriepark, die “Lake Orange”-Gewitterfront 2014, drehendes Firmament, Sternenzeitraffer Tischbeinstraße Richtung Norden, Dönche, Kühe am Dörnberg Richtung Bärenberg, Hirschgraben, Bugasee Richtung City

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history meme - (1/8) women

Hanna Reitsch (1912–1979) was a German aviatrix and one of the most well-known Nazi test pilots. She was the only woman awarded the Luftwaffe Pilot/Observer Badge (1941) and the Iron Cross, First Class (1943) during World War II. Fascinated with flying from an early age, Reitsch reportedly attempted to jump off the balcony of her home at the age of 4 in eagerness to experience flight. At her death she had set over 40 aviation altitude and endurance records both before and after World War II and any of her records have yet to be beaten.

In 1937, Reitsch was made a Luftwaffe civilian test pilot, a post she would hold until the end of World War II, and tested several bombers for which she received the Iron Cross, Second Class, from Adolf Hitler in 1941. Reitsch was the first female helicopter pilot and her flying skill, desire for publicity and photogenic qualities made her a star of Nazi Party propaganda in which she appeared throughout the late 1930s. In 1942, she crash landed on her fifth Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet flight and was badly injured and Reitsch received the Iron Cross, First Class, a few days after the accident. On 28 February 1944, she presented her idea of Operation Suicide to Hitler who, however, “did not consider the war situation sufficiently serious” to warrent it. In October 1944, Reitsch was shown a booklet concerning the gas chambers. While she claimed she believed it to be enemy propaganda, she agreed to inform Heinrich Himmler about it. Himmler asked her if she believed it and she replied, “No, of course not. But you must do something to counter it. You can’t let them shoulder this onto Germany.” During the last days of the war, Hitler dismissed Hermann Göring as head of the Luftwaffe and instead appointed Reitsch’s lover, Generaloberst Robert Ritter von Greim, after they had flown into embattled Berlin to meet him in the Führerbunker. Red Army troops were already in Berlin when Reitsch and von Greim arrived on 26 April in a Fieseler Fi 156 Storch but with her long experience at low-altitude flying over Berlin and having already surveyed the road as an escape route, Reitsch landed on an improvised airstrip in the Tiergarten near the Brandenburg Gate. They left again on 28 April under heavy shooting from Soviet troops who feared that Hitler was escaping in the plane but the it took off successfully. Before leaving, Hitler gave Reitsch and Von Greim a cyanide phial each before dismissing them from the bunker.

Reitsch was captured soon after the fall of the Third Reich and was held and interrogated for eighteen months. Her companion, von Greim, committed suicide on 24 May. After her release, Reitsch settled in Frankfurt am Main. Following the war, German citizens were barred from flying powered aircraft, but within a few years gliding was allowed, which she took up and in 1952, she won a bronze medal in the World Gliding Championships in Spain as the first woman to compete. From 1962 to 1966, she lived in Ghana, where she founded the first black African national gliding school and worked for Kwame Nkrumah. In 1970, she gained the Diamond Badge. While in Ghana, Reitsch’s attitudes to race changed: “Earlier in my life, it would never have occurred to me to treat a black person as a friend or partner…” She now experienced guilt at her earlier “presumptuousness and arrogance”. In her final interview in the 1970s, she, however, remarked that “many Germans feel guilty about the war. But they don’t explain the real guilt we share — that we lost.” Reitsch died in Frankfurt at the age of 67, on 24 August 1979, reportedly after a heart attack. It is, however, known that she somehow had managed to retain her cyanide capsule and some believe that Reitsch, who had made a suicide pact with her lover von Greim, may have been fulfilling her end of the pact by taking the capsule. Unfortunately, no post mortem was ever made on her body to confirm this (+more).

Fieseler Fi 156 Storch

The Fieseler Fi 156 Storch was a small liaison aircraft built by Fieseler before and during World War II. Production continued in other countries into the 1950s for the private market. It remains famous to this day for its excellent STOL performance; French-built later variants often appear at air shows.