schlageter

Albert Leo Schlageter wurde heute vor 95 Jahren erschossen. Der aufgrund Tapferkeit im Feld mit EK1 und EK2 ausgezeichnete deutsche Kriegsheld leitete während der Ruhrbesetzung einen Freikorps-Stoßtrupp, der versuchte, die Ausplünderung des Reiches nach dem Zwangsdiktat von 1918 zu beenden. Nach Verrat aus den eigenen Reihen wurde Schlageters Stoßtrupp 07.04.1923 verhaftet und von einem französischen Kriegsgericht am 07.05.1923 zum Tod durch Erschießen verurteilt. Er weigerte sich strikt, um Gnade zu ersuchen. Die Gnadenersuche der Eltern für ihren Sohn blieben ungehört. Die Hinrichtung erfolgte am Morgen des 26.05. auf der Golzheimer Heide bei Düsseldorf. In Düsseldorf wurde er auch katholisch beerdigt. “Er durfte seinem Schicksal nicht ausweichen, um den schwersten und größten Tod harten Willens und klaren Herzens zu sterben.” (Martin Heidegger)

“Sei was du willst auf der Welt, aber das was du bist, habe den Mut ganz zu sein”.
- Albert Leo Schlageter

USCGC Eagle under sail, 2016. Built in 1936 as SS Horst Wessel (named after the Nazi martyr) for the Kriegsmarine she, along with sister ships Gorch Fock and Albert Leo Schlageter, were renamed and given as war reparations. Gorch Fock served as a Soviet sailing vessel under the name “Tovarisch” until 1999, while Albert Leo Schlageter serves in the Portuguese Navy to this day.

Joachim Müncheberg (31 December 1918 – 23 March 1943)

He was a German Luftwaffe fighter pilot during World War II and an ace credited with 135 air victories.

The majority of his victories were claimed over the Western Front, with 33 claims over the Eastern Front. Of his 102 aerial victories achieved over the Western Allies, 46 were against Supermarine Spitfire fighters.

Born in Friedrichsdorf, Müncheberg volunteered for military service in the Wehrmacht of Nazi Germany in 1936. Initially serving in the Army, he transferred to the Luftwaffe (air force) in 1938. Following flight training, he was posted to Jagdgeschwader 234 (JG 234—234th Fighter Wing) in October 1938. He was transferred to Jagdgeschwader 26 “Schlageter” (JG 26—26th Fighter Wing) a year later and was appointed adjutant of the III. Gruppe (3rd Group).
He fought in the Battle of France and received the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross following his 20th aerial victory and during the Battle of Britain. Serving as a Staffelkapitän (Squadron Leader) he fought in the aerial battles during the siege of Malta and Balkans Campaign. He received the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Italian Gold Medal of Military Valor (Italian: Medaglia d'oro al Valore Militare) after 43 aerial victories.