By John Weal
This quantity tells the tale of the sunlight air battles over Germany in the course of the eyes of the Bf 109 aces concerned. It strains the improvement of the aerial defence of the Reich from its small beginnings to arguably the main savage and most costly crusade within the historical past of aerial battle. The Luftwaffe pilots clarify their strategies and relate their stories - within the early days, expecting short-ranged Allied combatants to show again prior to attacking the bombers, the see-saw conflict for aerial supremacy that undefined, the appearance of the P-51 and its devastating influence, the turning out to be could of the heavy bomber streams and the ultimate determined measures opposed to overwhelming odds. the tale is predominantly that of the Bf 109's fight to defeat the united states 8th Air strength, even if latterly either the 'mediums' of the U.S. 9th Air strength and the 'heavies' of RAF Bomber Command have been additionally lively via day over Germany.
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As the last highest agent of the federal state of Austria I report to the Fiihrer and Reich Chancellor the completion of the lawful decree according to the will of the German people and of its Fiihrer. Austria is a province of the German Reich. . The Ostmark has returned home.... My Fiihrer! Wherever the road leads we will follow! 40 Hitler savored the moment as he strode to the microphone amid the deafening cheers of the crowed. Staring him in the face was a swastika flag draped around the rump of Prince Eugene's horse—one of two equestrian statues on the Heldenplatz.
There are tears in his eyes. —Schuschnigg was in Miklas's office to tender his own and his cabinet's resignation. He had gone through his options time after time and rejected them all. It was clear in midafternoon that Austria could expect no help from the Western powers. France, which might have acted, did not have a government, its cabinet having fallen on March 10. In London, Chamberlain was having tea with von Ribbentrop and thought Austrian entreaties for help an intrusion. Lord Halifax, the foreign secretary, did promise a diplomatic demarche in Berlin, a step hardly likely to change Hitler's mind.
In Linz, Hitler drove to Leonding to visit the graves of his parents. Again the streets were lined with cheering crowds. He entered the cemetery alone except for his photographer, who was to record the scene. Back at the Hotel Weinzinger, Josef Biirckel, destined to be Hitler's point man in Vienna, hired young Helmut Siindermann, who worked for press chief Otto Dietrich, as his spokesman. He showed Siindermann a document with Hitler's signature appointing Biirckel as provisional leader of the NSDAP in Austria, and charging him with reorganizing the party and preparing the April 10 plebiscite.