Can I just say that carrying case for the records is ace.
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Horten Ho 229 at the Smithsonian Institution’s Garber Restoration Facility. Thank whatever Gods you worship that they didn’t fully develop this plane.
This baby is a thing of beauty. Seeing it in a dog fight would have been thrilling, engaging it? Not so much.
Aviation unit commander Korolyov (left) congratulates SAF Captain Savkin with excellent battle task completion during the Siege of Leningrad, 1942
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Many things later bolstered Nazism and modified its character, but its root lie here: in the experience of war—not by German soldiers at the font, but by German schoolboys at home. Indeed, the front-line generation has produced relatively few genuine Nazis and is better known for its ‘critics and carpers.’ That is easy to understand. Men who have experienced the reality of war tend to view it differently. Granted, there are exceptions: the eternal warriors, who found their vocations in war, with all its terrors, and continue to do so; and the eternal failures who welcome its horrors and its destruction as revenge on a life that has proved too much for them.
Göring perhaps belongs to the former type; Hitler certainly to the latter. The truly Nazi generation was formed by those born in the decade from 1900 to 1910, who experienced war as a great game and were untouched by its realities.
— Defying Hitler: A Memoir, Sebastian Haffner
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