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    Rare picture of the original Rudel medal. Rudel receives the highest German bravery honor as the first and only soldier of the German armed forces. The Kinghts Cross with Leaps, Swords and Diamonds.
    Born: 02/Jul/1916 Konradswaldau
    Dead: 18/Dec/1982 Rosenheim

    Missions: 2530
    Air Victories: 9

    Squadron:

    1.6.1939: Fernaufklärungsgruppe 121

    2.3.1940: Fliegerausbildungsregiment 43

    April 1941 : I./St.G.2

    15.8.1942 : III./St.G.2

    Mission Areas:
    Caen/France
    Poland
    Greece
    Russia







    I./St. G. 2 before takeoff. In front Rudel`s plane.


    The legendary Kanonenvogel flown by Hans Ulrich Rudel.


    Rudel`s Ju 87 in wintercamouflage


    Since autumn 1944 Rudel also flys the Fw 190.




    Strike balance after 2500 raids:

    519 russian tanks

    1 battleship

    1 detroyer

    70 landing boats

    800+ motorized vehicles

    150+ Artillery -, Pak and anti-aircraft positions

    9 air victories (7 hunters, 2 battle airplanes Il 2)

    ...and many shelters, bridges and supply lines.

    Quotes about Rudel:

    "Rudel alone replaces a whole division."

    -Generalfeldmarschall Schörner
    "How it harms, that he did not carry our uniform!"

    -Pierre Clostermann

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    Rare picture of the original Rudel medal. Rudel receives the highest German bravery honor as the first and only soldier of the German armed forces. The Kinghts Cross with Leaps, Swords and Diamonds.
    The Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds was awarded to several soldiers(though rare in itself). The impressive thing about Rudel was that his achievements warranted the creation of a higher level of the medal, just for him. The Golden Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds.

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    Rare picture of the original Rudel medal. Rudel receives the highest German bravery honor as the first and only soldier of the German armed forces. The Kinghts Cross with Leaps, Swords and Diamonds.
    Pimp my medal...

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    handsome pilot...

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    Rudel was also shot down 32 times. This guy had more rabbit's foot and cat's lives than anyone on this planet!

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    Shot down 32 times.
    Innumerable aircraft brought back to base that were later written off, due to heavy combat damage.
    Wounded on many occasions, including the partial amputation of his right leg in the Spring of 45, after which he continued to fly with a prosthetic limb.
    March 44: Disaster struck when Rudel landed behind Soviet lines to retrieve a downed German aircrew. Snow and mud bogged down the airplane, making it impossible to take off. Approaching Soviet troops forced everyone to flee on foot, but barring their escape was the 900 foot wide river Dnjestr. The Germans *****ped to their longjohns, and swam across the ice-clogged river. Rudel's close friend and crewman, Erwin Henstchel, drowned a few feet from the far shore. They had flown 1490 missions together at the time of Hentschel's death. His body was never recovered.

    Rudel was pursued by hundreds of Soviet troops who were intent on collecting the 100,000 ruble bounty which Stalin had placed on his head, and he was shot in the shoulder while they chased him with dogs and on horseback. Through incredible ingenuity, audacity, and raw determination, Rudel escaped and made his way, alone and unarmed, back home, despite being more than 30 miles behind Soviet lines when he began his 24 hour trek. He was barefoot and almost ***** in the sub-freezing winter weather, without food, compass, or medical attention. His escape stands as the single most legendary example of personal bravery and luck during the Second World War, but he never fully recovered emotionally from Hentschel's death, for which he blamed himself throughout the remainder of his life.

    Not content to surrender he moved to Argentina at
    the end of the war, and continued working for the
    cause of German and European freedom, he participated
    in Nationalist rallies in Germany and refused
    till his death to renounce National Socialism. He died
    in December of 1982 of a brain hemorrhage.


    too bad he was a Nazi

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    Great pilot, but unrepentant Nazi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HUAH
    Great pilot, but unrepentant Nazi.
    beat me to it, how about Micheal Wittman the most accomplished tank ace of the war. he was less so a Nazi fanatical Believer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamon
    Rare picture of the original Rudel medal. Rudel receives the highest German bravery honor as the first and only soldier of the German armed forces. The Kinghts Cross with Leaps, Swords and Diamonds.
    The Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds was awarded to several soldiers(though rare in itself). The impressive thing about Rudel was that his achievements warranted the creation of a higher level of the medal, just for him. The Golden Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds.
    very true he however is the only man who got the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Golden Oakleaves, Swords and Diamonds not just normal oakleaves...sorry don't mean to be picky and all

    The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oakleaves, Swords and Diamonds was awarded to 27 others.

    and I have no Idea what a Leap is but there is no german (ww2) medal that has that in it's description, unless something was garbled in translation. Feldgrau.net has a complete list of ALL Medals, awards and pins ect... from the germans.


    http://feldgrau.com/awards.html

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    Remember that most believed that it was the right thing. If anything, he was still a german first and formost, and the majority of nazis weren't the ruthless killers like the inner circle and the waffen-ss were. I think he believe in national socialism because it had brought his country to the verge of dominating Europe for a very very long time. Also, look beyond his politics and celebrate his record. I read the book about him (Stuka Pilot)....I doubt that God himself could kill that man

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    Nazi or not he has my respect as a competent and skilled soldier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiroshima
    ruthless killers like the inner circle and the waffen-ss were.
    And even only a small Part of Waffen SS soldiers were ruthless killers.
    For example what I´ve read through my family history the majority saw the Waffen SS (the nordic and german Units) as a Elite Unit with a genuine Fighting Spirit and the volunteers from France and Europe in general (i dont know how to judge those ones from the Balkans and Baltics) joined because they hated bolchevism.
    And yes there were massacres by the Waffen SS like Oradour sur Glane
    and others but the majoriy Soldiers were honorouble soldiers.

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    This guy has an amazing history, too bad he was a nazi but he stuck to his believes which is brave (or stupid, depends on your point of view).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Navor
    Quote Originally Posted by Hiroshima
    ruthless killers like the inner circle and the waffen-ss were.
    And even only a small Part of Waffen SS soldiers were ruthless killers.
    For example what I´ve read through my family history the majority saw the Waffen SS (the nordic and german Units) as a Elite Unit with a genuine Fighting Spirit and the volunteers from France and Europe in general (i dont know how to judge those ones from the Balkans and Baltics) joined because they hated bolchevism.
    And yes there were massacres by the Waffen SS like Oradour sur Glane
    and others but the majoriy Soldiers were honorouble soldiers.
    Good post!!!
    The waffen SS was an different part of the whole SS organization, from the ones who guarded the deathtcamps etc etc
    At the moment I'm reading a book of a 16jr old dutch boy who jointed the 5th WaffenSS division Wiking, where a lot of foreign volunteers fought. And no Nazi ideology that drived them at all

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    Stukas were hell of a ****y plane after 1940. Awesome how he managed to live that long.

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