Gruppenführer Hermann Göring "the Beast of Berlin"
herman Göring was always his own worst enemy. with a pompous demeanour and aggressive personality he was hard to like but transferring from reconnaissance to fighter aircraft he found his true home in the air and soon racked up an impressive kill rate in the skies above FRance and belgium.
racked with pain from arthritic joints he took cocktails of pain-relieving drugs which he became more and more addicted to - perhaps partly explaining, but not excusing, his aloof and superior manner and behaviour..
After achieving the command of the baron's elite Jasta and the grudging respect of his men, at the war's end herman has the indignity of being ordered to hand over his 'flying circus' of fokker dvii's to the conquering allies - the only aircraft specifically named as a threat to peace in the terms of the belittling Armistice.. this, of course, he refuses and under fire from startled American troops at the captured aerodrome opens the throttle of the white DVII's BMW engine and within seconds is heading for his homeland with several of his old colleagues close behind.
finding unexpected chaos among the various ill-led militias of returned soldiers, sailors and airmen at home he soon imposes a strict discipline on those around him and forms an arm of the Freikorps to organise a resistance against the oncoming bolshevik hordes. channelling his pain and the anger and hurt in the broken and defeated all around him he has once again found his place...
the "beast of berlin" pursues his destiny...
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Painting by Roger Middlebrook
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