Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Decorated Apes

If you ever see this on a military uniform you can be sure he (or she) is a fraudster. Or it's carnaval ;)

Every war has its winners and losers. Or is this the wrong image on war? For the soldiers there are different rewards for their bravery or leadership. After winning World War II, for freeing the "Free World", Winston Churchill (1874-1965) was offered twice a Duke title. With the firm understanding that he would not accept. Bernard Montgomery (1887-1976) was offered, for his military leadership, a lower rank in the Peerage: Viscount title. 

The Germans lost World War II but if they had won that war, the most outstanding of Generals would have been awarded with 'The Star of the Grand Cross of the Iron Cross'. The decoration was never bestowed ;

Ranks for bravery or leadership in Germany during World War II and their numbers:

Göring got his 'Grand Cross of the Iron Cross' for building up the German Airforce.

Ever heard of Hans-Ulrich Rudel (1916-1982)? He was a pilot who destroyed a total of 2,000 targets. Including 519 tanks and 1 battleship. He shot down nine aircraft. Rudel was the most highly decorated German serviceman of WWII. This is the baton belonging to his 'Knight's Cross with Golden Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds':

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