Hans-Ulrich Rudel, Germany’s most highly decorated combat pilot, only Hans- Ulrich Rudel pulls his Junkers JuB Stuka out of a dive after. Hans Ulrich Rudel was a Stuka dive-bomber pilot during World War 2. The most highly decorated German serviceman of the war, Rudel was one of only The year-old Silesian pastor’s son, Ulrich Rudel began his pilot training for the German Luftwaffe in Rudel volunteered for the new.

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Rudel flew most of his missions in the ugly, but pilof, Stuka dive-bomber, but later after the Soviet airforce had developed more sophisticated fighters, his unit switched to a ground-attack version of the Focke-Wulf FW Rudel meets with Himmler, Geobels and has a few truly, bazaar meetings with Riechmarschal Herman Goering.

Views Read Edit View history. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the subject matter. Certainly worth a read. Open Preview See a Problem? Rudel got off to a bad start, shot down ruel flak on his first combat test, but he made short work of Russian landing craft on the Kuban front.

Badass of the Week: Hans-Ulrich Rudel

Rudel’s leg was amputated below the knee. There he was welcomed by team manager Sepp Sstuka. Biographical Dictionary of the Extreme Right Since Shot down countless times by flak and never by another aircraft, he survived incredible odds to end the war the most decorated serviceman in Germany.

On 8 FebruaryRudel was badly wounded in the right foot, and crash landed inside German lines. Rudel flew 17 sorties, stopping the last tank himself just a few yards short of his own runway. Though Rudel would have preferred to lead his wing on a glorious suicide mission against a Soviet headquarters, instead he sent his men to flee overland, west toward the American lines, on May 8.


Sunk in shallow water, Marat was refloated in a few months and used as a stationary gun battery. Absolutely amazing account of the air war, mostly on the Eastern Front, from the Nazi perspective.

Not many people can make this claim, considering that the Fatherland lost a good 5 to 6 million people in the war, so it needs to be mentioned when discussing Rudel’s survivability. Both men were wounded, and both were immediately back in the air.

Hans-Ulrich Rudel

None of the others stranded with him made it back. Retrieved 27 November He went through basic training uulrich the newly created German Luftwaffe in the late s and as the date of passing out approached, all the trainees in his year began to wonder to which arm of the air force they would be posted.

Sueddeutsche Zeitung in German. Four mourners were photographed giving Nazi salutes at the funeral, and were investigated under a law banning the display of Nazi symbols.

By the time he rejoined StG. He also became involved in politics and business.

Stuka Pilot by Hans-Ulrich Rudel

If you are even slightly interested in WWII history this is a must read book! Eagle of the Eastern Front. The Marat would never go to sea again. On the morning of September 23,a reconnaissance plane spotted the dreadnought undergoing repairs in Kronstadt Harbor, the largest naval base in the Soviet Union, with more than 1, shipboard and land-based guns. The things that happened to Rudel, as well as his feats, defy belief.

The Luftwaffe had to invent new variations of its highest decorations to commerate his acheivements, the last award being presented by Der Fuhrer himself in his bunker the day before Hitler and Eva Braun committed suicide, making Rudel perhaps the last ordinary soldier to see Der Fuhrer. German Nationalism Since What I found it interesting was that these guys did not suffer from PST or anything even though some, like Hartmann, spent years in a Soviet work camp after the war.


Der Spiegel in German. Schriftenreihe zur Gegenwart, Nr.

I read this “flying-by-the-seat-of-your-pants” combat memoir as a teenager and was thrilled by it. Want to Read saving…. Schulze-Marmeling, Dietrich 2 June Apparently not only the Russians, but even Goering stuks down upon the ungainly Stuka with contempt. Now, the Ju wasn’t exactly a glamorous aircraft. He also shot down nine aircraft. The addition of these cannons made the cumbersome Stuka even slower. Mass Market Paperbackpages. An excellent account of the war from one of the best pilots in history.

Steen closed his rhdel, trying to get down through the flak before it blew him out of the sky. In a little over a month he flewreceiving the Iron Cross First Class and new respect from his flying mates. He went on to serve in the campaign against Crete in May with a dive bomber unit, albeit in a non-combat role. April Learn how and when to remove this template message. Jun 01, Marijan rated it it was ok.