Note 043
by Joachim C. Fest

See Diels, 'Lucifer ante portas': 'Goring acted in accordance with a primal vision of life in which he trained himself to throw the spear and shoot with the bow. Down to the minutest technical detail of the air war such ideas of a lost heroic age still lingered on. He obviously would have loved to sail through the air on a wild condor, his overcoat flowing, hurling a spear at the enemy monster ... "My flyers are no projectionists and my fighter craft no cinemas": with these words he once refused to consolidate the supremacy of the long-range bombers by equipping them with navigational instruments, which would have given his Luftwaffe a lead. That ramming was the most dignified form of doing battle he made clear to his nephew K. H. Goring, who contradicted him with bluster and himself crashed a few weeks later over France after an attempt at ramming. Probably his uncle's rebuke "You are all cowards" was still ringing in his ears. The sensible young man had rejoined, "If you are suggesting, uncle, that a war pilot is not supposed to 'think', then we can indeed ram without regard for casualties. We don't lack courage for that."
'Think, think.' If we had taken the trouble to think, we would not have started the war,"
were his uncle's concluding words. See also the view of General Stumpf that Goring prized personal heroism more highly than technical know-how (Bewley, Hermann Goring).

From Chapter 6, Hermann Göring , Part 2 of The Face Of The Third Reich by J.C. Fest -- See further Notes

« LAST » Note « NEXT »