Hitler's Personal Pilot: The Life and Times of Hans Baur

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Brassey's, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 334 pages
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Adolf Ilitler trusted few men, but his faith in pilot Hans Baur never wavered. Baur, a decorated World War I flyer and one of Germany's leading commercial aviators of the 1920s, joined the fledgling Nazi Party in 1926. His skill and daring, and his early party membership, catapulted him to the top of the list when Adolf Hitler went in search of a pilot for his political campaign of 1932. Later, Hitler became the first head of state to use air travel extensively, and from 1932 to 1945, Hitler refused to fly with anyone but Baur at the controls. Baur ate meals with Hitler frequently and was one of the Fuehrer's few true confidants. As the tide of war turned against Germany and relations between Hitler and the Luftwaffe leadership deteriorated, Hitler increasingly relied on Baur for advice about air war policy and technical developments. In the end, Baur paid for his blind loyalty to Hitler. Trapped by the Soviet Red Army in the war-torn city of Berlin, Baur was captured after Hitler's suicide and imprisoned in the USSR. Aviation historian C. G. Sweeting provides the reader with fresh insight into the inner workings of the Third Reich and the madness of Adolf Hitler. The book details

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C. G. Sweeting, a military and aviation historian and a former curator at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, is the author of numerous books, including "Hitler's Squadron: The Fuhrer's Personal Aircraft and Transport Unit, 1933-45 " (Brassey's, Inc., 2001). He lives in Clinton, Maryland.

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