Hermann Goering Fact Sheet: Who was Hermann Goering? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Hermann Goering.
Hermann Goering Fact File: Lifespan: 1893 - 1946 *** Full Name: Hermann Wilhelm Goering *** Nickname: Blue Max *** Occupation: German Politician, Military Leader and Leading Member of the Nazi Party (NSDAP) *** Date of Birth: He was born on January 12th, 1893 *** Place of Birth: He was born in Marienbad Sanatorium in Rosenheim, Bavaria *** Family background: His father was Heinrich Ernst Goering who had been a cavalry officer and he was also the first Governor-General of the German Protectorate of South-West Africa *** Early life and childhood: He grew up with nine siblings from his father’s two marriages *** Education: He was education at boarding school
Hermann Goering Fact 1: He was born during the latter part of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, a time when great strides were made in many sections of society, science, technology and innovations.
Hermann Goering Fact 2: During World War I he acquitted himself as an ace fighter pilot so much so he was awarded the Pour le Mérite.
Hermann Goering Fact 3: He would become the last commander of the Jadgdeschwader 1, the fighter wing famously led by the Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen.
Hermann Goering Fact 4: He joined the Nazi party in 1923.
Hermann Goering Fact 5: By 1933 he had not only assisted Hitler in attaining power but was rewarded by being made Hitler’s second in command.
Hermann Goering Fact 6: In 1935 Hitler appointed him commander-in-chief of the air force, the Luftwaffe, a post he held until the dying days of the World War II.
Hermann Goering Fact 7: The impact of America joining the allied forces the pressure put on him to succeed was overwhelming.
Hermann Goering Fact 8: In 1942, the Luftwaffe did not succeed when it came to fulfilling its commitment in the Soviet Union and the march of the German war front stumbled across all sections.
Hermann Goering Fact 9: His standing with his Führer began to wane as he became ever more of a disappointment.
Hermann Goering Fact 10: By 1943 he was being excluded more and more from Hitler’s inner circle of commanders.
Hermann Goering Fact 11: He did however hold his position as head of the Luftwaffe.
Hermann Goering Fact 12: Hitler also put him in charge of the Four Year Plan.
Hermann Goering Fact 13: As he was sidelined more and more by his Führer he started to spend more of his time at his various homes.
Hermann Goering Fact 14: By June 6th 1944, D Day, only 300 fighters remained in the Luftwaffe with a small contingent of bombers against the Allies strength of 11,000 aircraft.
Hermann Goering Fact 15: He was included however, in the Führer’s last birthday celebrations in the Fuhrerbunker in Berlin on April 20th 1945.
Hermann Goering Fact 16: Hitler took this opportunity to make his farewells with many of his Nazis officers. Two days later having finally admitted the war was lost he advised his staff that Goering would be in a better position to negotiate for peace.
Hermann Goering Fact 17: Goering’s nemesis Martin Bormann intercepted a message to Hitler trying as tactfully as possible to establish leadership in Hitler’s absence, Bormann managed to convince the Führer that it was act of treason and Hitler order Goering be expelled from the party and no longer his successor, he appointed Karl Donitz in his stead.
Hermann Goering Fact 18: Upon receiving the news that Hitler was dead he decided to surrender himself to the Americans rather than the Russians and before Bormann could execute him.
Hermann Goering Fact 19: Having been officially charge with various crimes and tried at the Nuremberg trials, he was ultimately found guilty of war crimes against humanity and sentenced to hang. He tried to request a firing squad to die as a soldier rather than a common criminal but was refused.
Hermann Goering Fact 20: On October 15th 1946 he was found dead by potassium cyanide in his cell the night before his hanging. It was never established how he managed to obtain the pill. His body was cremated and his ashes scattered.
Influence & Legacy: His part in what happened during Hitler’s rise and subsequent war cannot be diminished or separated in any way from that of Hitler or Nazism. As a lover of the arts he was also supremely responsible for the seizure of priceless artefacts and works of art by the Nazi party and their confiscation from their rightful owners.
Important Events of the 19th century and during the life of Hermann Goering include: Grove Cleveland was inaugurated as Present of United States for a second term, Queen Victoria died and Edward VII was crowned King, the Bubonic Plague raged through India.
List of Medals awarded to Hermann Goering:
*** Iron Cross, 1st and 2nd class *** Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross *** Grand Cross of the Iron Cross *** Golden Party Badge *** Pour le Mérite *** Knight of the House Order of Hohenzollern *** Knight of the Military Karl-Friedrich Merit Order *** Blood Order *** Danzig Cross, 1st and 2nd class ***