The Tragedy Of Rudolph Hess Essay

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Rudolph Hess was born in Alexandria Austria, Egypt 4-26-1894 and moved to Austria when he turned 14 years old. Hess in the 7th bavarian Field Artillery Regiment as an infantryman at the outbreak of WWI where he was wounded twice. He had earned the Iron Cross 2nd class and promoted to Corporal in 1915 and after more training he had been promoted to Vizefeldwebel to receive the Bavarian Military Merit Cross. Hess served in the Battle of Verdun in May, and was hit by shrapnel in the left hand and arm on 12 June 1916. He had taken a whole month to recover and was sent back to Verdun and afterwards requested that he be allowed to enroll to train as a pilot, so after some Christmas leave with his family he reported to Munich. He received basic flight training at Oberschleissheim and Lechfeld Air Base and advanced training at Valenciennes in France, he was assigned to Jagdstaffel 35b, a Bavarian fighter squadron equipped with Fokker D.VII biplanes. He saw no action with Jagdstaffel 35b, because the war ended on 11 November 1918, before he had the opportunity. After the war Rudolph went to college at the University of Munich to study geopolitics under Karl Haushofer who became one of many pillars of the Nazi party. . During schooling he met Adolf Hitler at a meeting of society devoted to the study of Nordic myths and legends. Rudolphs powers were undermined as Hitler was being surrounded by Nazis trying to gain personal power as Hess’ main purpose was to serve the Fuhrer which
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