UDET – WW1 Ace.. Personal Items

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Personal Items given to the former Girlfriend of UDET by him in 1918 and handed down within the family by word of mouth.

Unfortunately, with the passage of time, several Wars and many ‘troubles’ – we have a ‘story’ unverified.

Signed Postcard by him, with some detail to the back.

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His personal ring, which is in silver, with Onyx or Glass reserve, containing a miniature Pour Le Merite in Blue enamel. (Bear in mind this is 1918, at trhe end of the War, so not the finest in quality nor at that stage, despite being one of the Air Ace survivors.. I doubt he had much in the way of funds.

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His personal cigarette case, still carrying several cigarettes within in. It has his initials in a Juggenstill style case, unmarked, either plate or silver.

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An Iron Cross penknife, and his belt and buckle, which would have been typical for a pilot at the time.

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It is understood, she ceased to be associated with him after WW!, but retained these items.

Colonel General Ernst Udet (26 April 1896 – 17 November 1941) was the second-highest scoring German flying ace of World War I. He was one of the youngest aces and was the highest scoring German ace to survive the war (at the age of 22).[1] His 62 confirmed victories were second only to Manfred von Richthofen, his commander in the Flying Circus. Udet rose to become a squadron commander under Richthofen, and later under Hermann Göring.

Following Germany’s defeat, Udet spent the 1920s and early 1930s as a stunt pilot, international barnstormer, light aircraft manufacturer, and playboy. In 1933, he joined the now ruling Nazi Party and became involved in the early development of the Luftwaffe. He used his networking skills to get himself appointed director of research and development for the burgeoning air force. He was especially influential in the adoption of dive bombing techniques as well as the Stuka dive bomber. By 1939, Udet had risen to the post of Director-General of Equipment for the Luftwaffe. However, the stress of the position and his distaste for administrative duties led to an increasing dependence on alcohol.

When World War II began, the Luftwaffe’s needs for equipment outstripped Germany’s production capacity. Udet’s former comrade Hermann Göring first lied to Adolf Hitler about these material shortcomings when the Luftwaffe lost the Battle of Britain, then deflected the Führer‘s wrath onto Udet.

Operation Barbarossa, when Germany attacked the Soviet Union to open a second front in the war, appears to have been the final straw for Udet. On 17 November 1941, he committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.


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