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Alfred Krupp

Alfred Krupp

Alfred Krupp, the subject of Membership Episode #4 would be hailed as the “Cannon King” in his lifetime. Alfred Krupp (born Alfried Felix Alwyn Krupp), son of Friedrich Carl, was born in Essen in 1812. His father’s death forced him to leave school at the age of fourteen and take on responsibility for the steel works. Prospects were daunting: his father had spent a considerable fortune in the attempt to cast steel in large...

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William Mitchell

William Mitchell

The subject of Membership Episode #3. William (Billy) Mitchell (1879-1936), considered by many the father of the U.S. air force, led the American air effort during World War One. He fought the good fight, but in the end, lost. The disaster at Pearl Harbor proved him right.

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General Sebastiano Visconti Prasca

General Sebastiano Visconti Prasca

Sebastiano Visconti Prasca (1883–1961) was an Italian general. He led the initial offensive of the Greco-Italian War, but was relieved of his command after two weeks for incompetence.

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Gen. Richard O’Connor

Gen. Richard O’Connor

Sir Richard Nugent O’Connor KT, GCB, DSO & Bar, MC, ADC (21 August 1889 – 17 June 1981) was aBritish Army general who commanded the Western Desert Force in the early years of World War II. He was the field commander for Operation Compass, in which his forces completely destroyed a much larger Italian army — a victory which nearly drove the Axis from Africa, and in turn, led Adolf Hitler to send...

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Lt. Gen. William Gott

Lt. Gen. William Gott

William Henry Ewart Gott CB, CBE, DSO and bar, MC (13 August 1897 – 7 August 1942),nicknamed ”Strafer”, was a British Army officer during both the First and Second World Wars, reaching the rank oflieutenant-general when serving in the British Eighth Army. In August 1942 he was appointed as successor to Claude Auchinleck as commander of the Eighth Army. On the way to take up his command he was killed in a plane...

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Admiral Andrew Cunningham

Admiral Andrew Cunningham

Andrew Browne Cunningham, 1st Viscount Cunningham of Hyndhope, (7 January 1883 – 12 June 1963),  was widely known by his nickname, “ABC”. In the Second World War, as Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet, Cunningham led British naval forces to victory in several critical Mediterranean naval battles. These included the attack on Taranto in 1940, the first completely all-aircraft naval attack in history, and...

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601 Squadron- The Millionaires Squadron

601 Squadron- The Millionaires Squadron

601 Squadron was formed at RAF Northolt on 14 October 1925 when a group of wealthy aristocratic young men, all of whom were amateur aviators, decided to form themselves into a Reserve Squadron of the RAF after a meeting in White’s Club, London. The squadron battle honours most notably include the Battle of Britain and the first Americans to fly in World War II were members of this squadron. When fuel was hard to get, the 601...

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One of the Luftwaffe’s best- Werner Molders.

One of the Luftwaffe’s best- Werner Molders.

Werner Mölders was a World War II German Luftwaffe pilot and the leading German fighter ace in the Spanish Civil War. Mölders became the first pilot in aviation history to claim 100 aerial victories and was highly decorated for his achievements. He was instrumental in the development of new fighter tactics, which led to the finger-four formation. He was captured by the British in the Battle of France and then turned over to the French....

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New Zealander Flight Lt. Alan Deere

New Zealander Flight Lt. Alan Deere

Alan “Al” Christopher Deere would distinguish himself in WWII, like so many other brave pilots. He fell in love with his Spitfire “Kiwi” and compared it to flying a captured Me 109. He liked the Spitfire better. He was shot down on May 28th during Dunkirk but was saved by a soldier who then complained that the RAF wasn’t doing enough to help. On 9 July Deere shot down a Bf 109 over the channel, but then...

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Major Adolf Galland of the Luftwaffe

Major Adolf Galland of the Luftwaffe

Galland makes a brief appearance in episode 45. He leads his Geschwader against shipping in SE Britain, only to lose good men and his own plane due to Radar. However, his pilots have a surprise for the RAF fighters. He would be shot down 4 times, but have 104 victories. He would soon be promoted to general and thus be unable to fly combat missions any more. He died in...

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