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Eino Ilmari Juutilainen (Born 21st of February, 1914 in Lieksa) was a fighter pilot of the Ilmavoimat (The Finnish Air Force) and the top scoring non-German fighter pilot of all time. This makes him the top flying ace of the Finnish Air Force, leading all Finnish pilots in score against Soviet aircraft in WWII (1939–40 and 1941–1944), with 94 confirmed aerial combat victories in 437 sorties. According to himself he achieved a total of 126 victories. He achieved 34 of his victories while…

Simo Häyhä – nicknamed "White Death" by the Red Army, was a Finnish sniper. Using a modified Mosin–Nagant in the Winter War, he has the highest recorded number of confirmed sniper kills – 505 – in any major war.

Heinrich Severloh "The Beast of Omaha Beach" (23 June 1923 – 14 January 2006) was a soldier in the German 352nd Infantry Division stationed in Normandy in 1944. He became infamous as a machine gunner, inflicting over 2000 casualties to American soldiers landing on Omaha Beach on D-Day. The immense casualty rate can be attributed the fact that Severloh fired directly into the densely packed GIs as soon as the ramps were opened and before they could disperse from their craft. Severloh counted…

It was Hein Severloh, a soldier of the Infantry Division, and his MG 42 that made the American landing at Omaha Beach / Normandy on June 1944 so costly. Severloh had manned the

Jorma Kalevi Sarvanto (22 August 1912 – 16 October 1963) was a Finnish Air Force pilot and the foremost Finnish fighter ace of the Winter War.  Sarvanto was to become the top scoring Finnish ace of the Winter War with 13 victories. During the Continuation War he downed four more aircraft with Brewster Buffaloes, bringing his total score to 17. He flew a total of 255 combat missions during World War II.

He was Finland's first fighter ace, flying a total of 255 combat missions during World War II. On January 6 1939 he shot down six planes in seven minutes.

✠ Ernst Udet (26 April 1896 – 17 November 1941) Committed suicide. FA 68, FA(A) 206, KEK Habsheim, Jastas 4, 11, 15, 37 (62 victories) Pour le Merite (9 April 1918) House Order of Hohenzollern (13th November 1917) RK 04.07.1940 General der Flieger,Generalluftzeugmeister Oberkommando der Luftwaffe

FA FA(A) KEK Habsheim, Jastas 37 victories) Pour le Merite April House Order of Hohenzollern November RK General der Flieger,Generalluftzeugmeister Oberkommando der Luftwaffe

Finnish officers from the Wiking Division, early 1943. Top row - Mauri Sautio, Heikki Mansala, Kauko Ingerö. Bottom row - Olli Somersalo, Kalervo Kurkiala, Yrjö Tenomaa.

A group of veteran Finnish officers from the Wiking Division photographed in early Top row: Mauri Sautio, Heikki Mansala, Kauko Ingerö. Pin by Paolo Marzioli

フィンランドを代表するエイノ・イマルリ・ユーティライネン。別名「無傷の撃墜王」。有名なパイロット

Eino Ilmari “Illu” Juutilainen, the top scoring non-German fighter pilot. He served in the Finnish Air Force during WWII and had 94 confirmed aerial victories.

Command Sergeant Major Plumley | Any of you SOBs calls me “Grandpa”… I’ll kill ya

Army Command Sergeant Major Basil Plumley, year combat veteran of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. He fought only with a Colt 1911 because he believed the had too much plastic and not enough.

Lauri Allan Törni (28 May 1919 – 18 October 1965), later known as Larry Thorne, was a Finnish Army captain who led an infantry company in the Finnish Winter and Continuation Wars and moved to the United States after World War II. He fought under three flags: Finnish, German (when he fought the Soviets in World War II), and American (where he was known as Larry Thorne) when he served in U.S. Army Special Forces in the Vietnam War.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lauri_Törni

Lauri Allan Törni May 1919 – 18 October Soldier of three armies, Finnish war, Worldwar Green beret photo.

Ernst Udet entered the German Air Force in September 1915. Flying a Fokker D.III, he scored his first victory on 18 March 1916 in a lone attack against 22 French aircraft. On 26 July 1917, he transferred to Jasta 37 where he scored fifteen victories. From there he transferred to Jasta 11 in March 1918 and Jasta 4 in May 1918.  Udet was the highest scoring German ace to survive World War I.

Ernst Udet - The Aerodrome - Aces and Aircraft of World War I

Pictured is Karl Otto Koch, the first Commandant of the Majdanek camp. Koch had previously been the Commandant of Buchenwald, but he was sent to Majdanek as punishment after he was arrested in Weimar for non-payment of taxes. In 1943, he was brought back to Weimar and put on trial by SS Judge Georg Konrad Morgen on charges of ordering the murder of two prisoners at Buchenwald and taking bribes from Jewish prisoners. He was convicted and executed by the Nazis before the end of the war.

Karl-Otto Koch, the commandant of Buchenwald and the first commandant of Majdanek concentration camp. The husband of Ilse Koch (known as the Bitch of Buchenwald) he would become known for stealing.

Hans-Ulrich Rudel - Highest decorated German in WWII

Hans-Ulrich Rudel -Awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Golden Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds. Only one ever given out) Rudel was the most decorated German serviceman of World War II.

Finnish Air Force 1st Lt. Jorma 'Yotti' Saarinen in the cockpit of his Messerschmitt Bf. 109G2.  Saarinen got 23 kills in 139 missions. He died in unsuccesful forced landing after combat at one of the last missions at war.

Jorma 'Yotti' Saarinen in the cockpit fighter Messerschmitt Bf. of the level of the Squadron of the Finnish Air Force / HLeLv Jorma Saarinen carried out 139 sorties, won a victory.

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Hartmann, Erich, born on in Weissach, Württemberg. His father Doctor Alfred Erich Hartmann, took his family to China during the economic depression after the first war and found work.

12 Common History Myths, Debunked. These will really make you think.

12 Common History Myths, Debunked

12 Common History Myths, Debunked (I surprised that people believed some of these in the first place.

Walter "Graf Punski" Krupinski (11 November 1920 – 7 October 2000) was a German Luftwaffe fighter ace of World War II and a senior West German air force officer after the war. He was one of the highest-scoring pilots, credited with 197 victories in 1,100 sorties. He was called by his fellow pilots Graf Punski (Count Punski) due to his Prussian origins. Krupinski was one of the first to fly the Me 262 jet fighter in combat as a member of the famous aces squadron JV 44 led by Adolf Galland.

historywars: “ Walter “Graf Punski” Krupinski November 1920 – 7 October was a German Luftwaffe fighter ace of World War II and a senior West German air force officer after the war.

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