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This is an excellent example of the superb 288 page, 7 x 10 inch, very heavily illustrated hardcover book Jagdgeschwader Horst Wessel (Horst Wessel Fighter Squadron) by Obersturmbannführer Hans Peter Hermel as published by the Central Publishing House of the NSDAP, Franz Eher Nachfolger Verlag in München (Munich), Germany in 1938. The book has red linen hard covers with the title, SA insignia and an eagle embossed on the front cover.
Facing the title page of the book is a full-page frontispiece depicting the namesake of this SA Fighter Squadron, Horst Wessel. The bust was the work of Standartenführer Glöckler of Berlin.
Following the title page there is an introduction by Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring, an Order of the Day from SA Chief of Staff Viktor Lütze and the handing over of the new Horst Wessel Luftwaffe Squadron to Hitler. There is also the message of acceptance of Geschwader Horst Wessel by Hitler, and the authorization for unit personnel to wear the cuff title Horst Wessel on the sleeve of their uniform.
That section of the book is followed by a 20 page history of the life and untimely death of SA Sturmführer Horst Wessel.
Between pages 42 - 276, are the biographies of each of the SA martyrs of the Nazi Movement in Germany accompanied by a wonderfully done, artistic pencil rendering of the martyrs' uniformed bust. In a few cases where no face was available there is an equally well-done pencil rendering of that man's grave or grave marker.
At the end of this book there is a special 12 page section of unique photographs of the Horst Wessel Squadron and the gifting of it to Germany's 23rd Chancellor, Adolf Hitler. Photos include several of the cased Urkunde (award certificates) conveying the squadron to Adolf Hitler, photos of the aircraft of the squadron, dedication of the squadron flag, the mother and sister of Horst Wessel with Lütze, etc., etc.
This rare 79 year old book Jagdgeschwader Horst Wessel is in very good condition. There is a blemish on the right side of the embossed emblem on the front cover that can be examined in our third photo above. There is a book plate from a previous owner inside the front cover.
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EXTREMELY RARE NAZI BOOK SA / LUFTWAFFE SQUADRON HORST WESSEL
MEMORIAL BOOK FOR THE HANDING OVER OF JAGDGESCHWADER
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