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    Hans-Joachim Marseille at Home

       

                                       Two photos of Marseille graduating high school            

 

 

                                        Marseille on the tennis court

Marseille was the antithesis of the typical German officer. Anti Nazi, anti-racist, humanistic and openly irreverent towards his superiors with whom he disagreed, he became Germany's most unlikely national hero. His story is one of stirring emotion, controversy and enigmatic heroism, and is told by the men and women who knew him.

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Above: Marseille (center) with his Jewish friends in school

Above: The Marseille family

                 

         Marseille with his Me-109E4 with LG-2            Marseille with his mother

           

Marseille and mother prior to his concert

 

 Marseille displaying his musical skills. Hitler was less than amused

                                                                                  Two portraits of Marseille 

 

Marseille (2nd from right) with fiancee Hanneliese Kupper during his home leave on his left at the Berlin Palast after the award ceremony


                                       

Marseille portraits

                  

                        His father: Maj Gen Siegfried Marseille                             Back home


   

           

Still image from the newsreel of Marseille's Hitler Youth recruitment tour

 

Above: Two photos of Marseille with fiancee Hannliese Kupper

Marseille and "Fifi" Stahlschmidt

Kugelbauer, Marseille, Schroer and Stahlschmidt


Neumann, Marseille and Redlich

              Marseille Meets Hitler

      

Two photos at the Bahnhoff on his way to meet Adolf Hitler

Marseille after receiving the Oak Leaves and Swords

 

Photo still from the newsreel of their meeting 

                         

 Photos taken during the ceremony

              Marseille at Augsburg

      

            

 

 

 Fritz Wendell, Pohs and Marseille during Me-109G test flights.


              Marseille on Missions

                                  

Marseille on the cover of the Italian version of The Eagle


Marseille strapping in

            

Adding victories to Marseille's rudder

 

         Marseille with his first Blenheim bomber kill


Marseille congratulated returning from a mission and flight to an enemy airfield

           

Marseille back from a mission                                More victories

Possibly Reiner Pottgen (left) with Marseille

 

Marseille's rudder with 136 kills

 

Field Marshal Albert Kesselring awarding the Knight's Cross

 

Two photos of Marseille after returning his 5th and final 'mail' flight over an enemy airfield

 

Marseille and the men greeting his latest victory

         

         Marseille discussing a mission        


  Marseille and Me-109 rudder

The men in Benghazi

 

Marseille after another mission

Marseille congratulated after his second mission of Sept. 1, 1942

 

After downing four Hurricanes, Marseille points to an enemy 20mm cannon hole

Marseille dismounting after a mission

   

Marseille describing his 8 kills in a single sortie            Marseille describing a battle

 

Marseille on a successful return

 

 Marseille preparing for a mission take off

         Life and War in the Desert

Christening Hans-Arnold "Fifi" Stahlschmidt's new Me-109F4. This was the aircraft in which he became missing in action. He has never been found.

 Marseille walks away after another successful mission

Mechanics clean the 20mm cannon barrel

 Above and Below: Engine repair on a Me-109F and Me-109E respectively

 

 

 Marseille driving his Kubelwagen with Werner Schroer in the back

  

               Marseille exhausted              Marseille after receiving the Knight's Cross

  

          Matthew "Mathias" Letuku                         Marseille and Mathias

 

Marseille with Eduard Neumann

 

Marseille after the telephone call from Field Marshall Erwin Rommel informing him that he would meet Hitler again to receive the Diamonds.

 

Marseille after another mission

 

                    Marseille mounts up                          Marseille on the way to meet Mussolini

 

Marseille congratulated after the first mission on Sept. 1, 1942

                 

        Marseille with the Knight's Cross       Marseille leaves the Maribu Theater

 

Rommel comes to visit Marseille for a second time

 

 Marseille in a lighter moment


       

                 Dettman and Marseille                   Marseille's rudder with 50 kills

                                            Marseille dismounting

 

                         Marseille and the group after another mission

 

Marseille after the jeep ride with Schroer and a medic to rescue an enemy pilot Marseille shot down, trapped in his fighter. The pilot survived, but was wounded. Marseille flew and dropped another one of his "telegrams" to the enemy airfield.

          Supplemental Photographs

  

           JG-27 arrives in Libya                        Marseille prior to a mission

Painting the unit emblem on a cowling

The early days of JG-27, the Me-109E and old camouflage scheme 

Weapons maintenance

The effectiveness of the desert camouflage. 

Below is Werner Schroer in his Me-109E4

 

  

Ludwig Franzisket in his Me-109F4 

 

 Left to right: Marseille's last commanding officer, Oberst Eduard Neumann, Colin Heaton, and Generalleutnant Gunther Rall at the Gemeinschaft der Jagdflieger Treffen in 1999 during one of the many interviews

 

Neumann's famous circus wagon and command post 

     A Star Falls: Death of Marseille

 

The impact site of Marseille's fighter

 

                    Marseille's body                             Marseille's funeral service

Ludwig Franzisket removes Marseille's Knight's Cross and other medals

 

Marseille's coffin

Marseille's grave marker

The funeral procession

 

The Gemeinshcaft der Jagdflieger memorial in Egypt in 1989

 

Marseille's permanent memorial which stands today

            Additional Photographs

 

 Above: The men of JG-27 entering the Marabu Theater

Above: The Me-109F models being sent to Libya

Above: Marseille preparing for a mission

  Above: Espenlaub's fighter after he was shot down. He was killed trying to escape captivity, and the unit took it very hard, especially Marseille.

JG-27 first arriving in Libya enmasse in November 1942. Werner Schroer is at far left with sunglasses on.

Below: The operational map of North Africa

 

                    Marseille at Large

   

Marseille in Rome after receiving the Italian Gold Medal for Bravery

Marseille in the sun

 

Two photos of the smile that melted women's hearts

More Photos of Hans-Joachim "Jochen" Marseille

  Some of Marseille's Love Interests

Nilla Pizzi

The famous Italian singer and performer introduced Marseille to her signature song,the Rumba Azul, among other interesting things.

 

     

        

 

 Leni Riefenstahl

 The actress and film director was a Hitler favorite, and she was infatuated with Marseille. See her very interesting comments in the book.

   

  

 

Hitler congratulating Leni in 1934

 

Leni and her film crew at Nuremberg in 1935 with Heinrich Himmler

 

Josef Goebbels and Leni Riefenstahl

 

 Zarah Leander

Swedish born Leander was one of the most successful actresses in Europe. She was a Nazi Party favorite, and she once confided to Riefenstahl that Marseille was her "favorite sexy man"

        

  

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