THE WESTERN MAIL
& SOUTH WALES NEWS, August 1934
10,000 PLANES ON GERMAN
in the Making
Germany Must Become a Nation of Aviators!
As I stepped out
of Berlin’s main station some days ago I saw stretched high across the street
a brilliantly blue banner with these words written large upon it. It was a
declaration of Germany’s greatest ambition of the moment - to lead the world
in civil and military aviation.
The Germans are
air-mad; their passion for flying is being fostered by the leaders of the
National Socialist Party. Hitler, when he visits a town, swoops down upon
it from the air. The first glimpse I ever had of the Chancellor was as he
approached his vast aeroplane, the Baron von Richthofen, standing the
snow-covered Berlin aerodrome on a February day in 1933.
THE POWER BEHIND
The real force
behind the German air plans is not Hitler, however, but Goering, who probably
cares nought about the economic visions of the National Socialist Party as long
as he has power to blacken the European sky with a host of German squadrons.
Goering was the
inspirer of the air display which I visited in Berlin, and which not only
impressed but startled me. Through the Berlin aerodrome ground marched
thousands upon thousands of strapping young men clad in the new grey-blue
uniform of the German aviators. As I watched their keen, determined faces,
their fine physique, and the perfection of their marching, I thought that
Germany had in them the germ of a magnificent air force.
And there were
young women, too, clad in that grey-blue uniform which is becoming as much the
darling of the Prussian crowd as was the most resplendent of Guards’ uniforms
in 1914. Will it be as ominous for Europe? I wonder.
AMBITION AND FEAR
It is not only
ambition but fear which is leading to the training of these thousands of young
10,000 aeroplanes are now standing on the German frontiers ready to start.”
This is one of the slogans driven into the minds of the German people by
pamphlet, cinema, and radio.
“In one hour
every German city can be attacked by foreign bombers.”
Here is another
statement which strikes millions of Germans in the eye as they look at the
Thus Goering is
driving his lesson daily, hourly into the consciousness of the German people.
Goering has spoken, and as a result of his commands air defence is taught in
every school, gas-mask demonstrations are carried out in the most remote parts
of the country, and every house of size appoints a special “air guardian” in
case of attack.
It was more than
a coincidence that when I sailed from Cuxhaven the last words I saw as the liner
slowly heaved away from the quay were:
Become a Nation of Aviators!