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Another of the post-war icons has passed away.  When people ask who you would like to have a dinner with, Helmut Schmidt would be on my list.  He took West Germany through some very difficult and complex times.  Reading his obituary in the NY Times this evening, I never knew he had been in the Luftwaffe and earned the Iron Cross.  Politics aside, this is a man who's life reads like a history book.

I wonder, has did any other post-WWII German Chancellor earn the Iron Cross?

Best photo I could find...  No EK...

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(Source: spiegel.de)

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Here´s  his wedding picture:

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(Source: derwesten.de)

 

 

Ludwig Erhard, chancellor from 1963-1966, served 1916-1918 with an artillery unit on the western front, was severely wounded and promoted to Unteroffizier. He received the Bayrisches Militärverdienstkreuz III. Klasse mit Schwertern

 

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RIP Hauptmann Schmidt.

Hope, over there, there are also some of you favourite Reyno menthol cigaretts.

Richard von Weizäcker had also some WW2 awards.

 

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I suspect the doctors will, despite him being 96, put him down as a smoking related death.

Paul

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"Mr. Schmidt stopped smoking in september 2015."

If he was using supplied oxygen, smoking in a O2 tent, or even around a tank, could have killed him and possibly others in a flash fire.

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