(1916-1982) Stuka dive-bomber pilot during World War II, the most highly decorated German serviceman of the war. War-date A.L.S. in blue ink, 2pp., 4to., Jan. 14, 1945 to Reichsminister of Propaganda JOSEPH GOEBBELS on his personal letterhead, "Schlachtgeschwader 2 'Immelmann' Commodore", thanking Goebbels for the congratulations sent for his award and promotion and adding: "...I wish I could continue to lead my squadron against the enemy...there are 'black clouds' on the horizon...Heil Hitler, H. U. Rudel". Also present is Rudel's personal field post envelope addressed to "Reichsminister Dr. Goebbels, (1) Berlin". Docket stamp at top right , file holes at left, staple holes at top left corner, usual folds, else fine. Rudel was awarded his Golden Oak Leaves on December 29, 1944.

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