A- 26 Invader in Action by Jim Mesko

By Jim Mesko

A- 26 Invader in motion - Squadron/Signal 1134 КНИГИ ;ВОЕННАЯ ИСТОРИЯ Издательство: Squadron/Signal guides Серия: airplane 134 Название: A-26 Invader in motion Язык: English Год издания: 1993 Количество страниц: forty nine ISBN: 0-89747-296-9 Формат: pdf Размер: 10.8 mb eighty five

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73 Even Social Democrats portrayed the indefatigable Graf Zeppelin as an exemplary worker, who despite defeats and setbacks always looked forward. " 77 Far more plausibly than the somewhat comic kaiser, Graf Zeppelin represented what many Germans took to be their national virtues: skill, purposefulness, and idealism. Zeppelin the Tatmensch more nearly fitted the aspirations and ambitions of the young empire. Perhaps no contemporary in Wilhelmine Germany enjoyed as much public esteem, as countless Zeppelin plays produced by small-town literary societies, Zeppelin poems published in provincial newspapers, and Zeppelin songs sung on playgrounds attested.

It struck a more ominous and embattled note, but at the same time drew attention to the muscular, almost visible subordination of the elements. In the end, however, the result was invariably the same: the "happy end" of progress saw nature conquered and a new quality of power delivered to humankind. Once this narrative was learned, then catastrophes such as the explosion at Echterdingen could easily be accounted as the price of progress. This was acknowledged quite explicitly by the Viennese writer Hugo von Hofmannsthal, who recognized Echterdingen as a necessary dramatic device: 43 A completely unblemished success could never have crowned the genius of this man in the same way as this stranger-than-fiction combination of triumph and catastrophe.

42 The popular designation of the zeppelin as "Bezwinger der Luft," or subduer of the air, evoked the physical effort necessary to restrain nature. It struck a more ominous and embattled note, but at the same time drew attention to the muscular, almost visible subordination of the elements. In the end, however, the result was invariably the same: the "happy end" of progress saw nature conquered and a new quality of power delivered to humankind. Once this narrative was learned, then catastrophes such as the explosion at Echterdingen could easily be accounted as the price of progress.

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