Wolfhardt Koenig
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Aliases The Black Baron
Nationality Germany
Birth Place Munich
Ethnicity Germanic
Birthdate June 19/1907
Concept Ace of the Reich
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"For the Reich!"

Overview

Origins

Born in 1907 to a Munich middle-class family, Wolfhardt Koenig lost his father to the Great War at an early age, and then both the Spanish flu and tuberculosis conspired to take his mother away as well. While working to maintain his sister and sickly mother, Koenig became fascinated with Adolf Hitler’s superbly moving speeches and joined the NSDAP, participating in historical events like the unfortunately failed Beer Hall Putsch. The young man soon earned the Fuehrer’s favour, though due to his age he’d have to patiently wait to earn a proper, moderately influential place in the Party.

Discovery

When a powerful political position finally came up, Wolfhardt instead asked to serve the Reich in the Luftwaffe, and that’s where his natural aptitude towards flying became apparent. Within months, the prodigal pilot had already surpassed most of his peers, and he’d spend most of his twenties honing his deadly skills and growing an ever more fervent nationalsocialist. Being often compared to the Manfred von Richthofen and due to his tendency towards ordering his personal planes painted in the darkest of shades, Koenig earned the title, “The Black Baron”. Upon the creation of the air arm of the Waffen-SS, he was transferred to the SS-Jagdgeschwader 79, which would become one of the most feared fighter wings in the world under his command.

Detailed Biography

The Luckless Boy

Wolfhardt Koenig was born in 1907 to a Munich middle-class family. Despite enjoying a fairly average childhood, his life soon went through a progressive decline, beginning with the loss of his father to the Great War. His mother was forced to work till exhaustion in order to support Wolfhardt and his sister, Lucretia. Despite the stress and constant worry about her family slipping to hardship, she remained healthy enough, but that only left her open to the Spanish flu. As if it weren’t enough, she was diagnosed tuberculosis within months, leaving her bedridden. His mother’s overwhelming task quickly landed on Wolfhardt’s shoulders.

The Devoted Nazi

When working in a local steel mill and taking care of his sickly mother, Koenig became fascinated with Adolf Hitler’s superbly moving speeches, and became an honourary NSDAP member as soon as his idol rose to chairman. The young man went as far as taking part in the unfortunately failed Beer Hall Putsch, but managed to hide his involvement from the authorities. Hitler himself, however, ended up in Landsberg prison. Koenig frequently exchanged letters with the Fuehrer during his confinement, rising in favour considerably and being one of the first to read the latter’s masterpiece, Mein Kampf. It was none other than Hitler who promoted Koenig to full-fledged member, not long after his release.

The passing of his mother in 1925, though expected, crushed young Wolfhardt, his heart hardening further at yet another loss in the family. His sister had distanced from him over the years, disapproving of the things he had done for the Party, in which Koenig inevitably sought refuge after the tragedy. Once a kind, caring boy, Wolfhardt became more and more ruthless and perceptively colder as his devotion to the Party increased. He quickly rose through the ranks, though positions of power were frequently denied to him given his young age. Not nearly as power-hungry as many NSDAP members, Koenig eventually turned them down when the time came, asking instead to serve the Reich in the Luftwaffe.

The Black Baron

His natural knack for flying immediately became apparent, and within months he had surpassed most of his peers. The prodigal pilot spent most of his twenties constantly honing his deadly skills and growing an ever more fervent national socialist. Being often compared to the Manfred von Richthofen, the heroic Great War ace, and due his tendency towards ordering his personal planes painted in the darkest of shades, Koenig earned the title, “The Black Baron”. Upon the creation of the Waffen-SS, he was among the officers that suggested the addition of an air arm. The Fuehrer hadn’t forgotten about his service, and not only took the case into consideration, but also had Wolfhardt transferred to the first and best Waffen-SS fighter wing, the SS-Jagdgeschwader 79. His rank of Hauptmann (Captain) became Hauptsturmfuehrer.

Koenig gained quite the reputation in the SS-JG 79, and by 1937 had risen to the rank of Sturmbannfuehrer (equivalent of Major), and leader of the one of the most dreaded fighter wings in the world. The assassination of his life inspiration, Adolf Hitler, the following year felt like yet another family tragedy. But that treacherous bullet had only guided the Fuehrer to immortality. This time, death only strengthened Wolfhardt’s resolve and desire to serve the Party and the great Fatherland.

The Black Baron: In the Fatherland's Defense

In this exhilarating issue of The Black Baron, the vile French launch a treacherous attack on the Greater German Reich, maneuvering their mechanical monstrosities and feeble yet near-limitless Armee de l'Air through the Netherlands, around the Siegfried Line! Sturmbannfuehrer Koenig joins the heroic defenders of the Reich to confront the enemy in a glorious battle that will resound across the whole of Europe! Will the despicable French be stopped in time? Will their mobile fortresses be pounded into submission before they roll over our homes? Will the Black Baron have enough ammunition to stop the aerial advance?

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Messerschmitt Me 236
"Schattenadler"
Prototype single-seat fighter
(Signature Aircraft)
Craftsmanship (+1 to Pilot)
Craftsmanship (+1 to Guns)
1 Variable Improvement
Maneuver Speed Armament
Great (+4) Good (+3) Superb (+5)
Stress Quality
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Luger P08 Standard-issue sidearm No improvements
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The Parabellum-Pistole (Pistol Parabellum), popularly known as the Luger, is a toggle-locked, recoil-operated,
semi-automatic pistol. The design was patented by Georg J. Luger in 1898 and produced by German arms
manufacturer Deutsche Waffen- und Munitionsfabriken (DWM) starting in 1900; it was an evolution of the
1893 Hugo Borchardt designed C-93.
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