Category Archives: John Christopher Bechtler Collection

A. Fokker films: von Richthofen’s “Flying Circus”, WWI aces

Various locations and dates, probably N. France and Belgium, between Autumn 1916 to September 1918. Contains activities of Jagdgeschwader 1 (the Red Baron’s “Flying Circus”), comprising Jagdstaffel (Jasta) 4, 6, 10, 11, which was commanded by Manfred von Richthofen (MvR) until his death April 21, 1918 in a Fokker Dr.1. Hermann Goering became CO of

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Hitler’s butler’s home movies; Oswald Mosley, BUF in London

1938 color home movies of Kannenberg family in Germany. Two young girls (nieces) with Arthur Kannenberg and shiny black Mercedes flying small swastika. Intertitle: “Unser Vater an seinem 73.ten Geburtstag (Our father on his 73rd birthday) 21.6.38.” Grandfather, grandmother, 3 young girls bring flowers. Family scenes, including storefront “Villa Luise.” [1944 police document identifies Inger

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Ruins in Munich

Views of Munich, probably postwar [film stock dates to 1943]. Street scenes show destroyed buildings and piles of rubble. Short clip of the Bcrgerbrcukeller, the site of the Beer Hall Putsch where Adolf Hitler and the Kampfbund attempted a coup d’ctat in 1923.;01:01:02 John Bechtler gets into an army truck (labeled 206008425.) A brief clip

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Hitler’s butler’s home movies; maiden voyage of KdF ship “Robert Ley”

Some events are early 1939. Amateur films of Hitler’s major domo – “Hausintendant” Arthur Kannenberg. Landscape. Kannenberg with chimney sweeps in front of shop. Landscape – Bavaria or Austria. 01:03:26 to 01:03:45 Kannenberg in civilian clothes, in front of small unit of men, with officer. Swans, pond. Civilians including Adolf Galland fish from stone bridge.

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Oswald Mosley, British Union of Fascists, Manchester

Cobblestoned streets, Manchester, England. Double decker bus, shops, some signs. Civilian men marching. Small band, people. Some Union Jack flags. 01:08:15 color footage of Oswald Mosley and large rectangular microphone. Speech to closely gathered crowd. Pan of crowd and Manchester brick buildings in background. Red armbands visible. Scuffles, man with bleeding head, bandaged. Speech continues,

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Home movies: Hitler’s major domo swimming; swans; rowboat

Amateur films of “Hausintendant” Arthur (a.k.a. Willy) Kannenberg, major domo/house manager to Adolf Hitler.;Lily pond, swans, rowboat, swimming (possibly a male relative of Kannenberg, similar facial structure). Teasing and feeding swans from end of rowboat. 01:04:20 Kannenberg swimming and frolicking with a blond woman, probably his wife Freda, from the rowboat. Surface dives. Both climb

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