Overview of the life of a statesman.
Helmut Schmidt born 23 December 1918 in Hamburg.
As an air force serviceman, participation inter alia in invasion of Soviet Union, otherwise mostly postings within the home command, responsible for training at Reich Air Ministry (with final rank of Reserve Lieutenant)
Marriage to Hannelore (Loki) Glaser in Hamburg (1944: son Walter born, but dies before his first birthday; 1947: daughter Susanne born)
Desk officer, later department head in Ministry for Economics and Transport in Hamburg under Senator (and later Federal Economics and Finance Minister) Karl Schiller
Returns to Bonn as Member of the Bundestag; prospective minister in the government team of SPD candidate for Federal Chancellor, Willy Brandt, but the SPD loses the election again
Deputy Chairman of the SPD
Finance Minister in Willy Brandt’s second cabinet (temporarily also covering the Minister for Economics’ brief)