In 1923 and after hearing Adolf Hitler speak joined the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP). Hitler also admired Goering and appointed him as head of Sturm Abteilung (Storm Section). The SA (also known as stormtroopers or brownshirts) was instructed to disrupt the meetings of political opponents and to protect Hitler from revenge attacks.
Goering was badly injured in the Beer Hall Putsch. To avoid arrest Goering fled to Sweden. Goering, lived in Stockholm for the next four years. In February 1938, Goering became head of Germany's armed forces. The following year he officially became Hitler's deputy and legal heir.
Goering organized the German war effort during the Battle of Britain and made the crucial mistake of changing his tactics and launching the Blitz in September, 1940. He was criticized for the failings of the Luftwaffe during Operation Barbarossa.
After the war had finished Goering was taken to Nuremberg for the war crimes trials.
Goering was found him guilty on all four counts against him these being conspiracy to wage war, crimes against peace, war crimes and crimes against humanity. He was sentenced to death by hanging on October 15 1946, and two hours before his execution was due to take place, Goering committed suicide in his Nuremberg cell, taking a capsule of cyanide poison that he had succeeded in hiding from his guards during his captivity.