Corporal Hitler and the Great War 1914-1918: The List Regiment (Cass Military Studies)

Corporal Hitler and the Great War 1914-1918: The List Regiment (Cass Military Studies)


Adolf Hitler enlisted within the Bavarian military in august 1914 as a battle volunteer. Fanatically dedicated to the German reason, among 1914 and 1918 Hitler served with contrast and infrequently reckless bravery, successful either periods of Iron pass. utilizing memoirs, army documents, regimental, divisional and legit warfare histories in addition to (wherever attainable) Hitler's personal phrases, this ebook seeks to reconstruct a interval in his lifestyles that has been missed within the literature. it's also the tale of a German regiment (16th Bavarian Reserve Infantry, or checklist Regiment), which fought in all of the major battles at the Western entrance. As a frontline soldier Hitler started his 'study' of the black artwork of propaganda; and, as he himself maintained, the record Regiment supplied him along with his 'university of life'.

This is not just an account of the combating, even though. one of the most profound affects on Hitler happened on domestic go away or due to authentic wartime propaganda, which he gobbled uncritically. His conversion from passive pathological anti-Semitism all started whereas invalided in Germany in 1916-17. The language of anti-Bolshevik 'Jewish virus' propaganda turned Hitler's language, proven, as he observed it, by way of the 'infected' recruits to the checklist Regiment in 1918.

Hitler is right here offered much less because the made from high-cultural forces than as an avid reader and gullible shopper of kingdom propaganda, which fed his prejudices. He used to be a 'good soldier' but additionally a 'true believer' in reality and perform. it's no exaggeration to assert that each army selection made by means of Hitler among 1939 and 1945 was once in a roundabout way motivated or colored via his stories with the checklist Regiment among 1914 and 1918.

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