Private Hitler in the First World War

Until recently, say, the last twenty years, the subject of this series of articles had been somewhat buried below the historical hagiography of the Third Reich, which idolized Hitler as a war hero and destroyed everything that did not fit the bill – and the subsequent loss of many documents due to the Allied bomber campaign.

We owe it mostly to the efforts of Anton Joachimsthaler and Thomas Weber that we have improved our knowledge in the last years. Their books are of principal value for research and build the foundation for the following articles:


Part One: Adolf Hitler arrives in Munich 1913


Part Two: Outbreak of the War


Part Three: Adolf Hitler at the Western Front


to be continued …


© John Vincent Palatine 2015/2020

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