Download Hitler's First War: Adolf Hitler, the Men of the List Regiment, and the First World War eBook
by Thomas Weber
Hitler claimed that his years as a soldier in the First World War were the most formative years of his life.
Hitler claimed that his years as a soldier in the First World War were the most formative years of his life. However, for the six decades since his death in the ruins of Berlin, Hitler's time as a soldier on the Western Front has, remarkably, remained a blank spot.
Hitler's First War book. Weber's groundbreaking work sheds light on this puzzle and offers a profound challenge to the idea that World War I served as the perfect crucible for Hitler's subsequent rise.
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The military career of Adolf Hitler can be divided into two distinct portions of Adolf Hitler's life.
The military career of Adolf Hitler can be divided into two distinct portions of Adolf Hitler's life. Mainly, the period during World War I when Hitler served as a Gefreiter (lance corporal) in the Bavarian Army, and the era of World War II when Hitler served as the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Wehrmacht (German Armed Forces) through his position as Führer of Nazi Germany.
Hitler's First War: Adolf. has been added to your Basket. Once in a while a truly original book comes along, forcing us to rethink our understanding of the past. Weber's book is such a work. He has ferreted out a wealth of new evidence from the archives and turned received wisdom on Hitlers life story and the wider impact of the Great War on its head. This is essential reading for specialists and a fascinating tale for the general reader.
In Hitler's First War, award-winning author Thomas Weber delivers a master work of history-a major revision of our understanding of Hitler's life. Weber paints a group portrait of the List Regiment, Hitler's unit during World War I, to rewrite the story of his military service. Contrary to myth, the regiment consisted largely of conscripts, not enthusiastic volunteers.
Here’s something interesting. Surely Thomas Weber knew this when he began to work on Hitler’s First War: Adolf Hitler, the Men of the List Regiment, and the First World War (Oxford UP, 2010). After all, a new book on Hitler’s wartime experience had come out in 2005. What more is there to say? It turns out that there is quite a lot if you know where to look. He uses an interesting approach to uncover novel information about Hitler.
Unpublished letters and diaries from List regiment soldiers portray Hitler as a loner, an object of ridicule and 'a rear area pig'. Unpublished letters and a diary written by veterans of Hitler's wartime regiment are among newly unearthed documents that challenge previous notions about how the conflict shaped the future dictator's views.
Well, it means that more scholarly attention has probably been paid to Hitler than any other figure in modern history. More from New Books in History.
Yet that is precisely what Thomas Weber does in Hitler's First War. He has made an authentic and important contribution. As Weber points out, the period of Hitler's service as a soldier in the 16th Bavarian Reserve Infantry Regiment (RIR 16) is the crucible. He developed here a sentimental attachment to Germany and political ideas. More significantly, he soon manipulated the facts of his service to establish the image of the Frontkampfer-the common soldier at the front, and the necessary nationalistic and fraternal associations that went along with it.