Der Fuhrer in the First War

First World War 1914-1918 from the German perspective.

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Der Fuhrer in the First War

Post by Guest » Wed Dec 20, 2006 1:32 am

i thought we might be able to start this section off with some info about "Der Fuhrer in the First War" like he was part of the 16 Bavarian Reserve (i think) which were supposed to be elite

can anyone confirm the legend that he was almost killed when a bunker he had just left was blown up by Aussie Artillery

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Post by Willhelm Gruber II » Wed Dec 20, 2006 1:33 am

sorry folks the above was me but i forgot to log in... a guest thing hmmm good or bad
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Post by philippe_jehl » Wed Dec 20, 2006 1:45 am

I have seen several documentaries that mentioned the episode of his almost being killed but neither stated it as fact. They did mention that after that incident, Hitler felt he was being protected and had a destiny to fufill (or something to that effect).

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Post by Guest » Thu Dec 21, 2006 3:39 am

Hi all,

Here's a quite extensive biography on Hitler that also covers his WW I experiences in reasonable detail.
Must admit I haven't read all of it and in the parts that I have read I found a few things that are debatable to say the least but maybe this article can be a starting point for further discussion on hitlers WW I exploits.

http://smoter.com/hitler.htm

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Post by Paulus II » Thu Dec 21, 2006 3:47 am

Well,

Seems that can be a guest when I don't log in :D

Prefer being a member though!!

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Post by Rolf Steiner » Wed Jan 10, 2007 2:44 pm

i'm not sure it's been discussed in here lately, but what's the feeling on that story of the former Brit sniper some years later claiming 'I had him in my sights in 1917 but decided to let him go... oh the trouble I could have prevented!' Sounds a bit flaky to me...
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Post by Scott Powell » Mon Feb 04, 2008 8:23 pm

Hitler was VERY brave in the great war. As a lowly Corporal he was awarded both the EK 1 in 1918 and EK 2 in 1914. The award of the EK1 speaks volumes of his courage,as it was very rarely awarded to such a low ranking foot soldier. He was also awarded the Bavarian War Merit Cross 3rd Class with swords in 1917.
a small side note, one reason Hitler wore his moustache as he did after the war was to prove he was a front line soldier to the masses. moustaches had to be trimmed very short on the sides so the gas masks would gain an airtight fit

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Post by Soldat7128 » Fri May 30, 2008 7:30 am

Rolf Steiner wrote:i'm not sure it's been discussed in here lately, but what's the feeling on that story of the former Brit sniper some years later claiming 'I had him in my sights in 1917 but decided to let him go... oh the trouble I could have prevented!' Sounds a bit flaky to me...
Sounds firmly in the "Hitler had only one ball" school of English history to me… :wink:

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Post by Soldat7128 » Fri May 30, 2008 8:15 am

philippe_jehl wrote:I have seen several documentaries that mentioned the episode of his almost being killed but neither stated it as fact. They did mention that after that incident, Hitler felt he was being protected and had a destiny to fufill (or something to that effect).
Sounds like Martin Sheen's description of Col. Kurtz in Apolocalypse Now (at least the protected part).

Also sounds like the failed assassination attempts during the Second World War probably intensified Hitler's belief in his own invulnerability, but that it had its roots in the First World War.

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