THE UNKNOWN ADOLF HITLER

Battlefield heroism knows no frontiers. However, it is difficult to identify any whose valour equals that of a WWI (1914 – 1918) volunteer who at the time was an unknown corporal.

Corporal Adolf Hitler saw frontline action at Yser, Ypres, Flanders, Neuve Chapelle, La Bassee, Arras, Artuis, Somme, Fromelles, Alsace Lorraine, Aillette, Montdidier, Soissons, Rheims, Oise, Marne, Champagne, Vosle, Monchy, and Bapaume.

During those terrible years, the future leader of the German people displayed exemplary courage in a conflict that involved more than forty battles. He was wounded on October 5, 1916, and hospitalised for two months. Then he was back at the front until October 15, 1918, when he was hospitalised again, this time for gas poisoning.

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Hitler’s battlefield heroism was the stuff of legends and on a par with that of the Spartans of Thermopylae.  Even Jews, notoriously hostile to the German statesman, were unstinting in their praise. That few people are aware of this is entirely due to the cowardliness of many palace publishers and media presstitutes.

Their spinelessness is such that they cannot honour their enemy; for thousands of years a European tradition. Hitler’s wartime record is not a matter of dispute and explains why recognition is muted, censored or lied about.

ADOLF HITLER THE WARRIOR

“He was a model of coolness and courage in both trench warfare and assault combat. He was always ready to volunteer for carrying messages in the most difficult and dangerous situations.” ~ Lieutenant Colonel Godin in his official request that Hitler be awarded the Iron Cross 1st Class.

“He was always ready to help out in any situation, always volunteered for the most difficult and most arduous, and the most dangerous missions, and to risk his life and wellbeing for the Fatherland. On a human level, I felt closer to him than to any of the other men.” ~ Statement by Colonel Anton Tubeuf further on the recognition being awarded.

“Hitler inspired all his comrades. His fearless courage and devotion to duty, particularly in combat impressed them. His qualifications, modesty, and his admirable sobriety earned him the greatest respect of his comrades and superiors alike.” ~ Great War veteran Colonel Spatny who commanded the 16th Regiment

“Hitler’s wartime record; campaigns, decorations, wounds, periods in hospital and on leave, is fully documented. In addition, there is evidence to show that he was comradely, level-headed and an unusually brave soldier, and that a number of his commanding officers singled him out for special mention.” ~ Werner Maser, former head of the Institute of Contemporary History at the University of Munich, author of the biography Hitler, Legend, Myth, and Reality (Harper and Row, 1971).

“Hitler was quick in mind and body and had great powers of endurance. His most remarkable qualities were his personal courage and daring which enabled him to face any combat or perilous situation whatsoever.” ~ (1922) General Friedrich Petz summary of the High Command’s appreciation of the self-effacing corporal Adolf Hitler.

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“Hitler was a courageous and efficient soldier and was always a good comrade.” ~ Joachim Fest, German historian, and journalist.

“The courage and the composure with which he faced the most deadly fire made him seem invulnerable to his comrades. As long as Hitler is near us, nothing will happen to us, they kept repeating. It appears that made a deep impression on Hitler and reinforced his belief that he had been charged with a special mission.” ~ Joachim Fest, German historian, and journalist.

“In the course of the preceding months, he had escaped death on innumerable occasions. It was as though he had been wearing a good luck charm.” ~ John Toland, historian.

“Corporal Hitler was in all probability one of the German soldiers who got closest to Paris in 1918.” ~ French Historian, Raymond Cartier.

“Hitler had a fierce courage unmatched by anyone at the time or since.” ~ Sebastian Haffner, the Jewish writer who was fanatically anti-Hitler.

“He was a pleasant and likeable man who took an interest in the welfare of all his companions.” ~ Karl Hanisch, a Jew who shared lodgings with Hitler.

Karl Hanisch later recalled that his fellow lodger “. . . was neither proud nor arrogant, and he was always available and willing to help. If someone needed fifty hellers to pay for another night’s lodging, Hitler would always give whatever he had in his pocket without another thought. On several occasions, I personally saw him take the initiative and pass the hat for such a collection.”

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