Hitler in WW1

Caption   Hitler in WW1
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  1. BILL says:
    24 May 2009 06:46:07 PM

    Photograph of Hitler on the left marked by cross, with other soldiers during World War I. Photo taken at Hospital, Hitler has Iron Cross ribbon on uniform.
  2. BILL says:
    3 Jul 2009 04:15:17 PM

    Hitler The Warrior: He served four years on
    the Western Front.
    Awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class
    Promoted to Lance Corporal
    Wounded in leg, two months in hospital
    Awarded Iron Cross 1st Class
    Gassed and temporarily blinded

    Hitler passed up promotion to Corporal,
    because it would result in being reassigned from messenger duty.
    Besides Two Iron Crosses, Hitler was awarded
    the Bavarian Military Medal 3rd Class w/Bar
    and received, as did all wounded soldiers, The Cross of Military Merit.
  3. Bill says:
    24 Oct 2009 07:00:20 PM

    When World War I broke out, Hitler believing
    the war would set everything right expressed
    "For me it was deliverance,I am not ashamed
    to say it today. I fell on my knees and thanked God"

    -Adolf Hitler-
  4. Bill says:
    27 Oct 2009 01:30:20 PM

    On February 5,1914 months before war broke
    out Twenty-five year old Adolf Hitler applied
    for military service, and was turned away as
    "Unfit for the Army or Auxiliary Corps. Too weak, Rejected".
    On August 3,1914 Adolf Hitler, sent a letter
    to the King of Bavaria begging him to be
    allowed to enlist as a volunteer. His plea
    was accepted, and he joined the 6th Battalion
    of the 2nd Bavarian Infantry Regiment.

    On October 20,1914 during the German drive
    on France,Hitler in a letter to his Landlady
    Frau Popp, confessed:
    "I find it hard to contain my enthusiasm. How many times have I wished to test my
    strength and prove my National Faith".

    Both Adolf Hitler and Erich Maria Remarque,
    two young German soldiers, fighting at the
    same time,on the same front,maybe even the
    same trench.
    Both experienced the war, as a nightmare,
    both became seriously wounded, both receive
    the Iron cross, both loved dogs, both went on to publish books.
    When the war ends, one becomes the greatest
    pacifist writer of the century, the other
    becomes the most Atrocious War Criminal of
    the Century.
    Erich Maria Remarque:
    "All Quiet on the Western Front"

    Adolf Hitler:
    "Mein Kampf"

    Did you know:
    Adolf Hitler is the only European who, more
    than half a century after his own death, is
    still widely known around the world.
    Other contemporary politicians, such as
    Churchill, or de Gaulle are remembered in the
    respective linguistic or cultural spheres,
    the same goes for intellectuals like Gothe,
    Kant,Ceruantes and Shakespeare.

  5. Bill says:
    31 Oct 2010 03:09:23 PM

    Did You Know...

    For the first time since World War II German
    soldiers were awarded the 'Iron Cross' for
    bravery on the battlefield.
    The ancient symbol, which dates back to the
    Crusades, and was first awarded as a medal
    in 1813.

    The medal was pinned on the uniforms of four
    soldiers who dragged wounded comrades and
    childern from the site of a suicide attack
    in Afghanistan last October 2009.


    The new medal is not the Black and Silver
    Cross of World War I or World War II, it is
    Gold in color w/ the National Colors of the
    ribbon in Gold, Red and Black.
  6. Bill says:
    21 May 2012 05:49:06 PM

    German novelist Erich Maria Remarque fought
    on the Western Front during WWI, and was wounded five times.
    His book "All Quiet On The Western Front" is based on his experiences. The novel first appeared in 1928 in the German newspaper
    Vossissche Zeitung, with a published book in 1929 and English translation in 1930.

    Within 18 months of its 1929 publication it sold Two Million Five Hundred Thousand Copies (2,500,000), and was published in 25 Languages. The book was later made into a movie in 1930.


    The movie "All Quiet On The Western Front"
    started filming at 11:00am November 11, 1929
    that was eleven years to the day, that WWI ended.
    More than 2,000 extras were used in the film to play German and French soldiers many of
    were World War I Veterans.
    Both German and French Veterans were hired, to make sure of the authenticity of uniforms and equipment. Due to its anti-war message,
    Adolf Hitler and the Nazis banned the film in Germany, However during its brief run in German cinemas in the early 1930s, the Nazis disrupted the film, by releasing rats in the theaters...
    Today "All Quiet On The Western Front" is part of the Library of Congress best 100 films of the 20th Century.

    German Soldier: Paul Baumer

    You still think its beautiful to die for your Country. The first bombardment taught us better. When it comes to dying for your Country, its better not to die at all...

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