[Reading] ➯ Hitler's First War ➷ Thomas Weber – Rvtrek.info

This is one of the most interesting books that I have ever read about Adolf Hitler, and I have read a great many Not only does it successfully demolish a number of myths about this German private who served in World War 1 WW1 and then later destroyed so many innocent lives as well as most of Europe To summarise it would be difficult, but let me attempt to list some of the many things that I found fascinating in this superbly researched book by Thomas Weber.Hitler s bravery and activities in WW1 are examined minutely He was so insignificant a personality during the war that there were few records relating to such an unimportant figure in that terrible war Weber uses the records of, and the memoirs of those who belonged to, the Bavarian regiment, which Hitler joined in 1914, to explore effectively a number of points including Hitler s reputed bravery Many of Weber s sources antedate Hitler s accession to the German Chancellorship in 1933, and are therefore undistorted by the Nazi s manicuring of Hitler s military record After 1933, much was done to hide the truth about Hitler s real role during the struggle for the Western Front in France and Belgium For, it appears that Hi Concienzuda aproximaci n del papel de hitler durante la I Guerra Mundial que desmonta el mito de valiente correo que pon a su vida en peligro entre las trincheras, as como el impacto que tuvo en su radicalizaci n. I ve started reading this book in October 2011 but didn t finish it By now i forgot why it made me give up so I gave it a second chance.Let s see what bugged me to be continued Ok, third and final attempt If i fail this time, Thomas can shove his book in a tiny spot that rarely sees the sun.What s wrong with this book Is it too academically No Is the language style used by Weber too hard for a simple man like myself No.It s actually a well written, accessible, entertaining book.It s just that every few pages i get the impression that Weber is trying so hard to prove a point that it actually sounds like he s full of sh t.For example, if he claims that 50% of the jews in the regiment did this that and it turns out to be 3 guys out of 6 in a complete regiment,we ve got a credibility issue.In fact, every time he uses statistics to make a point, i have some serious doubts.The post war survey in Germany on sympathy for Hitler was based on the answers of some 700 people.On a population of a few million people, any conclusion dra Answered my questions about how those who served with him saw him No hero, never a corporal, just a private who refused the responsibility of promotion because he would have to lead on the front Most of his comrades saw him as a rear area pig running messages only BEHIND the lines Interesting how many of them became victims of the Nazi rise to power, if they d Perhaps No Individual In Modern History Has Received Intensive Study Than Adolf Hitler His Many Biographers Have Provided Countless Conflicting Interpretations Of His Dark Life, But Virtually All Agree On One Thing Hitler S Formative Experience Was His Service In World War I Unfortunately, Historians Have Found Little To Illuminate This Critical Period Until Now.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 Drawing On Deep And Imaginative Research, Weber Refutes The Story Crafted By Hitler Himself, And So Challenges The Historical Argument That The War Led Naturally To Nazism Contrary To Myth, The Regiment Consisted Largely Of Conscripts, Not Enthusiastic Volunteers Hitler Served With Scores Of Jews, Including Noted Artist Albert Weisberger, Who Proved Heroic, And Popular, Than The Future F Hrer Indeed, Weber Finds That The Men Shunned Private Hitler As A Rear Area Pig, And That Hitler Himself Was Still Unsure Of His Political Views When The War Ended In 1918 Through The Stories Of Such Comrades As A Soldier Turned Concentration Camp Commandant, Veterans Who Fell Victim To The Holocaust, An Officer Who Became Hitler S Personal Adjutant In The 1930s But Then Cooperated With British Intelligence, And The Veterans Who Simply Went Back To Their Bavarian Farms And Never Joined The Nazi Ranks, Weber Demonstrates How And Why Hitler Aggressively Policed The Myth Of His Wartime Experience.Underlying All Hitler Studies Is A Seemingly Unanswerable Question Was He Simply A Product Of His Times, Or An Anomaly Beyond All Calculation 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. This book presents an in depth account of how Hitler spent WWI, an account which is at odds with the way these 4 years have typically been portrayed Instead of being a fearless runner in no man s land and the horrible trenches, Hitler was often than not closer to headquarters and was despised for that fact by the men who did the actual running His Iron Crosses, 1st 2nd classes, were actually the result of patronage The author marshals convincing evidence that decorations were often given to staff and admin types than to those actually fighting this most stupid of all wars Hence, Hitler s ability to gain 2 awards without demonstrating any conspicuous bravery Hitler always said he found true comradeship for the first time in his life while in the List Regiment The author carefully debunks this myth with an examination of Hitler s relationships with his fellow soldiers He does not seem to have formed any real close friendships with the other men The lack of bonds is also shown by the way Hitler avoided reunions and his intimidating treatment of the members of the List Regiment when he came to power It has been a month since I finished the book, but, as I recall, only a few of them became committed Nazis, and none was in the top echelon of the party for the most part, these veterans were silenced if Christian If they were Jewish, they were in danger than other members of the List Regiment The irony of the last fact is that it was a Jewish officer who recommended Hitler Es una obra interesante en tanto en cuanto intenta cubrir una etapa de la vida de Hitler que l intent reescribir, borrando las huellas de su pasado y reconstruy ndolo desde la visi n fant stica del soldado que nunca existi.No porque no fuera soldado, que lo fue, ni que no hubiera estado en la guerra, que s estuvo Sino como los sue os de lo que quiso ser, degener en una pesadilla que le har a negar la realidad y visualizarla heroicamente La investigaci n del autor, le lleva a buscar registros y opiniones en art culos, libros, testimonios y un sinf n de cartas y diarios que muestras mil versiones distintas de vivencias diferentes Algunos mostrando relatos manifiestamente falsos, otros simplemente distorsionados por el tiempo o la circunstancia Esto hace que a veces el libro desconcierte con pronunciamentos que una vez elaborados son corregidos por otros aparentemente m s fidedignos Un puzzle de cientos de piezas que nunca terminan de encajar pero que finalmente muestran al soldad Weber pursues an interesting line of inquiry, specifically seeking to debunk the myth that Hitler s experience in WWI shaped his weltanshauung This notion arises from the fact that Hitler made brilliant use of a fawning media once he was in power and his propaganda sought to validate the often fanciful accounts of his war experiences as recounted in Mein Kampf By making the assumption that Hitler s close companions in the war who were of similar economic, social, and geographic backgrounds ought to have had been similarly affected and influenced by the war, Weber shows that, in fact, WWI was not nearly as transformative an experience as has been believed Men of the List Regiment did not, on the whole, turn into rabid anti Semitic nationalists and those who did acted years later out of opportunism.The book suffers, however, from swathes of This is a great addition to the biographical literature on Adolf Hitler that attempts to shed light on one of the least understood periods of his life, the First World War While this is commonly felt to have been one of the most formative periods of Hitler s life, the author makes a reasonably convincing case that most of what is claimed about the period is actually an invention of Nazi or anti Nazi propaganda I say reasonably convincing in that the record is so incomplete as to make any conclusive determinations problematic, but the author had integrated the writings, diaries, and histories of Hitler s brothers in arms some previously unexplored to make a very This is an interesting read, clearly carefully researched I am not normally a student of the Hitler story arc, and almost everything in here was news to me Goes pretty deeply into the future Fuhrer s experiences in the Great War the book almost tracks his war experiences day by day and how they did or did not shape his later policies This book needed a final copyedit, and at times I wished the author would back up his conclusions a little clearly I also wished for some definitions of the auth Hitler's First War


About the Author: Thomas Weber

Thomas Weber is a professor of history and international affairs at the University of Aberdeen Scotland The award winning author of several books, Weber divides his time between Aberdeen, Scotland and Toronto, Ontario CANADA.


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