Hitler's First War: Adolf Hitler, the Men of the List Regiment, and the First World War

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Hitler claimed that his years as a soldier in the First World War were the most formative years of his life. But the true story of Hitler's time as a soldier on the Western Front has, remarkably, remained a blank spot-until now.

Hitler's First War investigates for the first time what really happened to Private Hitler during the First World War-and reveals a man very different from the one portrayed in his own self-mythologizing account in Mein ...

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Overview

Hitler claimed that his years as a soldier in the First World War were the most formative years of his life. But the true story of Hitler's time as a soldier on the Western Front has, remarkably, remained a blank spot-until now.

Hitler's First War investigates for the first time what really happened to Private Hitler during the First World War-and reveals a man very different from the one portrayed in his own self-mythologizing account in Mein Kampf.

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Weber (modern European, international & global political history, Univ. of Aberdeen, Scotland) challenges Hitler's claim, mostly expressed in Mein Kampf (1924) and generally accepted by later historians, that his experiences in World War I shaped both his ideology and subsequent Nazi policy. While little specific information about Hitler's wartime experiences is available, it is possible to reconstruct the history of his unit, the List Regiment, in some detail. Weber by necessity focuses on the men who served with Hitler, but he uses their experiences to assess the impact of the war on the postwar radicalization of German soldiers. His conclusion: it radicalized relatively few soldiers of the List Regiment, and Hitler's postwar claims about his wartime service are largely false. Weber is strongest in re-creating the actual experiences of List Regiment members and in challenging some of the conventional wisdom about the war's long-term impact. His argument that Hitler did not develop his radical ideas until after the war is less convincing, however, as the fact that Hitler's comrades were not radicalized en masse does not necessarily prove that Hitler fit into the same mold. VERDICT Recommended for all general and specialist readers seeking further study of Hitler.—Frederic Krome, Univ. of Cincinnati Clermont Coll., OH
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"The authoritative volume, will remain so for a long time to come--if not for good--and is simply not to be missed! This is the best book on Hitler in many years." --he Military Advisor

"A tour de force of scholarly research, an oft-noted, but dimly documented, chapter in Adolf Hitler's career.... An edifice worth regarding with some attention, because the implications are so vast." -- History News Network

"A well-researched exploration, raising some interesting questions about Hitler's beliefs and attitudes during the First World War." --Sir Ian Kershaw

"Fascinating from start to finish, Weber's painstaking research and lively writing style are bound to make this a seminal work, one as informative as it is engaging." - The Canada Post

"A superb new work of history" - Commentary

"The title of this book is accurate and comprehensive, but gives no idea of the scope and importance of its contents... formidably impressive." - Times Literary Supplement

"An enterprising and thoughful new study based on skilful research in the archives and elsewhere... Weber's discoveries have enabled him to write a very informative and readable new analysis." - The Spectator (UK)

"Groundbreaking and minutely detailed study." - Military Times (UK)

"A triumph of original research... fundamentally alters our understanding of one of the most studied figures of the 20th century." - Wall Street Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199233205
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/15/2010
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Weber is Lecturer in Modern European, International, and Global Political History at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. His first book, The Lodz Ghetto Album, won the Infinity Award of the International Center of Photography and the Golden Light Award. His second book, Our Friend "The Enemy", won the Duc d'Arenberg History Prize.

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Table of Contents

List of Plates

Abbreviations

Prelude 1

PART I

1 A Crowd in Odeonsplatz: 1 August---20 October 1914 11

2 Baptism of Fire: 21 October---Early November 1914 28

3 Two Tales of One Christmas: Early November 1914-31 December 1914 51

4 Dreams of a New World: 1 January---May 1915 68

5 Of Front-Line Soldiers and áRear Area Pigs': May 1915-31 December 1915 91

6 Occupation: January---July 1916 122

7 Collapse: July---October 1916 145

8 In the Shadow of the Somme: October 1916-31 July 1917 160

9 Blinded: August 1917-11 November 1918 199

PART II

10 Revolution: 11 November 1918---Early 1919 227

11 Hitler's Kampf against the List Veterans: Early 1919-1933 255

12 Private Hitler's Reich: 1933-1939 288

13 Hitler's Second War: 1939-1945 315

Epilogue 340

Postscript: Hugo Gutmann's Story 348

Notes 354

Bibliography 413

Index 435

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2014

    Poor book with an axe to grind

    Too many conclusion based on too few facts, obviously the author wanted to prove Hitler was a worse bastard than we already assumed. Too much time wasted on proving the authors pet viewpoints. Even worse, the pictures referenced throughout the book were not included in this electronic book. A complete waste of time and money.

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