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

Paperback | October 17, 2011

byThomas Weber

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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. However, for the six decades since his death in the ruins of Berlin, Hitler's time as a soldier on the Western Front has, remarkably, remained a blank spot. Until now, all that we knewabout Hitler's life in these years and the regiment in which he served came from his own account in Mein Kampf and the equally mythical accounts of his comrades. Hitler's First War for the first time looks at what really happened to Private Hitler and the men of the Bavarian List Regiment of which he was a member. It is a radical revision of the period of Hitler's life that is said to have made him. Looking at the stories of his fellow regimental veterans -an officer who became Hitler's personal adjutant in the 1930s but then offered himself to British intelligence, a soldier-turned-Concentration Camp Commander, Jewish veterans who fell victim to the Holocaust, and others who simply returned to their lives in Bavaria - Thomas Weber presents a PrivateHitler very different from the one portrayed in his own self-mythologizing account. Instead, we find a man who was shunned by the frontline soldiers of his regiment as a "rear area pig" and who was still unsure of his political ideology even at the end of the war in 1918. In looking at the post-war lives of Hitler's fellow veterans back in Bavaria, Thomas Weber also challenges the commonly accepted notion that the First World War was somehow a "seminal catastrophe" in twentieth century German history - and even questions just how deep-seated Nazi ideology really wasin its home state.Read Thomas Weber's comments on the OUPblog a href="http://blog.oup.com/2011/12/green-gables/"http://blog.oup.com/2011/12/green-gables//a

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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. However, for the six decades since his death in the ruins of Berlin, Hitler's time as a soldier on the Western Front has, remarkably, remained a blank spot. Until now, all that we knewabout Hitler's life in these years and the r...

Thomas Weber teaches European and international history at the University of Aberdeen. Since earning his DPhil from the University of Oxford, he has held fellowships or has taught at Harvard University, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago, and the University of Glasg...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.07 inPublished:October 17, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I1. A Crowd in Odeonsplatz2. Baptism of Fire3. Two Tales of One Christmas4. Dreams About a New World5. Of Frontline Soldiers and 'Rear Area Pigs'6. Occupation7. Collapse8. In the Shadow of the Somme9. BlindedPart II10. Revolution11. Hitler's Kampf against the List Veterans12. Private Hitler's Reich13. Hitler's Second WarEpiloguePostscript: Hugo Gutmann's StoryNotesBibliographyIndex

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"Fans of 20th-century history and specifically World War I will love this book" --Canadian Jewish News