Hindenburg, Ludendorff and Hitler: Germany's Generals and the Rise of the Nazis

Hindenburg, Ludendorff and Hitler: Germany's Generals and the Rise of the Nazis

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Full title... Hindenburg, Ludendorff and Hitler: Germany's Generals and the Rise of the Nazis

At the time of writing Amazon have discounted this book by 30% from £25.84 down to £18.29 which I think makes this book incredible value.

My history education at school covered WW1, mainly in Europe, yet I had never heard of Ludendorff. This is yet another book that has added a few nuggets of knowledge to my education, and possibly one that has also helped me understand a little more of...

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"I foresee that this accursed man will lead our Reich into the abyss!"

Shame Weimar Germany didn't have a lottery really.
 
Full title... Hindenburg, Ludendorff and Hitler: Germany's Generals and the Rise of the Nazis

At the time of writing Amazon have discounted this book by 30% from £25.84 down to £18.29 which I think makes this book incredible value.

My history education at school covered WW1, mainly in Europe, yet I had never heard of Ludendorff. This is yet another book that has added a few nuggets of knowledge to my education, and possibly one that has also helped me understand a little more of...

Click here to read the full review.....
During WWI Hitler had served with distinction in the army, earning an Iron Cross. After the war he served in the Freicorp militia during the civil war / disturbances, against the communists attempting to take over Germany.

When things settled down, his former Freicorp commander gave Hitler a job as an undercover police agent. He was assigned to infiltrate the German Workers' Party (DAP) and report on them. They were a minor regional party full of ex-soldiers and the like who sat about the beer halls complaining to one another, but they needed keeping an eye on.

With security service help and financing, plus his own oratorical skills, Hitler was able to rise to the top and take control of the party. With some political mergers and re-branding it became the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP), or "Nazi" for short.

The above is known. Allegedly the security services then sold the traditionalist upper classes on the notion that the NSDAP could be used as a counter to both Bolshevism among the working class and socialism among the rest of society, especially as the security police had their man secretly in change at the top. I don't know if there was actually a clearly articulated plan for this or just a general understanding among the former rulers of Germany. The top echelons of society then fed more money and help to the NSDAP, who continued to rise.

At some point Hitler had grown powerful enough that he slipped out of control of those who saw themselves as his puppet masters. After he gained power his former security police control was arrested and flung in prison, and some years later during WWII, executed.


As to whether Hindenburg or Ludendorff were in on any of these plans, I have no idea. Perhaps it was discussed in the book. It is generally believed though that the traditional German ruling classes saw Hitler as a tool that could be used to maintain their control of society from behind the scenes. Hitler's plans to spend loads of money on the army also appealed to the land owning officer class, even if they despised Hitler personally (a feeling which was mutual).


A lot of what is commonly "known" about Hitler today suffers from two problems. One is that a lot of what most people believe about the era is rubbish. Another is that what people do know is tainted by hindsight. Given what was known at the time, Hitler no doubt looked like just another would be European dictator, something that the German upper classes would have been quite comfortable with.
 

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During WWI Hitler had served with distinction in the army, earning an Iron Cross. After the war he served in the Freicorp militia during the civil war / disturbances, against the communists attempting to take over Germany.

When things settled down, his former Freicorp commander gave Hitler a job as an undercover police agent. He was assigned to infiltrate the German Workers' Party (DAP) and report on them. They were a minor regional party full of ex-soldiers and the like who sat about the beer halls complaining to one another, but they needed keeping an eye on.

With security service help and financing, plus his own oratorical skills, Hitler was able to rise to the top and take control of the party. With some political mergers and re-branding it became the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP), or "Nazi" for short.

The above is known. Allegedly the security services then sold the traditionalist upper classes on the notion that the NSDAP could be used as a counter to both Bolshevism among the working class and socialism among the rest of society, especially as the security police had their man secretly in change at the top. I don't know if there was actually a clearly articulated plan for this or just a general understanding among the former rulers of Germany. The top echelons of society then fed more money and help to the NSDAP, who continued to rise.

At some point Hitler had grown powerful enough that he slipped out of control of those who saw themselves as his puppet masters. After he gained power his former security police control was arrested and flung in prison, and some years later during WWII, executed.


As to whether Hindenburg or Ludendorff were in on any of these plans, I have no idea. Perhaps it was discussed in the book. It is generally believed though that the traditional German ruling classes saw Hitler as a tool that could be used to maintain their control of society from behind the scenes. Hitler's plans to spend loads of money on the army also appealed to the land owning officer class, even if they despised Hitler personally (a feeling which was mutual).


A lot of what is commonly "known" about Hitler today suffers from two problems. One is that a lot of what most people believe about the era is rubbish. Another is that what people do know is tainted by hindsight. Given what was known at the time, Hitler no doubt looked like just another would be European dictator, something that the German upper classes would have been quite comfortable with.
I referred to a lot of tgat in my own reviews of 'Promise me you'll shoot yurself' and 'Savage Continent'.

Anyway it looks like rebbonk of RR has learned a lot and recommends this book.
 
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