Originally Posted by itwasntme
I'm happy for your revelation. He was highly deranged, and also a vicious, racist, callous piece of work, beyond that.
Millions upon millions of men and women served in WW1, Hitler included. That he served as a professional soldier in that conflict, would support his once having been in the "warrior" class. (Whether being a "warrior" is automatically a good thing, would be a key discussion to follow).
After serving 5 years for treason, for an attempted coup, he (using intimidation) gained a slim majority in that national vote, and ascended to power. He then moved to assume full and complete powers over the populace.
During the "Night of the Long Knives" (Auf Englisch), he had (much of) the leadership of his own goons murdered. Anyone who he thought might pose a future threat to his absolute control. This on his own "actual" people (his violent cohorts and underlings).
Like many powermongers, he used the rhetoric of socialism, and was gifted in the use of populist themes, to motivate people. He didn't want that taken too seriously, as he planned to ramp up the war machine at the expense of the "workers". Offing his sub-leadership helped in that regard (to his mind).
The sum of his life reveals no "warrior". A pathetic coward to (purportedly) married his gf, shot himself, with her to poison herself in an underground bunker as the capital of his assumed country burned from the retaliatory invasion.
Bitter and deluded to the end, he blamed international jewry for the entire mess, and offed himself, having his now-wife do the same as kids and old men, conscripted into service, died fighting the Russian juggernaut. Europe, North Africa, and other places in tatters, and the round he fired, was at himself. No warrior there.
Many of his generals etc were "removed" from service (and this mortal coil) during the conflict (over failure or suspicion), so any warrior he had in him, was gone as he delved into politics. He was as paranoid, vindictive, and brutal to his own leadership structure, as he was to Germans, and the world at large.
During the course of the war, Hitler executed 84 German generals, and another 135 generals were killed in action.
By contrast, the US executed none. Not one. All things are not equal in war. The torture crowd ignores that to say "hey we're better", it behooves one to actually
act better. If we're having a modern discussion on warriors, it is
Nearly 1,100 U.S. Army generals served at some point during World War II, and of those about 40 died during or immediately following the war. Not all were in combat units, and some were not in enemy territory when they died.
Of these generals, at least 11 were killed in action or died of wounds from hostile actions, two were executed by the Japanese while POWs, four were killed in plane crashes, one was killed by friendly fire, and five died of natural causes, including two of heart attacks. The remainder died of various causes in the first few months after the end of hostilities.