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    Quote Originally Posted by steve_bank View Post
    He saw combat in WWII and received a medal for bravery as a communications runner.

    Goebbels was important as head of propaganda. Obviously no one does what he did without allies and support. In the Night Of The Long Knives he got rid of any aly that could be a threat.

    In the past I found translations of WWII Nazi documents. One was a record of meeting with Hitler disusing a meeting between Molotov the Russian foreign minister and the Germans foreign minister before Barbarossa.

    Cleary Hitler was articulating policy and was in control of the situation with Russia. He played Molotov and Stalin expertly. Even as troops massed on the border Stalin dismissed Allied intelligence warnings as fake.
    He was a rear echelon soldier, attached to a headquarters as a dispatch runner. Such were often favorites among the officers and hence more likely to be decorated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Horatio Parker View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by steve_bank View Post
    He saw combat in WWII and received a medal for bravery as a communications runner.

    Goebbels was important as head of propaganda. Obviously no one does what he did without allies and support. In the Night Of The Long Knives he got rid of any aly that could be a threat.

    In the past I found translations of WWII Nazi documents. One was a record of meeting with Hitler disusing a meeting between Molotov the Russian foreign minister and the Germans foreign minister before Barbarossa.

    Cleary Hitler was articulating policy and was in control of the situation with Russia. He played Molotov and Stalin expertly. Even as troops massed on the border Stalin dismissed Allied intelligence warnings as fake.
    He was a rear echelon soldier, attached to a headquarters as a dispatch runner. Such were often favorites among the officers and hence more likely to be decorated.
    Yes, and his officer was Jewish. He ended up getting exempted from deportation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve_bank View Post
    He saw combat in WWII and received a medal for bravery as a communications runner. ...
    Do you mean World War I? In WWII, he stayed behind the scenes the whole time, just like every other high-level military and political leader after communications got good enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lpetrich View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by steve_bank View Post
    He saw combat in WWII and received a medal for bravery as a communications runner. ...
    Do you mean World War I? In WWII, he stayed behind the scenes the whole time, just like every other high-level military and political leader after communications got good enough.
    He had 3 or 4 forward command centers. He also had a train. If you look on a map the distances are not that large.

    The attempted bombing of Hitler occurred at a Polish command center.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolf%27s_Lair

    Wolf's Lair (German: Wolfsschanze; Polish: Wilczy Szaniec) was Adolf Hitler's first Eastern Front military headquarters in World War II.[1] The complex, which became one of several Führerhauptquartiere (Führer Headquarters) in various parts of Eastern Europe, was built for the start of Operation Barbarossa – the invasion of the Soviet Union – in 1941. It was constructed by Organisation Todt

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    Quote Originally Posted by T.G.G. Moogly View Post
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    He [Hitler] used meth regularly, as did many of his lieutenants. Drug use was a gigantic part of the Nazi success, and an indispensable part of Hitler's personal success.
    Actually there was a very interesting show on PBS last night called "World War Speed". About the use of Pervitin by the Nazi air force, navy, and army and subsequent deployment of Benzadrine by the British and Americans. Millions of pills were issued by Eisenhower prior to D-Day. For the Battle of El-Amain Monty issued huge doses. The Germans started having second thoughts later in the war and cut back on their use. It tended to cause soldiers to take unnecessary risks that resulted in high casualty rates.

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