It was in this group that he found the perverted beliefs that were later to lead him in his control of the German government.
When the successful campaign against Poland failed to produce the desired peace accord with Britainhe ordered the army to prepare for an immediate offensive in the west. Bad weather made some of his reluctant generals postpone the western offensive.
This in turn led to two major changes in planning.
Hitler took a close personal interest in this daring operation. From this time onward his intervention in the detail of military operations grew steadily greater. This was a brilliant and startling success. The German armies reached the Channel ports which they had been unable to reach during World War I in 10 days.
Holland surrendered after 4 days and Belgium after 16 days. On June 10 Italy entered the war on the side of Germany. On June 22 Hitler signed a triumphant armistice with the French on the site of the Armistice of National Archives, Washington, D.
Hitler hoped that the British would negotiate an armistice. When this did not happen, he proceeded to plan the invasion of Britain, together with the elimination of British air power. Then Mussolini invaded Greecewhere the failures of the Italian armies made it necessary for German forces to come to their aid in the Balkans and North Africa.
Hitler immediately ordered his armies to subdue Yugoslavia. The campaigns in the Mediterranean theatre, although successful, were limited, compared to the invasion of Russia. Hitler would spare few forces from Operation Barbarossathe planned invasion of the Soviet Union.
The German army advanced swiftly into the Soviet Union, corralling almost three million Russian prisoners, but it failed to destroy its Russian opponent. Hitler became overbearing in his relations with his generals.
He disagreed with them about the object of the main attack, and he wasted time and strength by failing to concentrate on a single objective. From this moment on his entire strategy changed. He hoped and tried like his idol Frederick II the Great to break what he deemed was the unnatural coalition of his opponents by forcing one or the other of them to make peace.
Roosevelt did break up, but too late for Hitler. He also ordered the reorganization of the German economy on a full wartime basis.
In this policy changed from expulsion to extermination. The concentration camps created under the Nazi regime were thereby expanded to include extermination campssuch as Auschwitzand mobile extermination squads, the Einsatzgruppen.
Although Catholics, Poles, homosexuals, Roma Gypsiesand the handicapped were targeted for persecution, if not outright exterminationthe Jews of Germany, Poland, and the Soviet Union were by far the most numerous among the victims; in German-occupied Europe some six million Jews were killed during the war.Langer wrote in his book The Mind of Adolf Hitler that it was his theory that Hitler was himself one-quarter Jewish and the grandson of a Rothschild.
He wrote: He wrote: There is a great deal of confusion in studying Hitler's family tree. Hitler in World War I In the muddy, lice infested, smelly trenches of World War I, Adolf Hitler found a new home fighting for the German Fatherland.
After years of poverty, alone and uncertain, he now had a sense of belonging and purpose. When Hitler broke his pledge and took the rest of Czechoslovakia and then invaded Poland in , France and Great Britain declared war.
Hitler's forces invaded Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Holland, and Luxembourg, and defeated France within the first year of war.
There was, in short, very little in Germany that Hitler did not directly command or know about.
Thus, the majority, if not all, of Germany’s aggressive and genocidal actions during the Second World War may be directly linked to Hitler. Hitler was the influence behind the war effort - directly and inspiration-ally.
He devised the overall impetus and later took control of the strategy and in some cases the operational aspects of the war. Adolf Hitler’s death marked the defining ‘end’ of World War 2 for many people; as people across the world celebrated the end of Nazi dictatorship.
Very few people who are alive today are unaware of the actions of Adolf Hitler, his Nazi army, and the atrocities that took place during World War 2.