aaawall91 wrote:He was one of there most brave and decorated (if I'm not mistaken) soldiers from WWI without even fighting, he was brave in his actions, and for that little bit alone he should remain a German. His atrocities no matter how inhuman can not just erase what he did good for them. Gah why are the following this new ideal of the U.S. to regret our past.
True, he was considered brave in WWI by his superiors, but he was far from the most decorated - he won the Iron Cross 1st and 2nd class, and the Wound Badge and that's about it.
Another little known little known fact is that he was in fact a draft dodger in his home country of Austria as he did not want to fight for Austria. When German authorities informed him there was a warrant for his arrest, he returned to Austria on his own and reported to the military where he was declared physically unfit for military duty - the Austrians didn't want him after all. When war did break out, Hitler hurried to apply for the German army as he wanted to fight for Germany. He was a member of the 16th Bavarian Infantry Regiment.