Kui kõva karjääri ta I ilmasõjas tegi on iseasi. Kuid kartmatu ja ustav sõdur oli ta küll.
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On 8/16/1914, he enrolled in 1st Coy, 16th Bavarian Reserve Infantry (aka the List Rgt). His service serial number was 148 (in the coy). He trained with the regiment in Oberwiessenfeld, Muncih & Lechfeld. He was considered to be a good soldier, tho a bit of an ass kisser to the brass. Of course he was a Meldeganger (dispatch runner). They went to the front on 10/21/1914 & into the battle for Lille. His coy marched into it on the evening of 10/23/1914. They bivo'd that night in the courtyard of the Old Bourse. They were there a couple days, then were off to the front proper. Right into the battle for the Wytschaete Messines Ridge during the Ypres campaign. IMO one of the most horrid battles fought in human history, and for the most part a pointless waste of human life. Anyways, only around 500 of 3000 or so of List Rgt survived to fight another day. Hitler survived unscathed apparently, except for a torn tunic. Onward the regiment went, eventually into the Somme. In early 10/1916, he was sitting in a dugout with a dozen or so other soldiers when the bunker took a direct hit. Four were KIA, 6 seriously WIA & Hitler took a shell splinter to the face. He stayed on the horse, as it were, and a few days later, on 10/7/1916, he was WIA for the second time while carrying dispatches near Bapaume during a period of extremely heavy barrages from the BritComm Royal Arty. This day he and one of his few close friends in the unit, a Ernst Schmidt, volunteered for a tough one. Schmidt made it through, and Hitler was WIA by a shell frag in the left thigh. He was evac'd to Germany on a hospital train three days or so later, & went to an Army hospital at Beelitz, near Berlin. It was considered a serious wound, but apparently it did a good job healing.
Roughly two months later he joined the Reserve Battalion of the 2nd Bavarian Infantry Regiment in Munich for light duty. He didn't like it there and wanted back in the war, so he rejoined List on 3/1/1917, which shortly became involved in the usual beta noir of WW1 soldiers...trench fighting. In the summer, it was back to Ypres. In the fall of 1917, they went for a couple months to rest area near Mulhouse in Alsace. Eventually, back to the line. In 3/1918 they fought at Montdidier against the French after being taken out of the Oise-Aisne area. Back to the war. On the evening of 10/13/1918, his coy was located near Werwick, south of Ypres. They were in trenches dug into a low level hill. Throughout the day, they'd taken heavy bombardment, and that evening, in came the gas shells. They thumped in til around midnight. Given the rather shoddy gas masks they had, the chlorine gas created many casualties. Around seven am the next day, he started back to the rear, suffering from the gas attack, and delivered his last dispatch to Bttn HQ. He was nearly blind, and within a couple days was at a hospital at Pasewalk, near Stettin, blind. Luckily for him, some doctors there had been studying chlorine gas, and he eventually regained sight. He was LUCKY AS HELL. Most chlorine gas victims were not so lucky. Hey left the hospital on 11/21/1918 & made his way to Munich, back to his regimental barracks. He and his friend Schmidt spent some time on a volunteer gig out guarding POWs at Traunstein on the Austrian frontier for awhile (I do not know the "technical" designation of this camp...anyone?). After the war he served a number of military functions. He worked as an instructor, an internal spy (sort of a Germanic SMERSH agent, only in reverse?)...etc.
He was highly decorated, though there is some debate as to the accuracy on some of them. To be expected. Ironically the reccomendation for his IK1 was from Lt Hugo Gutmann, a Jewish officer...the main reason he was a little shy on the specifics of his IK1 later on. Interestingly, Hitler was quite the dissenter towards Gutmann. Refused to salute him most of the time, often wouldn't respond to him...even got threatened with punishment on a number of occasions.