1939: Hitler celebrates his own army service

A young Hitler (farthest left at bottom row) posing with other German soldiers and their dog Fuchsl.
A young Hitler (farthest left at bottom row) posing with other German soldiers and their dog Fuchsl.

TODAY marks a rather curious anniversary, as it was  on this day in 1939 that Hitler celebrated the 25th anniversary of his entry into the German army as a volunteer.

Some of his old comrades in arms, as well as a delegation from the German armed forces, went to the Obersalzberg, Hitler’s Bavarian mountain retreat, to congratulate him.

Hitler joined the 6th Bavarian Reserve Infantry Regiment in Munich on August 16, 1914. He had moved to Munich, Germany, in May 1913.

In late 1918, Hitler was blinded in a mustard gas attack near Ypres. He was sent to the military hospital, where the news of the November 11, 1918, armistice reached him as he was recovering.

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