Tag: Allies

The book they can’t put down

Despite nearly 100 years of vitriol, scorn and distortion, Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf (My Struggle) continues to be a worldwide bestseller. In fact, one worldwide survey disclosed that the Holy Bible was running second to the European social reformer’s self-assessment of his struggle to win mankind’s hearts and minds.

Adolf Hitler’s Proclamation to the Soldiers of the Western Front (10 May 1940)

The hour of the decisive battle for the future of the German nation has arrived. For three hundred years it has been the aim of the British and French rulers to obstruct every real consolidation of Europe and, above all, to hold Germany in weakness and impotency. For this purpose France alone has declared war on Germany thirty-one times in the course of two centuries.

The French Invasion of Germany

Trivial incidents of wars are often more important than the unfolding chain of events. For example:
“This raid on the night of May 11 1940, although in itself trivial, was an epoch-marking event since it was the first deliberate breach of the fundamental rule of civilised warfare that hostilities must only be waged against the enemy combatant forces.”