The Little Drummer Boy – Introduction

The Little Drummer Boy Book , standing
The Little Drummer Boy

THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY begins with a Preface and Introduction to the historical relevance of Adolf Hitler before moving to a four-chapter survey of European Imperialism – from Caesar to Bismarck – before switching to  the childhood and adolescence of Adolf Hitler in Austria.

We meet the young man relocating to Munich in May 1913 before his voluntary report to serve as Private First Class at the Western Front in the Great War of 1914.

The central part of the book are a five chapter analysis of the diplomatical tomfoolery that lead to the subsequent catastrophe and an eleven chapter synopsis of the First World War in the European Theatre, including a chapter on the bloody Russian Civil War of 1917 – 1924.

We run into Adolf Hitler again on the eve of the Revolution in November 1918, which abolishes the German monarchy and establishes the first Republic. After the short-lived experiment of the Bavarian Soviet Republic in the spring of 1919, Hitler remains in the army as an agent for the shady Major Karl Mayr,  head of Bavaria´s military intelligence unit.

In the fall of 1919 Hitler takes part in a meeting of a small political party which has about fifty members and calls itself “Deutsche Arbeiter Partei” (‘German Workers’ Party’, DAP). Despite the grim socialist label, the party is a right-wing, authoritarian and nationalist  accumulation of petty bourgeois who suffer from the want of new ideas or popular orators while congregating in smoke-filled Munich beer taverns.

Adolf Hitler eventually joins the small club, of which he subsequently becomes chairman in 1921. Through his organisational talents and popular, adrenaline-filled sermons, the party gains attraction and the legend of the “Führer” is born. Two years later, by November 8-9, 1923 he has enlarged the party to membership numbers approaching 20.000 in Munich alone and attempts to grab power in Germany …

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