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.
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 …