Skip to comments.What REALLY irked Adolf Hitler about Ike: No, not the fact that Eisenhower was Supreme Commander
Posted on 09/12/2019 4:16:55 PM PDT by max americana
"This bizarrely conflicted view was even more pronounced in Hitlers attitude towards the U.S. In World War I, Corporal Hitler had been given two captured American soldiers to escort back to his brigade HQ and he was appalled by the fact that the pair were of German descent.
From that moment on, Hitler was transfixed by the notion that the best of Germans had emigrated to the U.S. (attracted by the potential for self-realisation in its vastness) and that Germany should prove itself to be a mighty state that would persuade its children to return.
Hitler would constantly complain that American soil had been fertilised by Germans and that his historical mission was to reverse that process.
Simms points out: In the late 1930s, he briefly experimented with a really quite grotesque plan for an international exchange of German-Americans for German Jews.
As Simms writes: The Fuhrer was aware that the supreme command of the Allied Expeditionary Force had been given to Dwight Eisenhower, descended from the Eisenhauers . . . who left the Saarland for Pennsylvania.
Then there was General Clarence Huebner, General Walter Lauer, General Donald Stroh, General Paul Baade and General Bertram Hoffmeister all from German emigrant families, leading the pulverisation of Hitlers regime.
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It is certainly true that the awesome German Jews who left Germany were in many respects responsible for the creation of the atom bomb.
That would mean Hitler had the left over Germans, some of whom had been killed in WW1. That left him fewer leftover Germans to fight WW2.
I read that the Wisconsin National Guard was mobilized fought in World War I, and they were German speaking troops. The U.S. Army had German speaking soldiers in the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and in World War I.
LOL yes, that’s a good angle..
I remember that Churchill had a military advisor who he described as a hard headed Ulsterman. Churchill often disagreed with him but still valued his advice.
I know Eisenhower was a career Army man but he had no combat experience. He was a good administrator but I wonder if he had an advisor.
In the book Eisenhower, Ike actually took a few moments when his subordinate said “one more step and you will be in Germany, General” after Normandie. According to the book, his father told him to say a prayer once you come back to the homeland because generations of Eisenhower came from there..
In later years...Norman Schwartzkopf. Germans are genetically warriors although Merkel temporarily has their walnuts in her purse.
My favorite historical topic is the Second World War. The permutations and probabilities of this horrific and titanic, never before or since eclipsed struggle beggar belief, and are both endlessly fascinating and horrifying.
Hitlers had a near schizophrenic image of America: America and Amerika. Hitler would maniacally denounce the United States as feeble, decadent nation while simultaneously referring to it as an industrial colossus worthy of imitation. Or he would belittle America in the vilest terms while at the same time looking at the latest photos from the United States, watching American films, and amusing himself with Mickey Mouse cartoons.
America was a place that Hitler admiredfor the can-do spirit of the American people, which he attributed to their Nordic bloodand enviedfor its enormous territorial size, abundant resources, and political power. He saw that the largest single ethnic group in the US was people of Germanic descent, and in his Aryan addled Darwinistic viewpoint, that very Germanic blood was comprised of the very best ethnic stock, German pioneers who were adventurous and daring enough to leave their country and forge a new destiny in a foreign nation that did not have a Bismarckian welfare state. I think that he saw this reality as an added threat from the US for his visions of world hegemony, even as he sought ways to harness this genetic/ethnic Volksdeutche resource toward German victory.
Given the proliferation of German descended command leadership (Nimitz, Eisenhower, King, Spaatz, Eaker, Arnold, Eichelburger, and the lists of awardees of the Medal of Honor of German descent), his fears were largely realized. .
Amerika, however, was to Hitler a mongrel nation, grown too rich too soon and governed by a capitalist elite with strong ties to the Jews, and infected with a mongrelized culture.
A nation with an international and mercantile trading foundation must be able to project power in order to protect those interests. We are not going to renounce international trade routes and commerce for isolationism.
One more thing, the western allies only had to face about 20% of the German Army in the West. I shudder to think what the casualty lists would have looked like if the US had to face just 50% of it. My father fought on the Gothic Line in Italy. Witness the slaughter of US troops at Kasserine, Salerno, the Rapido River, Anzio and Cisterna, the Gustav line, Omaha Beach, the Normandy hedgerows, the Huertgen Forest, the massacre of heavy bomber crews in the fight for air supremacy over the Reich, and the 1944 Ardennes offensive.
I do not think that I would be alive were it not for the Eastern front, where almost 80% of the German Army was engaged with the Soviets.
I have a photo of a Wisconsin national guard unit which was the core of the 208th Engineer Combat Battalion. The photo was taken a few days after Pearl Harbor.
They were dressed in civilian clothes and all White. By the time Daddy was drafted, it was soldiers from all over the country.
Yes they are. Germanic tribes always gave the Romans problems and I think the warrior blood line ended after WW2. Serves them right for starting THEN losing 2 world wars.
... and Admiral Chester Nimitz...
Historical revisionism at its finest, I suspect...
Fleet Admiral Nimitz, Fleet Admiral Halsey, Admiral Spruance, Fleet Admiral King, Lieutenant General Lloyd Fredendall, General Carl Spaatz, and etc., etc...
Hitler pissed off because the awesome Germans left the fatherland for America.
Kind of like when after we beat the Russians to the moon, Von Braun was asked how we beat them to the moon when they were ahead of us to start with, Von Braun said, “Our Germans were better than their Germans.”
IKEA’s greatest mistake was allowing Monty to execute Market Garden, instead of directing him to seize the Scheldt Estuary. IMHO, if Antwerp had been opened, the European war would have ended in 1944.
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