Sunday, November 3, 2013

January 1917: Military Conference

Field Marshal Paul von Hindenburg, Kaiser Wilhelm II and General Erich Ludendorff confer in January 1917.

Hindenburg and Ludendorff were at each other’s throats from 1916 onward—and they continued to battle, mercilessly, until Hindenburg’s death in 1934 (Ludendorff died in 1937).

During the war, they argued about military operations and domestic wartime policy.

After the war, they argued about who should receive credit for wartime military victories and who should receive blame for wartime military losses—as well as which of the two was more responsible for the final war settlement so disastrous for Germany.

During The Weimar Republic, both were important politicians with important power bases. Both were inherent conservatives, yet both men diverged on all important issues of the day.

Their personal grudge was to outlast The Weimar Republic and continue into The Period Of National Socialism, a period during which Adolf Hitler learned to play both men like violins.

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