ROAD TO WAR -
|The Man with the “Funny Little Moustache".
|As British high-explosive shells rained down on the
German trenches during the “Battle of the Somme” on
7th October 1916, which continued since 1st July, German soldiers
cowered in fear in their dugouts far below in the bowels of the
earth in relative safety as the bombardment of screaming shells
exploded decimating the earth above their heads.
It would become a day of success for the Germans, a day of horror
for the British, and a very lucky day for one German soldier.
When the barrage finally stopped, the German soldiers knew as in
previous battles that the enemy would soon advance on them, even
if a rolling barrage was in action. They rose from their earthly
tombs, climbed the steep stairs and rose into to the bright sunlight
of that day.
The German High Command Officers, some miles behind the front lines
realized that the British barrage had completely decimated the lines
of communication were desperate to find out how the battle was progressing,
so a company runner was called and ordered to run the message from
the front line back to the German Headquarters command post. His
strict orders were of the utmost importance and he would be held
responsible for failure to comply.
A runner was found and given the urgent information to deliver,
to avoid being hit by the fire that was raking through his fellow
men he jumped up over the trench and headed for the rear support
trenches hundreds of yards to the rear, on this special errand.
He remained unscathed by the machine-gun fire for a short time,
but was suddenly hit and fell wounded in the mud.
Little did this soldier of the
16th Bavarian Reserve Infantry Regiment realize that the company
runner of the same regiment was lying in the mud next to him and
had been severely wounded three times, knowing it was the runners
duty to get these highly important messages to the command post
urgently he staggered to his feet, picked up the man and carried
him over his shoulder to the nearest first aid station, where
he was swiftly attended to by the hospital staff and doctors.
That day was 7th October 1916, would become a day of infamy and
eventual resentment for all of mankind as the years passed, for
if the rescuer had left the company runner to his fate and been
left to die in the mud, then no one would have been any the wiser
or even had known of his demise, he would have been buried with
the thousands of others killed on that day and buried in a German
grave, somewhere on the Western Front. Many visitors in later
years who passed along the row upon row of graves would never
have given any thought to the soldier buried there, or even to
his name etched on the gravestone, they would pass along and soon
forget, as they were looking for their lost sons or Fathers grave.
The world could then have continued in another phase of diplomacy
for their now longed for World Peace, in allowing such destruction
and death to mankind to never happen again, and mankind would
not have to suffer the terror, horror, and the complete devastation
and destruction that the millions had been killed for… had
he been left to die…!
The surgeons at the hospital revived the little company runner
from near death back to life, he made a good recovery and went
on again to fight for the German Imperial Army, he was then promoted
to Lance Corporal.
During his earlier campaigns he was awarded the Iron Cross, Second
This little man eventually fought in the “Battle of Arras”
and was awarded the Iron Cross, First Class a very distinguished
award. He was later gassed in the last offensives during 1918,
but fully recovered. He would continue in his battle for the Fatherland
until the end of “The Great War”.
The name of this man’s rescuer is unknown, he may have been
killed in a later battle and he like the millions of others who
fought and died would become lost in the passing of time, only
to find his resting place in some foreign field, or he may have
returned home to live out his days.
It may be stated, that he the rescuer, never realized that the
little man who he saved on that day in October 1916, would in
such a few short years rise to power, and bring the world again
to the edge of the abyss in a far more horrific, devastating,
and barbaric World War that mankind could ever imagine.
Also, perhaps the brave rescuer of this little man didn’t
know the name of the man he had bravely rescued under gunfire,
only one thing is assured and most certain that the world would
soon come to hear, acknowledge and fear this man with the funny
little moustache, for his name was…Adolf Hitler…!
Adolph Hitler with fellow soldiers
during WW1…bottom extreme left.
|This odd character of a man with the “Funny
Little Moustache” would soon rise from a poverty stricken
life as a down and out painter and odd job man in Vienna, disliked
by most, detested by others.
He and his evil henchmen, some who fought in - The First World War
- would join him in wholehearted support in the years to come following
WW1, he would possess the power to rule his “Nazi Empire”
with a rod of iron, try to dominate the world with Fascism and his
own personal beliefs .
His evil influence had no rules or regulations, he would try to
encompass all the nations of the earth…under his complete
control, by ushering in the most destructive, evil, horrific, brutal,
devastating war that mankind has ever witnessed on this planet since
man’s beginning … The Second World War…!!!