American Army of Occupation
AMERICAN ARMY OF OCCUPATION, Saturday, Dec. 14.–Men in German military uniforms are not to be allowed within the American area of occupation after December 15 unless they are on duty and are provided with written permission of the American military authorities, according to a proclamation issued by Colonel J.C. Rhea, chairman of the American bridgehead commission.
Meetings for purposes of political discussion are prohibited unless sanctioned by the American military authorities.
The proclamation also orders that all civilians turn over to the proper authorities by December 15 all firearms in their possession. The proclamation says that prices of commodities shall be the same for the Americans as for the Germans. All goods must be sold at the usual prices.
Now let’s see what happened right afterwards, shall we? To Wit:
Intent on remaining in the army, having found real purpose to his life, Hitler is appointed to the Intelligence/Propaganda section where he undertakes political training. His activities involve making speeches to the troops advocating German nationalism and anti-Socialism, where he developed further his oratory skills.
He also acts as an army informer, spying on small political parties. He joins the German Workers’ Party, an extreme anti-communist, anti-Semitic right wing organization.
Hitler is discharged from the army. In the German Worker’s Party he undertakes responsibility for publicity and propaganda. He changes the party’s name to the National Socialist German Workers Party, (or Nazi for short) The party represents a combination of intense hatred for the politicians who they considered had dishonoured Germany by signing the Versailles Treaty and exploiting local grievances against a weak federal government.
Hitler challenges Anton Drexler to become leader of the Nazi party. After initial resistance, Drexler agrees and Hitler becomes the new leader of the party.
Along with other right wing factions and General Ludendorff he attempts to overthrow the Bavarian government with an armed uprising. The event became known as The Beer Hall Putsch. Hitler and 2000 Nazi’s march through Munich to the Beer Hall, to take over a meeting chaired by three of the most important individuals in Bavarian politics.
The following day, the Nazis march in the streets, the police open fire. Hitler escapes but is captured, tried for treason and serves 9 months in Landsberg prison. It was during his imprisonment that he began dictating his thoughts to Rudolf Hess, which emerged in the book Mein Kampf (my struggle). It is a mixture of autobiography, political ideology and an examination of the techniques of propaganda.
Hitler re-founds the Nazi party….