This Space covers the details of the Third Reich and the Nazi party even before the seizure of power. The coming to power; end of the Great War and uprisings, formation of the party by Anton Drexler, Hitler’s ultimate takeover as Führer outmaneuvering Anton Drexler, the Beer Hall putsch. The seizure of power by Hitler and the Nazis; boycotting Jewish business, beating up communists and Jews, the Night of Long Knives or Röhm purge, occupation of the Rhineland, intensive rearmaments, economic autarky, annexation of Austria or the Anschluss, the Munich conference, annexation of the Sudetenland, annexation of Czechoslovakia, demands on the Danzig corridor, the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact. The Third Reich at war; invasion of Poland, killing of Polish ‘undesirable’ a.k.a Intelligenzaktion, occupation and invasion of Denmark and Norway, invasion of Benelux, the invasion of France and Fall of Paris, the Dunkirk evacuation, the Battle of Britain, protecting the southern flank (Yugoslavia, Greece, Crete), Rommel and North Africa, Operation Barbarossa, ‘war of annihilation’ in the east i.e. Vernichtungskrieg, the Wannsee conference, industrial murder of the Jews, Gypsies, Slavs i.e. the Holocaust, the armaments industry, Battle of Moscow, Battle of Stalingrad, Operation Bagration. End of the Third Reich; Battle of Berlin, Operation Clausewitz, Hitler commits suicide, Dönitz and the Flensburg government, capitulation and surrender, arrest of top Nazis for the Nuremberg trials, and Subsequent Nuremberg trials (conducted solely by the Americans in their occupational zone), execution of some Nazis, prison sentence and release in the Nuremberg Trials, in the subsequent Nuremberg Trials, some execution, but many releases not serving near their full term due to the cold war, Denazification.
In Pictures explaining the Third Reich and the Nazi Party from the beginning of its existence till the end:
Anton Drexler created the Nationalist Socialist Party in 1919 then known as the DAP (German Workers Party), the Party was founded in January, Hitler would join months later shortly following the end of the Bavarian Soviet republic when he was sent to check out the party.
This is an example of a membership card, in 1920 Febuary 1920, the German Workers Party (DAP) is officially named the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP)—(abbreviations make sense in German).
Hitler threatens to resign after a proposed merger with another party, fearing losing their influential party speaker whose rhetoric moved crowds—Hitler is granted dictatorial powers within the party, and Anton Drexler is purge, putting him in a honorary positon. (This picture was not taken in 1921, non exists, put it conveys the point).
The Flag of the Nationalist Socialist party is launched in January of 1922, Hitler creates the later famous Swastika. In this same year, the Great War flying ace Hermann Goering joins the party and helps in organizing the SA—some part oweing to his influence.
In 1923 hyperinflation hits Germany as they fail to met reparation payments to France, France in turn tries to occupy the Ruhr leading to resistance and Nationalist uprisings in the Ruhr. Hitler in Bavaria attempts the famous Beer Hall Putsch in November, attempting to overthrow the Bavarian government and use it as a base to conquer the whole of Germany—the Putsch with several Nazis and Police men shot, Hitler after fleeing and attempting suicide, surrenders to the Bavarian authorities, he was sentenced to five years imprisonment (honourary confinement) and would be released nine months later.
Ludendorff, Roehm, Hitler Frick et al. Taking a picture during their trial in March.
In July of 1925, the first volume of Mein Kampf is published .
Adolf Hitler and Goebbels to his right pose with party members in Hattingen, in this same year, the second version of Mein Kampf is published.
Goering after sustaining injuries and fleeing Germany to Austria and later Sweden returns to Germany under amnesty with several other ‘political criminals’, under the auspices of the Hindenburg amnesties. Goering using morphine (common painkiller) as a painkiller is not severely addicted to it.
Hitler takes a photo in Heinrich Hoffmann studio, in January 1928 wearing SA uniform.
Hitler greets SA troops in a rally in Nuremberg, front of him to his left is the famous Hermann Goering.
Reich Leaders’ Conference of the NSDAP in the main office in Schellingstrasse, Munich, 1930 the electorate of the Nazis had surged following the Great Depression.
In 1931, on January 1st—just as the new year would begin, the Brown House (Braunes Haus) opens and becomes the official Headquarters of the NSDAP at Brienner Straße 34 in Munichthe Brown House.
Adolf Hitler and Hermann Goering at Berlin’s Tempelhof airfield, 1932.
In 1933 Hitler is made Reichkanzler. Above is the first cabinet after Hitler became chancellor, mainly dominated by conservatives. Shown above from left to right, sitting: Hermann Göring, Reich Commissioner for Aviation and the Prussian Ministry of the Interior, Adolf Hitler, Reich Chancellor, Franz von Papen, Vice Chancellor standing: Franz Seldte, Labor Minister, Dr. Dr. Günther Gereke, Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk, Reich Finance Minister, Wilhelm Frick, Reich Minister of the Interior, Werner von Blomberg, Reich Defense Minister, Alfred Hugenberg, Economics and Food Minister.
The Potsdam memorial. Hitler organized events to woe Hindenburg. In this picture Hitler is seen bowing and greeting Hindenburg. In the background and behind them both is Goering (wearing the helmet).
Hitler at the automobile show in 1935.
Reichsautobahn work site near Berlin, April 1936 (Bundesarchiv). In this same year the Rhineland was remilitarized
1937: Adolf Hitler with architects Hermann Giesler and Albert Speer working on architectural plans in Bechstein house on the Obersalzberg.
Adolf Hitler in Austria shortly after the Anschluss, the Munich conference which granted Hitler permission to annex the Sudetenland would still hold later towards the end of the year
World War Two would commence in 1939, Warsaw among other cities would be immensely bombed by the Lufwaffe. Above is a picture of a German Heinkel He 111 plane bombing Warsaw, September 1939.
During the onslaught of Poland (whose defensive plan depended on an offensive from France) the French would conduct a limited offensive in the Saar, not what Poland was expecting as the days passed by.
(French troops in Lauterbach during the Saar offensive).
In an attempt to prevent Britain from cutting off Germany from Sweden (Germany was heavily depended on Swedish Iron-Ore) since Britain had bean mining Norwegian waters, Germany invaded Norway, on their way there they occupied Denmark. Thanks to the Luftwaffe Germany was able to stall a British counter-attack, the Royal Navy was superior to the Kreigsmarine.
German troops pass through a burning village in Norway.
(Edits will be made from time to time until it reaches 1945. Edits will also be made for typos)