World War II

by Jacob Smith

Adolf Hitler

Most people you meet will describe Hitler as a terrible, insane, power-hungry general who wanted to rule the world. Which is partially true. Hitler was a very good leader, and made all major decisions regarding Germany's military. He never gave written orders, but instead gave them verbally, or let his close associate, Martin Bormann do it for him. Hitler had too much faith in his leadership, and believed until the very end that his leadership and his leadership alone could win the war. Clearly, that was not the case. Hitler committed suicide on April 30th, 1945, 10 days after his birthday on April 20th, 1889 in Berlin, Germany. As Hitler committed suicide, so did his wife, Eva, by taking cyanide.

After His Death

After Hitler's death, he and his wife were carried to the Reich Chancellery and burned in the garden due to Hitler's prior instructions. Later that afternoon, it was the Germans themselves to announce the death of Adolf Hitler. A normal radio broadcast in Germany had been interrupted abruptly. Sad funeral music was played, followed by the announcement of Hitler's (Der Fuhrer) death. Hitler died a noble death, defending the capital of the Reich. Many Germans mourned, but others celebrated. World War II ended on September 2, 1945, one day after it began, on September 1, 1939.
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