00011366.gif HITLER 12-10-41 The following is a description of the General Headquarters of Hitler as related by an aide of Horthy of Hungary on a recent visit to Hitler: From his special train, Hitler directs operations personally, devoting to them his undivided attention and taking the most scrupulous care over details. From this train he has 'conducted' the campaigns in Poland, Belgium, the low Countries, Luxembourg, Denmark, Norway, Greece and Yugoslavia. Still in the same train, the Chancellor is today issuing his orders to the entire Russian front, which extends for thousands of kilometers. Adolph Hitler has spent years in his G.H.Q. which with its military offices and modern installations constitutes the 00011367.gif page 2 most highly perfected caravan - if I may so term it - in the world. News from all parts converges and is assembled there; it is there that decisions are reached and all plans concerning the war are drawn up; to that point all reports, whether of major or minor importance, are directed; troop advances or retreats, however small the units, movements and action of submarines and aircraft and details of the gigantic, almost inconceivable, organization for supplying the armies - a titanic task, organized with clockwork precision. It will not surprise anybody to hear that this G.H.Q. is carefully concealed in the woods, in the laces where it cannot be detected by enemy 'planes. It is known, however, that at whatever sector of the front it happens to be, a larger number of anti-aircraft guns are placed 00011368.gif page 3 together with an extra heavy reinforcement of military pickets. In the middle of the encampment is the Fuehrer's coach, and around him are the various offices, which can be dismantled in a few minutes: cars, autocars and caterpillar-cars complete the circle. The geographical and topographical maps on which the development of operations in the East are noted hour by hour are situated in a separate tent called "the eastern tent." In the tent set aside for the "west" are the geographical plans relating to operations against England. Among the various cars at the Headquarters is that of Herr Dietrich, head of the Reich press; beside the radio coaches are placed those for wireless telegraphy. There a stupendous 00011369.gif page 4 wireless station in the world whose wave-length is not picked up by these installations, are equipped with all the latest improvements. The men in charge of these posts work day and night. The Fuehrer is therefore kept informed of all that is happening in the Reich and all over the world, hour by hour, minute by minute, and if he does not go mad it is because he is a genius, a phenomenon of nature - which indeed is tantamount to being mad. Hitler generally spends the greater part of his day in the so-called 'eastern tent.' With his marshals he studies developments in the military situation with minute attention. It is doubtless in this tent that the ideas and plans which surprise the enemy are conceived. I would even venture to say that it is there that modern strategy is evolved. And those in the 00011370.gif page 5 Fuehrer's immediate circle do not conceal or dispute the fact that every plan which has determined the German victories has been his work. His is the spirit which guides this formidable war machine, the greatest of all time. From this G.H.Q. he also directs the Reich's internal affairs. The Ministers, the Party Chiefs, Goebbels and von Ribbentrop, visit the Chancellor 'somewhere on the eastern front.' He nearly always travels by plane. He has at his disposal an enormous 'FOKKER WULF' and a tiny "JUNKERS 52' of the type used by the air force. He uses one or other of these machines as a rule when visiting the various sectors of the front. The sheds of the G.H.Q. also contain a third machine which is capable of landing on any sort of ground. Furthermore he has at his disposal a very high-powered gray car in which 00011371.gif page 6 he visits the combatant forces and a smaller runabout called an "[unreadable name]" He eats the same food as his soldiers and sometimes takes his meals in the military canteen. People who have had the opportunity of seeing him at close quarters say that during these two years of war his appearance has not changed. The lines on his rather pale face have perhaps deepened a little but he still keeps his good humor and perfect health. His hair is beginning to go gray at the temples, but his step has not lost its elesticity [sic], and he holds himself very erect.
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