00010489.GIF Secret Intelligence Report on Information obtained from high-ranking German officer, captured early Spring, 1942. This officer was much impressed with Hitler's voice but was thoroughly annoyed with his habit of making tirades in front of busy people who wanted to discuss special matters. His Army headquarters call these exhibitions "tirades" and make special arrangements for them in budgeting their time. The real problem was how to push things through with hitler. Blomberg was unable to do it. Informant says, "It is one of Hitler's drawbacks as it is of all such colossal personalities that they stifle everyone around them." Hitler works until three or four o'clock in the morning, and then sleeps late into the day. Ordinarily he can never be seen before eleven. He also reports that Hitler has not been quite fair with his Army generals considering what they have to put up with. The Air Force generals have had an easy time in comparison with the others. He feels that if Germany loses the war, the final responsibility for the mistake will be Hitler's. Everybody else merely carries out his orders. All the power is concentrated in Hitler himself. Likewise, if Germany wins, the credit for the victory will belong entirely to Hitler. It is, however, nonsense to suppose that the Fuehrer plans his military campaigns down to the last detail. The Bulgarian situation, for example, was a surprise in the spring of 1941 and consequently Bulgaria had to be occupied rather unexpectedly. At the same time, the Serbian campaign had to be carried out on the spur of the moment. The Fuehrer appears to have a special power of personal magnetism over his immediate entourage as well as over the masses in general. His most outstanding characteristic from a physical point of view is the shape of his hands. These, he says, are artistic and illustrative. Hitler walks with an elastic step and is always nicely dressed. He never wears any other decoration besides the Iron Cross and does not feel the need of them the way Goering does. There is nothing of the 'little man' about him at all. He is very careful about his food and all his vegetables are steamed and not boiled. He is always nibbling away at something such as nuts, sugar, or chocolate and always keeps a supply of these on his desk.
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