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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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