Did Hitler Really Commit Suicide?

Führerbunker

The best-known conspiracy theory is arguably the one that claims that Adolf Hitler did not commit suicide in his Führerbunker on April 30th 1945 (Nazi UFOs is actually an urban legend, not a conspiracy theory).

According to this theory, Hitler and his wife, Eva Braun, survived, escaped the city of Berlin and subsequently lived in hiding either in Europe (Germany, Switzerland, Spain, etc.) or in Latin America (e.g. Argentina).

Like many other conspiracy theories, this one is based on an indisputable fact that there is no physical evidence (i.e. confirmation by DNA analysis) that Hitler has, indeed, died in the abovementioned place on the abovementioned date.

A skull fragment with a bullet hole, found outside Hitler’s bunker and kept in Russia’s federal archives in Moscow, was for decades believed to be that of Hitler. However, in 2009, samples of the skull were DNA-tested at the University of Connecticut by archaeologist and bone specialist Nick Bellantoni and was found to be that of a woman aged under 40.

True, jawbone fragments and two dental bridges were found near the Führerbunker in early May of 1945. They were shown to Hitler’s dentist, Hugo Blaschke; dental assistant Käthe Heusermann; and longtime dental technician Fritz Echtmann, who confirmed the dental remains found were Hitler’s and Braun’s

However, every homicide detective knows that there is a serious problem with witnesses. They lie. Hence, the belief that these objects did, indeed, belong to Adolf Hitler and his wife is based on the words of two committed Nazis who had no love for the Allies and had no incentive to tell the truth.

Recently, a team of French pathologists was allowed to inspect a set of teeth kept in Moscow that were allegedly recovered in Berlin in the same place as the previous objects in early May 1945 — the first time that Russian authorities had allowed anyone to examine the remains in over 70 years.

The teeth matched descriptions provided by Hitler’s dentist and revealed no trace of meat — consistent with the fact that the Führer was vegetarian. Unfortunately, all that this study was able to prove is that the owner of the teeth in question has not consumed meat in a long time – a very common situation is starving 1945 Berlin.

Descriptions also mean little – you need X-rays at least and ultimately the DNA test (comparison with the DNA provided by relatives of Adolf Hitler). Which is the only incontrovertible evidence that the remains in question, indeed, belong to the individual in question.

The DNA test was never done so there is no physical evidence whatsoever that support the conclusion that Hitler and Eva Braun have committed suicide in Berlin on April 30th, 1945.

It appears that the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin was unimpressed with both the evidence and the witnesses’ statements, because until his very death he both privately and publicly stated his opinion that Hitler did not commit suicide, but escaped and was now living in hiding.

His opinion was first publicly announced by Marshall Georgy Zhukov at a press conference in Potsdam on June 9th, 1945 on direct orders from Soviet leader, Joseph Stalin.

It is also an indisputable historical fact that by the end of April, 1945, Alois Hudal and other priests and officials of the Holy Roman Catholic Church (of all organizations) have already established an efficient system of “Ratlines” – escape routes that allowed Nazis and other fascists to flee Europe and find sanctuary in Latin America, Australia, Canada and the Middle East.

However, there is enough circumstantial evidence that the “mainstream” theory is true and correct and Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun did, indeed, commit suicide in the Führerbunker on April 30th 1945.

First, although some witnesses do lie, too many witnesses produced too similar and too detailed accounts of Hitler’s suicide for them being just an elaborate lie intended to cover up Hitler’s escape from Berlin.

Second, by April 30th the Führerbunker area was so tightly encircled by the Red Army and the fighting was so intense that no one is known to have escaped the area (or Berlin for that matter). Everyone trying to do so was either killed or captured.

And given the fact that by that time Adolf Hitler was in such a bad health that it would have simply physically impossible to survive the escape attempt – even if had, indeed, attempted an escape.

Which he hadn’t – for two fundamental reasons. First, he did not have to because just two days earlier he had a perfect opportunity to escape by flying “the last plane from Berlin”.

In the evening of April 28th, 1945, a daredevil test pilot Hanna Reitsch took off in a two-seater Arado 96 aircraft from an improvised airstrip in the Tiergarten near the Brandenburg Gate taking with her Generalfeldmarschall Robert Ritter von Greim who has just been appointed commander-in-chief of Luftwaffe by Hitler.

Hanna Reitsch offered to take Hitler with her to fly him to safety, but he flatly refused saying that he will either win or died with his loyal soldiers in Berlin. His sense of honor (and, believe it or not, he had one) did not allow him to abandon and thus betray his troops.

But it was more than just a sense of military honor. Adolf Hitler deeply and sincerely believed in the reality of the existential “racial wars” and of the merciless Natural Law that governed them.

By April 30th, it was obvious to Adolf Hitler that the Nazi Germany has lost what he perceived an existential racial war and thus – according to the ruthless Natural Law – no longer deserve to live.

Which prompted him to issue the so-called “Nero Decree” ordering Albert Speer (the de-facto Chief Engineer of the Third Reich at that time) to destroy whatever was left of Germany. Speer predictable disobeyed this genuinely diabolical order.

According to the same unforgiving Natural Law Adolf Hitler – the Führer of the Nazi Germany and commander-in-chief of its Armed Forces – also did not deserve to live and thus had to commit suicide (“samurai-style”, only with a gun instead of a sword).

So at 04:00 (4 AM) on April 29th, Adolf Hitler signed two documents – his Political Testament and his personal Last Will and Testament. His personal will was officially witnessed by Martin Bormann and Colonel Nicolaus von Below – his Luftwaffe adjutant.

His political testament by Joseph Goebbels, Martin Bormann, General Wilhelm Burgdorf (Chief Adjutant to Adolf Hitler), and General Hans Krebs (Chief of Staff of the OKH – the German Army High Command). Subsequently all these witnesses except Colonel von Below (who lived to the ripe old age of 75) committed suicide on 1-2 May, 1945.

All this evidence is completely consistent with the “official” (“mainstream”) theory that Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun committed suicide in the Führerbunker on April 30th, 1945 and totally inconsistent with the “escape theory”.

Consequently, this evidence, though circumstantial, proves beyond the reasonable doubt that the mainstream theory is true and correct and the “escape theory” is pure fiction.

 

Tiger I – the First Main Battle Tank

Tiger

Although when it was deployed to Panzerwaffe units of Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS in 1942, Tiger I tank (PzKpfw VI Ausf. H) was classified a heavy tank, most modern main battle tanks essentially follow a very similar design – and definitely the designed principles pioneered by Tiger I with its focus on thick armor and a superior firepower.

Tiger I had a total weight of about 54 tons (typical weight of a modern main battle tank) and boasted 120mm frontal armor (penetrable by most Allied guns only at a very close range) and an extremely powerful 88mm KwK 36 gun – considered probably the best tank gun of World War II.

The KwK 36 was very accurate and high-powered, and its high muzzle velocity produced a very flat trajectory. This allowed its gunners a higher margin of error in estimating range and the sighting system of the gun resulted in excellent firing accuracy.

The Tiger I had frontal hull armor 120 mm thick, frontal turret armor of 100 mm and a 120 mm thick gun mantlet. It had 60 mm thick hull side plates and 80 mm armor on the side superstructure/sponsons, while turret sides and rear were 80 mm. The top and bottom armor was 25 mm thick; from March 1944, the turret roof was thickened to 40 mm.

The M4 Sherman’s 75 mm gun (or 76mm gun of Soviet T-34 and KV-1 tanks) would not penetrate the Tiger frontally at any range, and needed to be within 100 m to achieve a side penetration against the 80 mm upper hull superstructure. Consequently, it is no surprise that Tiger I achieved a kill ratio considerably higher than 10:1 against these tanks on a battlefield.

The tank’s weight significantly limited its use of bridges. For this reason, the Tiger was built with watertight hatches and a snorkel device that allowed it to cross water obstacles four meters deep.

Although from a technical point of view it was superior to its contemporaries, the low number produced, shortages in qualified crew and the considerable fuel requirement in a context of ever shrinking resources prevented the Tiger I from having a real impact on the war.

 

Sturmgeschütz III – First Mass-Produced Self-Propelled Artillery

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Self-propelled artillery is an important armored component of every modern army. However, it was not always that way. In fact, at the outbreak of World War II, virtually all artillery was still being moved around by artillery tractors or horses. With one notable exception – the Wehrmacht.

German military doctrine of blitzkrieg required mobile fire support for armored units (tanks and motorized infantry). Which could be provided only by self-propelled guns adequately protected from artillery fire on the battlefield (as they were supposed to provide both indirect and direct fire support).

This requirement gave rise to the development of Sturmgeschütz III (StuG III) – the first mass-produced assault gun (“Sturmgeschütz” means exactly that). And essentially the first mass-produced self-propelled artillery. In fact, StuG III was Germany’s second most-produced armored fighting vehicle during World War II after the Sd.Kfz. 251 armored personnel carrier.

It was also the first operational self-propelled artillery piece that carried their main armament in a fully enclosed and fully-armored casemate – the standard feature of most subsequent designs.

StuG III was built on the chassis of the proven Panzer III tank, replacing the turret with an armored, fixed superstructure mounting a more powerful gun. Initially intended as a mobile assault gun for direct-fire support for infantry, the StuG III was continually modified, and much like the later Jagdpanzer, was employed as a tank destroyer.

Overall, the Sturmgeschütz III series assault guns proved very successful and served on all fronts as assault guns and tank destroyers. Because of their low silhouette, StuG IIIs were easy to camouflage and were difficult targets. Its design proved to be so efficient that Syrian StuG IIIs were in use until the Six-Day War of 1967 (!), and possibly even later.

How Did Germans Pull Off Such a Miracle?

During the World War II, the Allies fielded eight more or less revolutionary weapons. Nazi Germany developed and deployed twenty-four – three times more. The fundamental question is: How?

How on bloody Earth did German engineers who suffered from an acute shortage of resources (human, material, natural, production capacity, etc.) and often had to work under incessant, round-the-clock bombing by the Allies develop and deploy three times more revolutionary weapons (often substantially more revolutionary) than the Allies?

True, German engineers were better than American, British and especially Soviet – due to a much better education and training system. But they were definitely not that much better. So it was definitely not about professional knowledge or skills.

The answer is actually very simple. One word: drive. German engineers simply had far more powerful drive than their Allied counterparts.

They desperately (really desperately) wanted to win the war. And they knew for a fact that after the failure of the blitzkrieg on the Eastern front in December 1941, only a miracle weapon could win a war. So they were willing to do everything possible (and even seemingly impossible) to develop such wonder weapons – each in his own area of professional competence.

They so desperately wanted to win the war because (thanks to incessant and omnipresent Nazi propaganda) they sincerely believed that they were fighting the existential war.

Consequently, defeat in this war meant certain death for them and the inevitable destruction of Germany. In other words, they were driven by a survival instinct – a very, very powerful drive.

There was, however, another powerful drive. German engineers (weapons designers) were genuinely happy and had no desire to live under any other regime than Nazi Germany. Especially under the occupation regime (whatever it might have been).

They genuinely loved their Führer and their Nazi government who (unlike previous leaders and governments) genuinely cared for them and performed general miracles for them facilitating (in 1933-38) an incredible quantum leap in all areas of life in Germany.

So now they sincerely believed that it was their duty (a matter of honor) to perform a miracle for their Führer, their government and their country (the Nazi Germany). And they did perform genuine miracles – which, however, were not sufficient for a victory in the Second World War.

 

Why Didn’t Germans Win the War?

The astonishing number of truly revolutionary weapons developed and deployed by Nazi Germany during the Second World War begs the natural question: why didn’t it win the war?

The answer to this fundamental question is actually very simple: it is not enough to develop a revolutionary weapon (or even two dozen types of revolutionary weapons).

You must develop and deploy weapons that will provide you with a decisive strategic advantage. Advantage that will either win the war for you outright or to force your adversary to sue for peace.

None of the “wonder weapons” developed by the Nazis provided their armed forces (Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS) with a decisive strategic advantage. And it was not about quantity – it was about quality (i.e. about functionality of these weapons).

True, acute shortage of resources and (let’s be frank) highly inefficient management system for R&D and manufacturing operations prevented Germans from deploying these weapons in large quantities.

Lots of precious resources were wasted on pursuing too many of essentially identical weapons projects – as well as on genuinely insane ones (mega-tanks, H-class battleships, Natter and Me-163 rocket-powered interceptors, V-3 mega-cannon, etc.) or simply totally impractical ones (Graf Zeppelin aircraft carrier).

Not to mentioned non-military projects (Ahnenerbe, quest for Holy Grail and, of course, the Holocaust) that consumed vital resources and thus hindered, not helped, German war effort.

However, even a radically more efficient management system would not have compensated the enormous, overwhelming and ultimately decisive superiority of Allies in all key resources – human and natural – and in their manufacturing capacity.

Plus, none of these weapons had the potential of putting an end to the incessant, round-the-clock Allied bombing of Germany which ultimately made a decisive contribution to their victory in the war.

However, in the next section, I will demonstrate how Nazi Germany could have won World War II (even after it became a war of attrition) by focusing all its efforts and resources on just three Wunderwaffe projects.

 

Could Nazi Germany Have Won the War of Attrition?

Horten_H_XVIIIInterestingly enough, it could have. Not necessarily would have (even if they had made the right decisions), but definitely could have.

In mid-December 1941, after the failure of blitzkrieg in Russia and entry of the USA into the war in Europe (declaring war on the USA was a colossal blunder on Hitler’s part), it became evident that Nazi Germany was now fighting an entirely different kind of war – the war of attrition.

Enemies of Axis powers (the Allied nations) possessed far superior amounts of resources – natural, human, industrial capacity, etc. Resources that were mostly protected from destruction by German Luftwaffe because the latter simply did not have aircraft (let alone in sufficient quantity) capable of reaching and bombing these resources.

And the capability of the Allied merchant fleet to deliver goods to Britain and the Soviet Union exceeded the ability of Kriegsmarine (U-boats and surface raiders) to intercept and sink cargo ships by at least an order of magnitude (probably by two orders of magnitude).

Axis powers not only had far fewer resources at their disposal, but these resources were well within the reach of Allied heavy bombers (which British and American air produced by the thousands). Bombers that could attack these resources basically around the clock (after Americans began to mass produce highly capable long-range escort fighters).

Consequently, the Axis powers could hope to win this war of attrition only by radically changing the playing field. Which they could have done only by developing and putting into operation the Wunderwaffe – the “Miracle Weapons”.

Weapons which will achieve sufficient battlefield superiority for Germany not to win the war (that was already impossible) but to force the Allies to sue for peace. Which at that time was basically the same thing.

Adolf Hitler and other top Nazis realized the vital need for the development of the Wunderwaffe probably at the beginning of 1942 and definitely after the disaster at Stalingrad a year later. Unfortunately for them, they chose a totally wrong approach to achieving this objective.

Nazis began development of a vast array of very different weapons (from tanks to aircraft and ballistic missiles) none of which provided (and would have provided) a decisive advantage in war. These weapons only consumed enormous amount of precious resources which ultimately led to the defeat of Germany in World War II and to the demise of the Third Reich.

Instead of trying to develop and put into operation literally dozens or new weapons (no matter how revolutionary), Nazi leaders should have concentrated on just three.

A nuclear bomb (obviously); its delivery system (long-range high-altitude jet bomber capable of reaching the United States at least on a one-way “suicide mission”) and a cheap surface-to-air guided missile that could have been produced in tens of thousands and deployed in just about every industrial city in Germany, Romania, etc.

Had the Nazis started this work in January 1942 and put all their resources (in excess of the bare minimum needed to stall the Soviet offensives on the Eastern front), by mid-1944 they could have developed and deployed all three components. Not necessarily would have, but could have.

A Horten 229 – type jet bomber flying at 1,000 km/hour at 15,000 meters with low visibility to radar (thus being untouchable by any air defense at that time) and carrying a five-ton 20-kiloton plutonium bomb (“the German Fat Man”) was exactly the kind of Wunderwaffe that would have forced the Allies to sue for peace after the destruction of London, Moscow and Washington DC.

Especially given their total inability to retaliate given the absence of an atomic bomb of their own and tens of thousands of surface-to-air-missiles (of the Enzian, Schmetterling or Rheintochter type) guarding the skies over German cities.

Fortunately to the abovementioned capitals, it did not happen. Due to their inability to focus on the crucially important projects, Adolf Hitler and the Nazi leaders wasted their precious resources on too many Wunderwaffe projects (and on thoroughly insane – from the military perspective endeavors such as Ahnenerbe, the Holocaust, etc.).

Which ultimately led to the defeat in the Second World War and to the demise of the Third Reich.

 

Why Didn’t God Allow the Nazi Germany to Win the War?

In the fall of 1941, Hitler was literally days away from winning the war on the Eastern front and the whole war in Europe. But he let the practically inevitable victory to slip through his fingers, his blitzkrieg to be transformed into a war of attrition on two fronts which he was bound to lose – and ultimately lost. And God allowed it to happen. Why?

The answer is simple – because God respects human Freedom of Will. And thus allows an individual – including Adolf Hitler – to make even disastrous mistakes. And reap the consequences.

God did not care whether Adolf Hitler won World War II or not – all He cared about was whether he prevents the Soviet Union from destroying the Christian Church and the whole Christian civilization.

And thus provided the Nazis with just enough support to fulfil this Divine Mission. Which was enough to save the Church and the whole Christian civilization – but not sufficient to win the Second World War.