No, I’m not talking about BNP bigwig Richard ‘Certified Liar’ Barnbrook and his eccentric dance moves. I am instead referring to someone many BNP and other racist loons look up to as a sort of hero, even though he actually fought a war with Britain and is now very dead. Of course, I talk of none other that A. Hitler.

I am currently making my way through Andrew Roberts’ ‘The Storm of War’. Even though Roberts is a big stinking Tory he writes some very readable history. It is the Autumn on 1941. Operation Barbarossa has been making good progress, but the weather in the Soviet Union is beginning to get chilly. 

The invading German army does not have enough winter coats. Partly this is because the high command expected to be victorious by the winter. However, the Fuhrer also reveals himself to be someone who doesn’t take the weather too seriously.

In October 1941 Hitler remarked to some of the army staff:

“One can’t put any trust in the meteorological forecasts…Weather prediction is not a science that can be learnt mechanically. What we need are men gifted with a sixth sense, who live in nature and with nature – whether or not they know anything about isotherms and isobars. As a rule, obviously, these men are not particularly suited to the wearing of uniforms. One of them will have a humped back, another will be bandy-legged, a third paralytic”.

So instead of professional meteorologists Hitler wanted the German military to listen to the intuition of disabled people with apparent ability to predict future weather patterns. These “human barometers”, as he dubbed them, would read signs such as “the patterns of swallows” and the “feeling of the wind” and then tell the troops what weather to expect.

And even if the weather-predicting soothsayer-types confirmed that the Russian winter was going to get very cold, Hitler still expected his troops to be as tough as he considered himself to be:

“Having to change into long trousers was always a misery to me. Even with a temperature of 10 below zero I used to go about in lederhosen. The feeling of freedom they give you is wonderful. Abandoning my shorts was one of the biggest sacrifices I had to make… Anything up to five degrees below zero I don’t even notice.”

Hitler’s dream – in addition to world conquest and Aryan supremacy – was to one day establish an SS Brigade that wore lederhosen all the time.

What a nut.



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