The World’s Foremost Homicidal Psychopath: Hitler’s Wartime Rifle

Young Adolf Hitler was an otherwise unremarkable Austrian child. A Catholic priest rescued him from drowning at age four.

Adolf Hitler was born in 1889 in Braunau am Inn in modern-day Austria. He was the fourth of six children born to Alois Hitler and his third wife/cousin, Klara Polzl. Three of his siblings died in infancy.

This terrifying-looking dude sired one of the greatest monsters who ever lived.

Alois Hitler, Adolf’s father, was quite the player. He was the illegitimate son of a common woman named Maria Anna Schicklgruber. Alois changed his name from Schicklgruber to Hitler in 1876. Hitler means “one who lives in a hut.”

Alois Hitler earned some prestige as a German civil servant.

There were tainted allegations that Alois’ father might have been one Leopold Frankenberger, a young Jewish man in the household where Maria was employed as a housekeeper. However, the possibility that Der Fuhrer might have had a Jewish grandfather, tantalizing though it might be, is likely apocryphal.

Hitler had a hard life under the iron hand of an abusive father.

Alois tomcatted among sundry wives and mistresses before nominally settling down with Klara. He was a hard man who beat young Adolf regularly.

Klara Hitler, shown here in the 1880’s, was a simple woman who adored her children.

By contrast, Klara was a doting mother who cherished her son. Alois breathed his last over a morning glass of wine at the Gasthaus Wiesinger in 1903 at age 65. Adolf was fourteen at the time.

Klara’s death when Adolf was 18 was a defining moment in the young man’s life.

Adolf was almost pathologically attached to his mom, and her death from breast cancer at age 47 came as a terrible blow. His mother’s kindly Jewish physician, Eduard Bloch, attended Mrs. Hitler for free as they lacked the means to pay for her care. He was rewarded decades later in 1940 with permission to emigrate with his wife from Austria to the United States.

Dr. Bloch ultimately settled in New York City. Hitler called him a “Noble Jew.”

OSS interviews with Dr. Bloch after he arrived in the US formed the basis for much of the intimate understanding we had of the reclusive dictator.

By 1940, being Jewish in the Third Reich was becoming hard. Their release at that time in history was truly remarkable. Bloch was subsequently interviewed extensively by the Office of Strategic Services in an effort at gathering usable intelligence regarding Hitler’s worldview.

Now It Gets Really Weird

Adolf Hitler, shown seated on the far right, by all accounts served honorably on the Western Front during WW1.

Hitler had a tale of his service in World War 1 he would relate to friends at dinner parties. He served as a runner in the trenches and earned the Iron Cross before ending the war as a Corporal. After a protracted period without hot food, a field kitchen set up in the stretch of the trench where the young Gefreiter served and began doling out black bread and boiled cabbage.

WW1 was unimaginably horrible. The deprivations Hitler and his comrades endured are difficult for the modern mind to comprehend.

Hitler waited in line to get his helpings, enraptured by the prospect of his first hot meal in weeks. His tray piled high with steaming cabbage he dropped down alongside his mates and prepared to dig in. In later years, Hitler described what he subsequently heard simply as the Voice. This disembodied Voice told him to stand up and walk around the corner.

Adolf Hitler began hearing voices in his 20’s. He purportedly shaved his robust handlebar mustache into the more familiar Charlie Chaplain version so as to accommodate a gas mask.

He glanced about and could tell that no one else was privy to the spectral command. However, the Voice alarmed him, so he gathered his Mauser 98 rifle, stood up, and walked around the corner of the trench. The moment he rounded the corner, a French howitzer round landed where he had been sitting, killing everyone nearby. The young German Corporal was dazed and deafened but otherwise miraculously unhurt, inexplicably spared by a disembodied Voice heard only by him.

Regardless of your personal stance on the subject of demonic possession, Adolf Hitler makes a compelling argument for it.

The Voice came to him many times after that as well, frequently awakening him from sleep in a state of abject panic. Adolph Hitler claimed that tale spoke to his inspired role as an agent of Providence. In retrospect, I do not debate the spiritual genesis of der Fuhrer’s supernatural protection. I might simply assert that the origin was perhaps more diabolical than divine.

Hitler would relate a tale of the disembodied Voice guiding his actions at social events later in his life.

Here’s the event in his own words–“I was eating dinner in a trench with several comrades. Suddenly a voice seemed to be saying to me, “Get up and go over there.” It was so clear and insistent that I obeyed automatically. I rose to my feet and walked twenty yards. Then I sat down to go on eating. Hardly had I done so when a flash and deafening report came from the part of the trench I had just left. Every member in it was killed”

The History of Hitler’s Combat Rifle

The M98 Mauser was arguably the most influential bolt-action rifle ever built.

The brainchild of German firearms visionary Peter Paul Mauser, the Model 98 rifle the future dictator carried during WW1 was an evolutionary development of earlier Mauser designs. The Germans made more than nine million copies in eleven different arsenals. The gun remained in German service through 1935.

The same basic action went on to become the Model 98k that served the German Wehrmacht throughout the Second World War. The Model 98 Mauser ultimately inspired millions of similar weapons. Rebarreled versions were widely used by the Israelis during their War for Independence.

These German troops are shown billeted in China during the Boxer Rebellion.

The 98 Mauser’s first combat use was during the Boxer Rebellion in China from 1898 until 1901. While not primarily remembered as a colonial power, Germany coveted colonies of its own in the latter parts of the 19th century just like everybody else on the planet. However, events soon to develop in Europe swallowed these ancillary pursuits up in the maelstrom of total global war.

The Gun

The complex rear sight on the M98 Mauser was calibrated out to 2,000 meters.
The M98, like most weapons of its era, fed via stripper clips.

Hitler’s Model 98 was a manually operated, magazine-fed, controlled-feed bolt-action rifle. The gun had a conventional open front sight and a tangent-type rear sight known as the Lange Visier. The weapon fed from 5-round stripper clips inserted from the top.

The M98 Mauser was engineered to be safe in the event of cartridge rupture. As the M98 was developed in the waning years of the black powder era, dealing with the pressures generated by smokeless propellants demanded extra care.

The M98 bolt included three locking lugs. Two lugs performed primary locking duties while the third lug served as a backup in the infrequent circumstance that the other two sheared under the extraordinary pressures generated by the gun’s advanced smokeless cartridge. This third lug did not typically support firing pressures unless the primary lugs failed.

The M98 Mauser was a superb design.

There were two holes bored into the base of the bolt that were designed to direct escaping gases out the bottom of the gun and away from the firer’s face in the event of a cartridge rupture or primer failure. There was additionally a secondary component to the design that safely routed violent escaping gas down the locking lug raceway and out a cutout exit hole in the event of failure.

The controlled-feed action of the M98 Mauser ensured reliable operation no matter how the weapon was oriented.

The M98’s controlled-feed action was composed of a large non-rotating extractor that engaged the rimmed base of the cartridge as it left the magazine and firmly managed the overall travel of the round throughout its cycle. This oversized component gripped the case positively until the empty cartridge struck the ejector and was discarded. There was also a scant cam built into the rear portion of the receiver bridge that gave the action a little boost at the final portion of the bolt-opening phase.


The M98 Mauser saw widespread use everywhere the Germans fought.

The timeless 98 Mauser armed the German military through two simply spectacular global defeats. At least eighty million people lost their lives in World Wars 1 and 2. Throughout it all, the Mauser 98 remained a remarkably competitive Infantry combat tool despite the breathtaking pace of technological evolution.

This dashing young man matured into arguably the most repugnant human being who ever lived.

Adolf Hitler was arguably the most successful psychopath in all of human history. Others were responsible for larger body counts, but they were typically motivated by some misguided effort to establish a social utopia for the masses. Stalin and Mao, black-hearted devils that they were, generally killed out of stupidity.

To quote Indiana Jones, “Nazis. I hate these guys.” All sensible folk despise Nazis.

By contrast, Adolf Hitler was the very embodiment of evil. He stole territory and murdered millions driven by the baseless idea that he was just better than everybody else. While hating people has fallen out of fashion these days, it yet remains perfectly OK to despise and denigrate Nazis in books and movies.

Adolf Hitler was what we call down here in the Deep South “a serious piece of work.”

Speak up against Japanese wartime atrocities and you might be a racist. Call out Palestinian terrorists and you’re likely a bigot. However, it will forever be cool to hate the Nazis. As the diabolical face of the whole sordid mob, Hitler remains the modern era’s alpha thug.

Though he orchestrated the Holocaust, Hitler never bothered to tour a concentration camp. When Heinrich Himmler did so he purportedly fell ill.

Adolf Hitler was terrified of cats and would eat as much as two pounds of chocolate in a day. He regularly abused cocaine and, despite inspiring one of the worst genocides in human history, never once visited a concentration camp. Hitler collected tens of thousands of Jewish artifacts intending to create a museum to an extinct race after the war.

Adolf Hitler’s nephew served with distinction in the US Navy during WW2.

His nephew, William Patrick Hitler, served in the US Navy and fought against the Axis during WW2.

Adolf Hitler was actually a fairly talented artist. His works command impressive prices when they rarely come available. Most are owned by governments.

Hitler failed to gain entry into art school in Vienna twice. For a time he was destitute and lived in a homeless shelter.

Does this look like a guy with one nut who injects himself with bull semen? That would actually explain quite a lot.

Tales persist that Hitler had a single undescended testicle and was regularly injected with bull semen to enhance his virility. Regardless of whether that stuff was true or not, by his own admission, he did hear voices others could not. That makes him schizophrenic by definition.

People get called crazy all the time. Adolf Hitler, by contrast, was the real deal.

The term “crazy” is mightily overused these days. So are comparisons of contemporary politicians to the unhinged Nazi Fuhrer. In the alpha lunatic Adolf Hitler, however, we see just how deep man’s capacity for darkness can become. No matter how you slice it, that guy was a lunatic.

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About the author: Will Dabbs was born and raised in the Mississippi Delta, having been immersed in hunting and the outdoors since his earliest recollections. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Mississippi and is the product of a traditional American nuclear family. Where most normal American kids get drunk to celebrate their 21st birthday, Will bought his first two machineguns. Will served eight years as an Army Aviator and accumulated more than 1,100 flight hours piloting CH47D, UH1H, OH58A/C, and AH1S helicopters. He is scuba qualified, has parachuted out of perfectly good airplanes at 3 o’clock in the morning, and has summited Mt. McKinley, Alaska–the highest point in North America–six times (at the controls of a helicopter, which is the only way sensible folk climb mountains). For reasons that seemed sagacious at the time he ultimately left the Army as a Major to pursue medical school. Dr. Dabbs has for the last dozen years owned the Urgent Care Clinic of Oxford, Mississippi. He also serves as the plant physician for the sprawling Winchester ammunition plant in that same delightful little Southern town. Will is a founding partner of Advanced Tactical Ordnance LLC, a licensed 07/02 firearms manufacturer and has written for the gun press for a quarter century. He writes solely to support a shooting habit that is as insensate as it is insatiable. Will has been married to his high school sweetheart for more than thirty years and has taught his Young Married Sunday School class for more than a decade. He and his wife currently have three adult children and a most thoroughly worthless farm dog named Dog.

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  • a w December 11, 2020, 6:58 am

    From all descriptions of Hitler, this one particularly note events that very much spell out that Hitler was schizophrenic from an early age.

  • Ej harbet December 4, 2020, 5:33 pm

    Everytime you end a tyrant the world becomes slightly freer.
    Sadly we won’t run out of tyrants until the end of all things

  • Kent November 23, 2020, 7:00 pm

    Another well researched and entertaining and informative article, Doc! I look forward to these here, where they actually give you the space to develop your story line complete with historical pictures that your print media taskmasters won’t. I trust you are being handsomely compensated for your efforts in our behalf. You are a true treasure to those of us who love the gun. In my 74 years of reading tomes like this, I cannot think of anyone who is your equal. Now, having said that, get back to work! your acolytes are eagerly waiting for more.

  • Erich Manstein November 23, 2020, 3:56 pm

    Hitler’s War by David Irving is an excellent read explaining what motivated Hitler and his reasons for the decisions he made. The author of this gun article clearly has no understanding of the causes for the war. Nor does he understand the personalities of the principal decision makers. This article is built around a whole lot of name calling, something that would not be necessary if he were better educated.

    • larry November 24, 2020, 10:29 pm

      David Irving is a notorious Holocaust denier and is widely considered to be a discredited historian. You sound like you’re trying to say that Hitler wasn’t such a bad guy, you just have to get to know him better.

    • Ej harbet December 4, 2020, 5:37 pm

      The only good socialist is a dead socialist nazi,soviet democratic.
      May they all fertilize the earth with their corpses

  • KMacK November 23, 2020, 2:41 pm

    “GUN”? The Gewehr 98 and the Karbin version of it were rifles, not Guns. Guns (as my old Sergeant kept telling me) are either Cannon or mounted on ships.
    Sorry, but even after all these years I keep hearing “GUN? You man RIFLE. Drop and give me a hundred”.

  • Big Al 45 November 23, 2020, 12:38 pm

    Research into Hitler’s medical records and late war films now suggest that he MAY have had Parkinson’s disease.
    If so, this would explain his ordering movements of non existent Armies and other such tactical blunders due to the disease causing Dementia, especially late in the war.
    It is estimated that there were over 47 attempts to assassinate the Mad man.
    Talk about bad luck for the world.

    • KMacK November 23, 2020, 2:38 pm

      And since Parkinson’s is a Genetic degenerative disease… He’d be prime material for his own Eugenics beliefs.
      “Ease their suffering by killing them”.
      Too bad they didn’t…

  • John Lloyd Scharf November 23, 2020, 12:13 pm

    Some claim they hear G_D speaking to them and are not considered crazy. It is used in a spiritual or metaphoric sense. NO psychiatric or psychological organization has sanctioned a diagnosis titled “psychopathy.” it is a personality disorder; not a psychosis. Just because a narcissistic selfish criminal engages in behavior we would not copy, it does not mean they are unable to distinguish right from wrong. Hitler was not successful. Success is not crowned by suicide to shamelessly escape punishment. He is not even the most criminal because it was not him personally who turned his world view into mass produced murder. Ultimately, those who actually killed people by their own hand were more monstrous. Psychopaths dehumanize their victims so they can be treated as objects to be used, if not destroyed.

    William Laws Calley Jr. claimed he was obeying the orders of Captain Ernest Medina. Medina publicly denied that he had ever given such orders to kill anyone enemy soldiers, Calley was convicted of killing civilians, including Vietnamese children, personally and individually. He openly admitted it at trial.
    Calley is a psychopath whose regret at the time was being caught. He is a free man who did not see the inside of prison for his crimes.

  • D. Scott November 23, 2020, 10:26 am

    Thank you doc, this is fascinating historical research. I surely hope you would consider collating these articles and publishing a book one day. As always, thank you for the hard work and your insightful comments on these historical personages and events.

  • chuche November 23, 2020, 8:42 am

    “Foremost”? Stalin and Mao made this chump look like a cub scout. Public school history much?

    • Rick November 23, 2020, 4:09 pm

      Just what I was thinking. Let’s NOT split hairs and assign some extra level of heinousness to Hitler. ALL OF THEM were the most evil men to walk the planet. Applying some ridiculous litmus test that Stalin and Mao were trying to establish a “misguided utopia”(what an understatement!!) as an excuse doesn’t make it any less reprehensible. The only reason we know what we know about the Nazis is because they were fairly meticulous record keepers. We will NEVER know exactly how many people died under Stalin and Mao. We can only guess. In terms of sheer numbers, Hitler wasn’t even close to their body count. By the way, Stalin was a continuation. Lenin had already been murdering his fellow Russians long before Stalin came to power!

  • Mike in a Truck November 23, 2020, 8:25 am

    Look what we are seeing today. A Jewish wedding had to be clandestinely performed as not to attract Mayor Wilhelm’s Gestapo. The “Squad” is openly anti Semitic. The left now very vocal about retribution for anyone that suffers from wrongthink. This time it wont be just Jews loaded on boxcars but also stupid Christians that voted for these assholes. Yeah sure I’ll give up my guns- the Government will protect me. ( No)

    • Robert Lee November 23, 2020, 11:02 am

      +1 on that… those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it keeps coming up. To know what the Vichy NWO useful idiots will try next just look at the descent into chaos and genocide engineered 80 years ago. I believe vilification, censorship and disarmament are next…

    • DAVID MILLER November 23, 2020, 12:03 pm

      You hit nail on head they will be coming for us if they get chance make a cause to follow and kill us because of 2nd amendment guns are evil

    • TC November 23, 2020, 12:43 pm

      Today’s communist/leftist/progressives are very much the descendants, the heirs to Hitler, Stalin , Moa.
      Free speech is forbidden, bigotry against white Christians encouraged.
      The biden/harris tyranny is about to prove it

    • Bryan November 23, 2020, 3:53 pm


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