“I have dipped into Mein Kampf but never read it: it was written only partly by Hitler, and that is the problem. More important are… Hitler’s table talks: daily memoranda which first Heim (Bormann’s adjutant, whom I interviewed) and then Picker wrote down at his table side”. —David Irving
[The qualities of the German soldier - SS losses pay dividends - Weaknesses of the German High Command in 1914-18.]
I can say that I’ve never doubted the qualities of the German soldier—which is more than I can say even of some of the chiefs of the Wehrmacht.
The German army is technically the most perfect in the world; and the German soldier, in a moment of crisis, is safer and sounder than any other soldier. I’m truly happy that it has been granted to me to see, in my lifetime, the German soldier rewarded by Providence. For an elite force, like our SS, it’s great luck to have suffered comparatively heavy losses. In this way, it’s assured of the necessary prestige to intervene, if need be, on the home front—which, of course, won’t be necessary. But it’s good to know that one disposes of a force that could show itself capable of doing so, on occasion.
It’s marvellous to see how our Gauleiters are everywhere in the breach.
I cannot tell you how greatly I suffered, during the Great War, from the weaknesses of our command. In a military sense we were not at all clever, and in a political sense we were so clumsy that I had a constant longing to intervene. If I’d been Reich Chancellor at the period, in three months’ time I’d have cut the throat of all obstruction, and I’d have reasserted our power.
If I were twenty to twenty-five years younger, I’d be in the front line. I passionately loved soldiering.