(1889 - 1945) Fuhrer of Germany and Nazi Party leader, Hitler's bloody rise to power, his military seizure of most of Europe and North Africa and his genocidal racial policies culminated in suicide in his Berlin bunker as Russian troops approached. An excessively rare World War I-dated A.L.S. in pencil on the verso of a color postcard photograph of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin, which today remains in ruins as a memorial to the bombing of Berlin brought on by Hitler during the war. The postcard, canceled in Beelitz (just south of Potsdam) on Nov. 4, 1916, also bears a second unidentified stamp on the text. Hitler's message, in his usual cramped and barely legible hand, apparently sends his thanks and best wishes to a fellow soldier and is signed at the conclusion. He then writes his address in Beelitz, thus signing his name a second time. The card is addressed to a fellow soldier, one 'Karl Lanzhammer' serving in the 7th Division, 16th Bavarian Reserve Regiment - the same regiment in which Hitler served. On October 5, 1916, during the Battle of the Somme, Hitler was struck in the thigh by a fragment of a grenade which exploded at the door to the dugout where he and several fellow runners had taken cover. The wound was serious, but not life-threatening. Hitler was sent to a military hospital back in the Reich, and it was no doubt from this hospital that this message was sent to his friend. Lightly soiled, else very good. Hitler's letters from this early date are virtually unobtainable.

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