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History is strewn with megalomaniacs who believed that they knew what was best in literally every situation. This phenomenon is especially true in regards to Chancellor of Germany, and overall terrible human, Adolf Hitler. Hitler was charismatic and a masterful politician, and used his political prowess to gain the Chancellorship of Germany in the 1930’s. Hitler used his magnetic personality to gain followers who helped him consolidate power and eventually spark the outbreak of World War II when the German Army invaded Poland on September 1, 1939. This is when Hitler should have sat back and let his Generals do his bidding, Hitler was a soldier but had no experience commanding men, let alone entire armies or overall strategic plans for his armed forces. But, Hitler did the opposite, he dabbled and controlled every aspect of the German war effort and overruled many of his Generals at the most inopportune times. Hindsight being what it is, it is shocking some of the decisions that Hitler made. I would argue that his most stupid and war-costing mistake, was Operation Barbarossa.
You see, Hitler had a non-aggression pact with Soviet Russia, he was free to fight the Western European countries without worry of his eastern borders or to open a new front. Against the wishes of almost every single one of his advisors, Hitler decided to turn his back on his Soviet allies and invaded the Soviet Union in the spring of 1942. This decision directly brought about the defeat of the Germans three years later because they were stretched so thin on two fronts that the German army could not withstand the onslaught from both sides.
One may ask, “What led Hitler to make such rash decisions”? New evidence has come out in recent years that shed fascinating light on that topic; he was high most of the time. Hitler’s doctor, Theodor Morell kept the man constantly stoned on a multitude of illicit drugs. On a daily basis, Hitler was given massive amounts of medicines ranging from cocaine eyedrops, meth, testosterone, and barbiturates. It is no wonder that Hitler was unstable, crazy and ultimately cost his Army the war.