Militant German Nationalists Create German Fatherland Party Hot

Militant German Nationalists Create German Fatherland Party

Grand Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz, Commander of the German Navy, 1925

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In Germany, militant nationalists create the German Fatherland Party (Deutsche Vaterlandspartei). Among the founding members are Wolfgang Kapp (of the Kapp Putsch) and Alfred von Tirpitz (naval minister).

Its political and social influence will reach its height in 1918, when it has over 1 million members. Its primary source of financial support will be the Supreme Army Command, making this one of many examples of the German military taking over German society.

One of the early members of the Deutsche Vaterlandspartei, Anton Drexler, will go on to found an organization with similar goals and ideas named the German Workers' Party. This will eventually be renamed the National Socialist German Workers' Party (Nazi Party) which comes under the control of Adolf Hitler.

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The Kapp Putsch (original footage)

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