Mein Kampf – 2. Soldier  Think Free or Die.
Mein Kampf: the Good, Bad and Outright Ugly

2. Soldier

Fight, for ideals
He who does not wish to fight in this world, where permanent struggle is the law of life, has not the right to exist.

The capacity and readiness to sacrifice the individual to the common welfare have nothing at all to do with economics. [A man] will die for an ideal but not for a business.

Working class soldiers
A nation composed of learned men who are physical weaklings and timid pacifists, is not capable of assuring even its own existence.

Manual labourers have not yet fallen a prey to pacifism [and] are still robust and … can be brutal.

The War of 1914 was certainly not forced on the masses. I sank down upon my knees and thanked Heaven [for living] in such a time.

Experiences war, blinded by gas
Horror replaced the romantic fighting spirit. Exuberant spirits were quelled by the fear of the ever-present Death.

The will had asserted its incontestable mastery. This same transformation took place throughout the whole army.

The British opened an attack with the yellow gas … all was darkness around me … sent into hospital. Gradually I was able to distinguish general outlines … to draw or design once again was naturally out of the question.

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