Adolf Hitler's role as a military commander between 1939 and 1945.

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Adolf Hitler, born April 20 1889 will always be remembered for the atrocities he caused during World War II. He did however possess several strengths that are characteristic of a good military commander. He had the uncanny ability to commit precise details of historical information, technical facts and economic statistics to memory. Through this method of memorization Hitler was able to comprehend technical matters and any problems with armaments. He had a thorough knowledge of guns, tanks, ships and what their capabilities in war were. He was well versed in the armament and speed of foreign warships. Where and what guns should be used and would offer suggestions to improve machinery and ship designs.

As a military commander Hitler had a strong will, the appearance of nerves of steel and intelligence. Hitler also possessed the ability to adjust his conversation to the mentality of his audience. He was able to discuss highly technical matters with industrialists, engage in political conversations with diplomats and simplify complex problems to the working class .

By analysing Hitler's strengths, his weaknesses are also exposed. The ability to commit accurate details to memory, worked against him as his subordinates had to be careful in what they told him in the future for Hitler would immediately distrust a person who deviated from what they had stated at a previous meeting. This took away the essence of being a good leader for the ability to trust subordinates is essential in allowing them the freedom to make decisions based on experience and knowledge of the battlefield.

Hitler's distrust for his generals stemmed from his early successes in the early years of the war, in which he went against the advice of the experienced military generals. His self-confidence was inflated to the point where he viewed himself as...