Hitler’s Moustache

From The Telegraph:

His moustache is the most instantly recognisable – and sinister – in history.

Yet, according to new research into Adolf Hitler’s early life, the distinctive, toothbrush shape that adorned his scowling face was not his first preference.

A previously unpublished essay by a writer who served alongside Hitler in the First World War trenches reveals that the future Führer was only obeying orders when he shaped his moustache into its tightly-clipped style. He was instructed to do so in order that it would fit under the respirator masks, introduced in response to British mustard gas attacks.

Had that order never been issued, the tyrant who brought most of Europe to its knees would be remembered as a man with a large Prussian moustache.

(via Monkeyfilter)

3 Comments

  1. Strange. A documentary and a docudrama I have seen both would have us believe that the mustache trimming was only part of a makeover designed to give him an unusual look which would make him easily remembered by anyone who had seen his face once.

    And his face is easily remembered. As a small kid I would always draw Hitler to my mother’s dismay, since he was the only celeb who’s likeness I could easily reproduce.

  2. Storm: I don’t see why both can’t be true? “I don’t care what shape it is soldier, as long as it fits under your mask”. Or “distinctive you say? the way I used to trim it to fit under the mask was pretty freaky, I’ll go with that”.

    If not, I’d favour your sources over the Telegraph, as if it were to fit under a gas mask, wouldn’t there have been a lot of them out there that were that shape and hence not distinctive at all?

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