Book Details

The Little Drummer Boy

I am proud to present my new history book here. It gives an introduction to the discussion of the historical view of Adolf Hitler and an overview of European Imperialism from Caesar to Bismarck before following the youth of Hitler in Austria and Germany before August 1914.

We meet the little boy and we meet Corporal Hitler, who has served on the Western Front during the war, in 1918, on the eve of the German Revolution which abolished the monarchy and established the first German republic. After the short-lived experiment of the Bavarian Soviet Republic in the spring of 1918, Hitler remained in the army as an agent for the shady Major Karl Mayr, then head of the Bavarian military intelligence unit.

In the fall of 1919 he took part in a meeting of a small political party -- more of a discussion club than a true party, really -- which had about 50 members and called itself "Deutsche Arbeiter Partei" ('German Workers' Party'). Despite the name, the party was a right-wing, nationalist affair which suffered from the want of popular orators.

It was in this capacity that Hitler joined the party, of which he subsequently became chairman in 1921. Through his popular sermons, the legend of the "Führer" was born. Two years later, by November 8-9, 1923 he had built the party to membership numbers approaching 20.000, and tried the Beer Hall Coup…

The Little Drummer Boy is a massive and detailed historical work and a fascinating read, also providing an in-depth look at the diplomatic developments which led to the catastrophe of 1914 and following the main operations in the European Theaters and the Russian Civil War (1917 to 1922).

Author Details

John Vincent Palatine
Born near a U.S. Army Base in northern Bavaria to an artillery officer and his wife, a secretary, John Vincent Palatine attended boarding school in Bavaria and then studied English and British history at the Ludwigs-Maximillian University in Munich, later studying pharmacy at the University of Innsbrook and in Bavaria at Regensburg University. He went on to work 15 years in the “unbelievably dull wholesale pharmacy business,” living in Africa, Italy, Spain and the United States in the process. Inspired by his love of history, in the mid-2000s Palatine embarked on the 11-year project to write this book. He spent six years in research, three full years writing the book, and 2 years editing it. He consulted over 2,000 primary and secondary sources for this well-documented annotated work, turning out a great read and a premier and indispensable academic, military and journalistic resource. When he's not writing, Palatine devotes time to further research. He lives in Bavaria, near Munich.