Video: The Kapp Putsch

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The cover story for our January issue, 'Hitler's Turncoat Tutor', concerns the life of Karl Mayr, the army officer often described as the Nazi leader's political midwife: as a propagandist in the Bavarian Reichswehr group command, Mayr was instrumental in introducing Hitler to the power of politics.

Mayr first rose to prominence with his role in the Kapp Putsch of 1920, in which an attempt was made to overthrow the nascent Weimar Republic. The video above shows British Pathe footage from the Putsch (it's best if you ignore the music and over-enthusiastic title cards).

You can read about Karl Mayr in the January issue of History Today, which is out this week. The new issue is available right now for iPad, Kindle Fire and Android Tablet owners; simply download the app and follow the instructions.