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Video: The Kapp Putsch

The cover story for our January 2012 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 March 1920, an attempt 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).

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