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He kept the mustache long after World War I ended. Was that his way of saying he was always at war? Or did he always fear a gas attack? I think in actuality after World War I that was a fashion, and a lot of people did that. Between World War I and World War II, that was a fashion that a lot of people had. And being that Hitler had it, he kind of killed that fashion. Illustration/1941 German Postage Stamp.

How Hitler got that little mustache

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Aug 05 ( - History's “The World Wars” begins with German soldiers in a trench, pulling gas masks over their faces. A skinny private with a bushy mustache finds that his mask won't seal because his whiskers are too thick. As soon as the gas clears, he takes out a knife to cut his mustache into a compact rectangle.


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