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Beer Hall Putch

Munich during the Putch

On November 8-9th 1923 Adolf Hitler, together with General Erich Ludendorff, attempted to overthrow the German government. Their goal was first to seize the government of Bavaria and through that the rest of Germany. Their actions were inspired by the success of Mussolini in Italy. The attempted coup began in a beer hall in Munich and continued the next day with a march on the military headquarters that was met with armed resistance by the police. Four policemen and sixteen Nazis were killed, but the crowd dispersed. Two days later Hitler and his closest supporters were arrested and charged treason. He served nine months in prison.