prance around in a ridiculous uniform Okay, the wearing of a uniform may seem a little strange to us, but at the time in germany it wasn't very unusual at all for members of a political party to wear some form of uniform. In fact that could be extended to many other european countries at the time. It is also interesting to note that unlike some of the party leaders, Hitler's uniform was not very flamboyant and had minimal badges, gold braid etc. This has been intepreted as having a well intended meaning. The 'Alpha' member of a group not needing to 'display' and the playing down of the 'display' element of his uniform gaining trust and showing confidence to his followers. Sort of "I don't need to show off, I AM the boss!" and "You can trust me... look, I'm just like you". It may be complete 'B#####ks, but if it does have any truth it does show that he put a lot more thought into things than a madman would. Just thought I'd mention it.