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Adolf Hitler is born in Braunau am Inn, in Austria, the son of Alois and Klara        
Alois Hitler, violent, feared and greatly disliked by his son Adolf, dies      
Alois Hitler, photograph c.1860 (Wikimedia)

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Hitler moves to Vienna, hoping to be a painter, but is twice rejected as a student by the Academy of Fine Arts       
Hitler's mother Klara, to whom he was devoted, dies at the age of forty-seven      
Klara Hitler, photograph c.1860 (Wikimedia)

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Without financial support from his mother, Hitler ekes out a meagre living painting postcards and advertisements      
Hitler moves to Munich to begin a new life, and in an attempt to avoid Austrian military service      
Summoned to Austria for military service, Hitler is rejected as being physically unfit      
On the outbreak of war, Hitler applies to join the German army and is enlisted in the Sixteenth Bavarian Reserve Infantry Regiment       
In action as a front-line HQ runner Hitler is awarded the Iron Cross, Second Class, for bravery       
Hitler is wounded in the leg at the Battle of the Somme