Enthusiasts of the former German Chancellor and tyrant, Adolf Hitler, and those of silent-movie comedian Charlie Chaplin, are engaged in a war of words over which of the two men was first to sport the famous moustache they both became synonymous with.
Both camps claim their man was there first. The 'Chaplins' say that Hitler blatantly copied Chaplin after seeing the Tramp's early films, but the Hitler contingent are adamant that the Reichskanzler was already at the forefront of German facial hair fashion before Chaplin was even shaving.
Born within 5 days of each other in 1889, Chaplin and Hitler are both claimed to have worn a moustache at primary school, but there is no evidence to substantiate these claims.
Chaplin is known to have had his moustache in the movie 'The Kid' in 1921, and has even been pictured with it as early as 1914, but German Army records confirm that Hitler also had his moustache by then. Hitler was a big fan of Chaplin, and even did impersonations of him in the trenches during the First World War, waddling around with a cane like his Hollywood hero.
Similarly, Chaplin had an intense interest in the Nazi dictator, and even played him in 'The Great Dictator', which was one of Hitler's least-favorite films of all time. According to Albert Speer, the wartime German Armaments Minister, Hitler saw 'The Great Dictator', and said it was:
In a final twist, the term 'Führer', by which Hitler was commonly known, translates into English as 'Lipflüff'.