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A worried fifteen-year-old member of a Luftwaffe antiaircraft workforce bursts into tears after being taken prisoner by means of the american citizens close to Giessen in west-central Germany within the spring of 1945. Bled dry of able-bodied males, Adolf Hitler grew to become in desperation to Germany's young children, utilizing them firstly in civil safety roles yet finally plunging tens of millions of minor boys into strive against. the children have been armed simply with out of date guns, rudimentary education, and heavy doses of Nazi propaganda.

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The general warned the troops that surrender would be regarded as desertion and 28 "in cases where the names of individuals are ascertained, these will Guarding the seaward approach to Antwerp at the mouth of the West Scheldt estuary, Halcheren Island bristles with German weaponry. The torpedo launcher at left, aimed by a member of the naval coastal artillery, was part of a network of powerful coastal batteries overlooking the North Sea. Elsewhere on the island fortress, German soldiers man machine-gun nests camouflaged with netting (right).

But under cover of the artillery exchange, another group of commandos landed. By nightfall, the commandos had overrun the two main batteries on the western side of the island. helped Eberding hold off the phoon bombers knocked them — — — The Germans on the southern coast of Walcheren Island continued to On November 4, yet another Allied commando force came ashore behind them. Cut off and running out of ammunition, the Germans realized that further resistance was futile. On November 6, a lieutenant of the Royal Scots Regiment met with General Daser in Middelburg.

The army chief of staff remembered Hitler's boast made during another such meeting not long before: "There is no need foryou to try to teach me," Hitler had said. " Heinrich Himmler echoed his leader during the Christmas Eve dinner at the Adlerhorst. "The years, figures are grossly exaggerated/' the Reichsfuhrer-SS told emnly. " What was in fact going on was precisely what Guderian feared. For months, Stavka, the Soviet high command, had been planning a winter offensive that would take advantage of the Red Army's overwhelming superiority in numbers and equipment.

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