Descent into Nightmare by Time-Life Books

By Time-Life Books

Time-Life 3rd Reich sequence 21 of 21

A nervous fifteen-year-old member of a Luftwaffe antiaircraft group bursts into tears after being taken prisoner through the american citizens close to Giessen in west-central Germany within the spring of 1945. Bled dry of able-bodied males, Adolf Hitler became in desperation to Germany's little ones, utilizing them first and foremost in civil safety roles yet finally plunging tens of millions of juvenile boys into strive against. the kids have been armed basically with out of date guns, rudimentary education, and heavy doses of Nazi propaganda.

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Allied Intelligence puzzled as to why the new army had not been brought in to blunt their attacks number Fifth B, on the Roer. Hitler kept of other confusing moves. He them guessing with a transferred General Manteuffel's Panzer Army headquarters staff from Army Group G to Army Group line behind Aachen supposedly to prepare defensive sending them into works. To relieve Model of some of his burdens as he prepared Army Group German soldiers hastily evacuate Strasbourg, the economic and cultural capital of Alsace, on November 22, 1944.

Eisenhower shuffled his forces up and down the West Wall and brought Patton's Third Army up from the Saar to Belgium. On December 19, he halted all offensive operations north and south of the Ardennes and committed 335,000 Americans to thwarting Hitler's attack. On Christmas Eve, Manteuffel proposed to Hitler that he make a circular strike northward on the east side of the Meuse, using reserves from OKW and the Sixth SS Panzer Army. Time was short and Manteuffel insisted on receiving a reply that night.

All right, December 2, I'll do that if you'll after a five-hour come with me," meeting Manteuffel replied. On in Berlin, Hitler consented. That, in 37 — addition to changing the operation's name to that of Models Small Solu- —was his only concession. Herbstnebel (Autumn The winter weather set in early. After a heavy snow in mid-November, rain followed sleet and continued cold; fog covered the tree tops. Most corps and division commanders remained ignorant of the plan until later in the month, giving them scant time to study the terrain they would fight over.

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