A Haunting Comment

In the last few weeks of the war, the Germans dug in along Seelow Heights, not far from Berlin, hoping to make a stand against the incredible might of the Red Army. The following is cited in an outstanding book I reviewed, The Fall of Berlin 1945 by Antony Beevor.

A young Luftwaffe Oberleutnant has been placed in command of a scratch company of rear echelon troops who are being thrown into the breech with no combat training.

In a forward position in the tree line, he looks into the distance toward the Soviet positions from whence will come their attack in a handful of days. The young Oberleutnant suddenly begins to shiver. “Tell me,” he says to his sergeant-major, “are you also cold?”

“We are not cold, Herr Oberleutnant. We are afraid.”

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Charles McCain

Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/

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