Extra! Wow, Were They Ever Surprised


On the morning of 20 April 1945, the Deputy Chief of the Wehrmacht Operations Staff, Major General Winter, gives an address on the occasion of Hitler’s birthday and mentions the possibility that the war could have a negative outcome. This is the first time that such an opinion is aired before a large, internal circle.

[On 8 May 1945, just two and a half weeks later, Nazi Germany surrendered unconditionally to the Allied Powers.]

From The Last Thirty Days: The War Diary of the German Armed Forces High Command from April to May 1945 by Joachim Schultz-Naumann.

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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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