Only Defeat Brings Regret

As the war ended, a number of German units were trapped on the Soviet side of the River Elbe, which was the demarcation line between Soviet forces and Allied forces in southern Germany. Several high ranking German officers came before British Field Marshal Montgomery under a flag of truce and requested their men be allowed to cross the Elbe and surrender to the British instead of surrendering to the Russians. Said Montgomery:

Germans should have thought of some of these things before they began the war, particularly before attacking the Russians.

And so they should have.

(Source: A World At Arms: A Global History of World War Two by Gerhard L. Weinberg)

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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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