20 APril 1945 Deputy Cheif Of Operations of German armed forces high command “…mentions the possibility that the war could have a negative outcome.”
If only I could foretell events with the accuracy of Wehrmacht Major-General August Winter my life would be so much better!
According to Official War Diary of the the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht (German Armed Forces High Commmand):
“…on the morning of 20 April 1945, the Deputy-Chief of 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.”
When he gave this brief talk, the Russians were less than 18 kilometers from the HQ of the German Armed Forces High Command and most of the officers left the facilities shortly thereafter.
These facilities were massive underground bunkers completely bombproof and camoflauged. Remnants of the complex still exist.
2 May 1945 orders to berlin garrsion:
“…Together with the commander-in-chief of the Soviet forces I order you to stop fighting immediately.” WEIDLING, General of Artillery, Commandant of the Berlin Defence Zone.”
8 May 1945 Germans surrender unconditionally on all fronts to the Allied powers and the Soviet Union.