World War: BALKAN THEATER: Happy Birthday

The railway car, resting on a siding under the shadow of a Balkan mountain on whose crest anti-aircraft units kept constant vigil, was set as usual for Adolf Hitler's morning conference with his advisers. Assembled in the car were all the biggest of the bigs: Göoring, Goebbels, Ribbentrop, Keitel, Brauchitsch, Raeder, Himmler, Hess (see cut). They were gathered together to congratulate Adolf Hitler on his 52nd birthday.

The celebration, said the official news agency D.N.B., was one of "soldierly simplicity," including a brass band, a review of honor troops, toasts in champagne,...

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