Nazis' New Broom?

Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt, who had twice been at the top of the Wehrmacht command ladder in the west, went down again last week—and this time probably out. His successor: bulldog-faced Field Marshal Albert Kesselring.

There was more behind the sudden shift than the ditching of an unsuccessful commander for one who bore a somewhat overblown reputation as a "stonewall" defender in Italy. To Allied minds who know the Nazi mind best it appeared likely that Kesselring was chosen not primarily for his generalship, but as the commander who might best—from the Nazi point of view—take the Allied knockout punch...

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