GERMANY: Befehlshaber's New Year

It was an uneasy New Year for Adolf Hitler. Something was rotten in the German Army. The Führer had just relieved Field Marshal Walther von Brauchitsch from his command (TIME, Dec. 29) and was now, in fact as well as title, the Oberste Befehlshaber der Wehrmacht (Supreme Commander of the Army). But the Oberste Befehlshaber could scarcely have felt as magnificent as his title.

The wildest rumor, soon exposed, claimed that Field Marshal von Brauchitsch had flown like a Hess to Ireland. But other rumors came in a persistent, persuasive flood from the...

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