World Battlefronts: Too Soon

Slowly and foggily, the news of a Czechoslovak disaster trickled out from the core of Europe. Almost unnoticed by the rest of the world, the Slovaks had risen in their mountainous country, had waged war for some two months. Now, said Berlin, they had been wiped out by seven German divisions. Apparently, like the Poles in Warsaw, they had started fighting too soon.

Slovakia, a communications keystone for the Germans in Poland, Hungary and Austria, had been governed from strategic Bratislava by puppet Dr. Josef Tiso. When the Balkans began to crack, the Germans prepared to move into Slovakia in force, occupy...

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