GERMANY: Finality

The last vision of victory was fading, and in the German mind sounded the brassy strains of a Götterdämmerung, the twilight of a nation.

Nazi Newsman Rudolf Sparing reported in an unprecedented, probably exaggerated and almost masochistic vein: "Allied air raids on Dresden . . . caused the greatest destruction a big urban area has ever suffered. . . . Catastrophe without parallel. Not a single . . . building remains intact or even capable of reconstruction. The town area is devoid of human life . . . wiped from the map of Europe. . . ."

And from the Siegfriedian...

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