World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF GERMANY: Heartbreak House

The smell of doom lay heavy on the German air. Almost every German could smell it. The incredible Nazi failure at the Remagen bridge last week sluiced U.S. troops over the Rhine, and Marshal Zhukov's men were pouring over the Oder east of Berlin [see below']. Now, at last, the battle was being joined in the final arena.

Said Paul Joseph Goebbels "The war has passed its climax. This, however, will not mean that the intensity will lessen. On the contrary, in its last phase, there will be a brio furioso of arms, and a sudden end."

Colonel General Heinz Guderian,...

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