World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF GERMANY: Death Rattle

Throughout Germany the grey-green legions that once ruled Europe were now slack and disorganized in defeat—a soft, mushy mass of an army with only a few muscles of resistance. Cut in two by a U.S.-Russian meeting (see below), the Wehrmacht was all but cut into thirds and sixths. Bremen and Munich fell. The threat of a formidable national redoubt in the Alps was fast fading, and with it, the last German hope of delay.

In the two halves of Germany, Allied columns from the west were speeding down Autobahnen, hopping across rivers, rushing...