World Battlefronts: The Mouthpiece Talks

Displaying a small white flag with a red cross on it, five men last week took a rowboat across the Elbe River to U.S. positions at Magdeburg. Out onto the shore stepped a jug-eared, thin-faced man in a carefully tailored Wehrmacht officer's uniform. He identified himself as Lieut. General Kurt Dittmar, "Mouthpiece of the Wehrmacht"—the highest ranking, most objective and (outside Germany) most seriously regarded war commentator on the German radio.

Dittmar said he wanted to arrange transfer of German wounded and civilians to the U.S. side. Major General Leland S. Hobbs, commanding...

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