ARGENTINA: Last of the Wehrmacht

In a quiet suburb of Buenos Aires last week, one of Adolf Hitler's old generals held a staff conference with his top officers. Elsewhere in the city, some 200 other officers and men of the Wehrmacht Special Division R (for Russian) gathered in study groups and pored over military textbooks. By day, they were grocery clerks, railway engineers or textile workers; by night, they were heel-clicking soldiers unswervingly loyal to a general, who calls himself Arthur Holmston.

While the general and his men could claim to be the last openly functioning unit of Hitler's army, they grandiosely prefer to...

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