On the eve of Waterloo, British officers danced till dawn. Last week, as another no less significant zero hour approached, Germans did equally strange things. Adolf Hitler, as well as Field Marshal Hermann Wilhelm Goring, Dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels, Goring's half-Aryan Air Chief of Staff, Colonel General Erhard Milch, and numerous high Army officers all went to the theatre. Ordinary Germans flocked to the just opened Kurfurstendamm street cafes where young couples enjoyed the privacy of darkness, and oldsters listened to the newest song hit, Woodpecker's Serenade. Foreign correspondents switched off...

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