New Year's Day, 1941, when the blitz against London was in full swing, Adolf Hitler predicted: "The year will bring the completion of the greatest victory in our history." A year later, while the U.S. was still reeling from the shock of Pearl Harbor, the Führer said: "1942 will bring the decision for the salvation of our nation. . . ." Last year he cried: "The day will come when one of the contending parties in this struggle will. collapse. It will not be Germany." As 1944 opened he said: "In this war...

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