World Battlefronts, STRATEGY: Declaration and Plan

Surrounded by the gilded cupids of Berlin's Kroll Opera House, facing the upturned faces of the puppet Reichstag. Reich Marshal Hermann Goring declared with beefy deference: "Führer, speak to us."

The Führer spoke: "Italy, Germany and Japan will henceforth conduct in common and jointly a war which has been imposed on them by the United States of America and England....

"We will always strike first. We will always deal the first blow."

By the time this shrill declaration was made there was no longer reason to doubt that Germany had already dealt...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!