Somewhere in Valhalla an unseen hand struck a mighty cymbal note, and the sound of doom was heard across Germany.
All week long its clangor rang in Adolf Hitler's ears:
> In Sicily, resistance crumbling.
> In Italy, progressive collapse.
> In Russia, ominous summertime defeat.
> From Sweden, a blow that hurt as much as defeat in battle (see p. 25).
> From the bomb-shambles that once was Hamburg, civilian jitters spreading through the Reichmaking it necessary to evacuate Berlin, sending a million homeless Germans shuffling down roads to nowhere, rousing scared...