World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF EUROPE: The Great Fear

As nearly as any German city has ever been in this war, Hamburg was dead last week. Its streets were twisting lanes through tumbled wreckage. A few busses crept along them, while cars equipped with loudspeakers called on the population to leave. Hamburg had no gas, no electricity, no water, little food. Money existed no longer — food, busses and trains were simply taken where they could be had and no one asked for payment. In the ruins, on the streets, in the branches of trees where bombs had blown them, lay the...

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