GERMANY: The Defeated & the Fanatics

Death rattled in the throat of the Nazi Reich. And as the Caliban State, which Hitler had prophesied would last a thousand years, threshed and trembled in its last agonies, 80,000,000 Germans were cast into chaos.

Across the shrinking Nazi realm writhed columns of civilian refugees, hungry, pan icky, desperate. Remnants of the Wehrmacht, cut off, cut up, were dissolving into a hopeless, fugitive mob. Great centers like Frankfurt (see below) and Mannheim had become ghost cities, stark in their architectured wreckage, starker in their human disintegration. The few Germans left behind...

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