World Battlefronts: Men Wanted

Adolf Hitler needed men last week for his counteroffensive in Russia. Willingly or not, German-occupied and -puppetized countries were being drained of fighting-age men.

In the beginning it had been a different story. Then the Führer graciously opened German ranks for non-German volunteers who wanted to help in the mass extermination of Communism. Gaunt, gimpy little Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels cunningly stressed racial and religious differences to realize the Führer's vision of allied legions swarming from Europe's four corners.

For some it was a matter of question able honor but material gain. The...

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