The fall of Berlin, 1945, part 3/X

2014-12-12

in Bombs and rockets, Writing

“On March 6 [Major General Hellmuth] Reymann assumed command. Within a few hours he made an appalling discovery. Although Hitler had declared Berlin a Festung, the fortifications existed only in the Fuhrer’s imagination. There was no plan, there were no defenses and there were virtually no troops. Worse, no provision had been made for the civilian population; an evacuation plan for the women, children and old people simply did not exist.”

Ryan, Cornelius. The Last Battle. 1966. p. 65 (italics in original)

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