May 1, 2012

Donitz: Saving Germany in Dying Days of Third Reich

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If we want to understand Großadmiral Dönitz' actions in the last few months of the Second World War and why he was tried at Nuremberg, we have to go back as far as the second half of the year 1944, when the time for stunning German victories was over for good.


At that time, the Wehrmacht was engaged on the Eastern Front in an increasingly desperate struggle to defend the German countries of Eastern and Western Prussia against an overwhelming Soviet superiority. To support the forces of the German Army, the last remaining big surface units of the German Navy, pocket-battleships, heavy and light cruisers, were assembled in a task force providing heavy artillery gunfire to halt or delay the advance of the Soviet Red Army.


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