German Soldiers and Surrender, 1945

John Zimmermann

in How Fighting Ends

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199693627
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741258 | DOI:
German Soldiers and Surrender, 1945

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This chapter deals with the German resistance in the last months of the war. It shows that the German resistance broke down after the Rhine crossing in March 1945 and that even in this hopeless military situation many soldiers tried not to become POWs, but to avoid fighting wherever possible by evading the enemy and by early retreats.

Keywords: surrender; retreat; POWs; German resistance

Chapter.  9249 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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