F.A.Z. Chronicle of the last weeks of the war: May 5, 1945


Germany on the ground: In the spring of 1945, infantrymen from the American army looked for snipers from the Wehrmacht in the ruins of Zweibrücken.
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Parts of the 9th and 12th Army cross over the Elbe to American territory. The “government” Dönitz meanwhile is looking to continue the fight against the Red Army as long as possible. May 5, 1945 in the F.A.Z. Chronicle.

I.In 1945, the war that the Wehrmacht carried across Europe returned to its country of origin. Now millions in Germany fear for their lives and their future. While the front position is changing at an ever faster pace, the world of the post-war era is already emerging elsewhere. Adolf Hitler and his family hope to the end that the alliance of opponents will break up.

The Allies only really agree on one goal: Hitler and his regime must go, Germany and its allies must capitulate unconditionally. In the meantime, reconstruction is already being discussed in France. And Britain senses that the world power era is over. The most important events of the last weeks of the war:

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