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How Fighting EndsA History of Surrender$
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Holger Afflerbach and Hew Strachan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199693627

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693627.001.0001

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German Soldiers and Surrender, 1945

German Soldiers and Surrender, 1945

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(p.369) 22 German Soldiers and Surrender, 1945
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How Fighting Ends
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John Zimmermann

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693627.003.0024

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

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