Hitler’s Last Year

On the 8th of May 1945, a darkness was lifted across Europe and the world as people celebrated victory over Nazi Germany. From the D-Day landings on the beaches of Normandy in June 1944 it took almost a full year to win the war.

Facing defeat Adolf Hitler became evermore relentlessly determined to fight to the very finish. As his Third Reich collapsed around him the brutality of the warfare and the fanaticism of the Nazis only increased, those 11 months turned out to be the most relentless and brutal period of the Second World War, leaving an eternal scar on the hearts of those who survived.

 

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  • KarlBarks

    Not so much about Hitlers Last Year more of an effort by an American publication to disparage the British.Who would have thought it!

    D-Day was not a predominantly American effort. Rather, it was an Allied effort with, if anything, Britain taking the lead. Yes, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, the supreme Allied commander, was American, but his deputy, Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder was British, as were all three service chiefs. Air Marshal Sir Arthur “Mary” Coningham, commander of the tactical air forces, was also British.
    The plan for Operation Overlord — as D-Day was codenamed — was largely that of Gen. Bernard Montgomery, the land force commander. The Royal Navy had overall responsibility for Operation Neptune, the naval plan. Of the 1,213 warships involved, 200 were American and 892 were British; of the 4,126 landing craft involved, 805 were American and 3,261 were British.

    Indeed, 31% of all U.S. supplies used during D-Day came directly from Britain, while two-thirds of the 12,000 aircraft involved were also British, as were two-thirds of those that landed in occupied France. Despite the initial slaughter at Omaha, casualties across the American and British beaches were much the same. This is not to belittle the U.S. effort but rather to add context and a wider, 360-degree view. History needs to teach as well as entertain

    • KarlBarks

      Also it should be noted that of the armies landing that day two were British two were American and one Canadian.Canadians making the most headway.You won’t hear that on here either

      • Leslie Graham

        I was about to interject that there were thousands of Canadians and they did better than the Yanks but you beat me to it.
        The American revisionism concerning the last war is simply disgusting. It is also insulting to their own people. Britain saved the US from the NAZIs by beating their airforce and thus preventing them taking over our resources and being able to turn their full attention to beating Russia. If they had beaten Britain at that time the US was next. But to hear Hollywood tell it it was the other way round. And most of them actually believe it!!

        • KarlBarks

          For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Chuck him out, the brute!”
          But it’s “Saviour of ‘is country” when the guns begin to shoot;
          An’ it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ anything you please;
          An’ Tommy ain’t a bloomin’ fool — you bet that Tommy sees!

        • Roy Stanforth

          Roosevelt secretly supported and supplied the British for 2 years prior to our involvement. The British cities, airmen and soldiers took the brunt of an unfettered Nazi assault by themselves for TWO years. Amazing generation of Brits. Churchill still wanted to attack through Italy and not western Europe in 1942. Took all the Allies to win WW2 including the Russian military and civilian population. many other Canadians, Australians, Indians, Free French and countless others !!!!!!!!!!

    • nsecchi

      This can only be settled on the field of battle.