When The Nazis Realized They Were Losing WWII, Hitler Decided To Unleash Operation Werewolf

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Image: Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Image: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Nazi Party leaders in Germany’s regions were to be the recruiting agents for the new secret formations. Some 5,000 fighters were subsequently given instruction in guerrilla warfare, with most of those drawn from the Hitler Youth and the SS. However, these soldiers were hamstrung by the same problems facing the rest of the German army. Namely, they had a critical lack of supplies and equipment.

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Image: Deutsches Bundesarchiv
Image: Deutsches Bundesarchiv

The training of the would-be Werewolves involved instruction in making improvised bombs, assassination and arson attacks. One somewhat bizarre tactic that the die-hard Nazis were to learn was the ability to leap into a guard post and kill the occupant in a single silent action. The weapon for this deadly activity was to be a yard of string.

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