In fact, it was apparent to some Nazis that the whole Werewolf operation was almost certainly doomed to failure. For example, SS Obersturmbannführer Otto Skorzeny, a battle-hardened soldier, was tasked with training the Werewolves in early 1945; moreover, he was of the opinion that these units would never be capable of posing a real threat to the invading enemy.
And those on the Allies’ side seemed to recognize that the German units were intending to fight in enemy territory. At least, an August 1944 report in the British News Chronicle theorized as much. It read, “The war will go on – underground. Allied military patrols will be ambushed… administrators assassinated… commanders will die mysteriously. Hitler and the Nazis – particularly Himmler – have learned from their own bitter experience how effective the underground resistance can be.”