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

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What’s more, the American press also played its part in the rumor mill. In January 1945, for instance, Collier’s magazine published a piece about secret Nazi resistance plans. That story was, furthermore, supported by a quote from Nazi propaganda head Joseph Goebbels. This read, “The enemy (invading German territory) will be taken in the rear by the fanatical population, which will ceaselessly worry him, tie down strong forces and allow him no rest or exploitation of any possible success.”

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Image: Georg Pahl
Image: Georg Pahl

And in March 1945 Goebbels would go on to reaffirm his belief in such a tactic. Specifically, in his so-called “Werewolf speech,” he demanded that the German people all join forces in battling the enemy. This was, though, something of a radical departure from the original Operation Werewolf plan, which asserted that only organized military forces should oppose the Allies on German soil.

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