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By Randall Hansen

Within the final months of the conflict, Hitler ordered the poisoning, blocking off, and wrecking of all ports throughout Europe; the destruction of all industries, railroads, bridges, utilities offers, information and museums in Europe; and the destruction of the main attractive urban on this planet: Paris. because of the decision and bravado of some, together with those that paid with their lives, Hitler's orders have been frequently disobeyed. the outcome was once a profound and lasting impression at the conflict and its aftermath.

In this attention-grabbing and gripping ebook, Randall Hansen explores the extreme phenomenon of disobedience and its consequences.

Would Rommel have opened the Western entrance to the Allies on July 20, 1944 had he now not been shot up a number of days prior? Did Albert Speer single-handedly hinder the destruction of bridges, factories, towns,and all good points of civilized existence? Did the activities of 1 Prussian common shop Paris from overall devastation? Why have been a few German towns defended to the final guy, resulting in an exceptional demise and the cities' entire destruction, whereas others surrendered with no struggle?

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After several seconds of silence, Hitler asked: “Why must there be war? ” The führer concluded his six-hour presentation with a ringing admonition: “Have no pity. Have a brutal attitude! 5 million troops and hundreds of panzers that had already been secretly deployed along the frontier. m. After Hitler dismissed his commanders, they departed with set and seemingly anxious faces. None had asked a single question or spoken a single word that might be construed as questioning the führer’s judgment.

Stephenson’s cover story was that he had to go to Sweden to look after his commercial interests there. The secondary cover for the benefit of German intelligence was that he had come to sabotage Oxelosund’s loading ramps and cranes to keep the iron ore from being shipped. Actually, the Canadian would be on the trail of heavy water, and try to learn what progress the Germans had made toward building an atomic bomb. As expected, German agents soon learned of Stephenson’s arrival in Stockholm. It seemed logical to the Nazis that the destruction of Oxelosund’s facilities would badly cripple the German arms industry.

The new leader of the world’s Catholics’ first public message, read to the princes of the Church in the Sistine Chapel, was one of peace. qxd 12/10/01 8:55 AM Page 24 24 Heading toward the Brink Holy Office’s historical role to remain neutral in political conflicts and to strive to keep mankind free from war. Only a month after Pope Pius XII had been elected, however, he was being bombarded by ordinary Catholics around the world, especially those in English-speaking nations, asking him to intervene in the quarrels in Europe to prevent a major conflict.

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