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This week in the War, 16–22 April 1945: Birthday in the bunker

Hitler’s birthday, 20 April, was a special day in the Nazi calendar and normally a cause for parades and festivities across the German Reich. Not long before the beginning of the war, 20 April 1939, Hitler had celebrated his 50th birthday. … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 2–8 April 1945: Hitler settles scores with the Abwehr

This week in the war, on 8 April (some say 9 April) 1945, Hans von Dohnanyi was hanged at Sachsenhausen concentration camp. On the following day, 9 April 1945, Admiral Wilhelm Canaris, Major General Hans Oster, and Lutheran pastor, Dietrich Bonhoeffer … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 26 March–1 April 1945: Hitler goes into his bunker

On 1 April 1945, Adolf Hitler vacated his apartments and his headquarters in the Reich Chancellery and descended into his bunker beneath the Reich Chancellery gardens: the Fuehrerbunker. From then on, he lived below ground and only occasionally ventured to … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 24–30 July 1944: Heil Hitler salute is made compulsory for the German armed forces

To confirm their loyalty following the 20 July bomb plot, from 24 July 1944 onwards, members of the German armed forces were required to use the ‘Heil Hitler’ salute, the  Hitlergruss. The salute had long been a common form of greeting throughout … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 21–27 June 1943: Baldur von Schirach falls from grace

This week in the war, on 24 June 1943, the one-time Hitler Youth Leader (Reichsjugendführer) Baldur von Schirach quarreled with Hitler over the need to make peace with the Allies. Although Hitler did not dismiss him from his post of … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 5–11 April 1943: Hitler and Mussolini meet in Salzburg

This week in the war, on 7 April 1943, Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini met in Salzburg to discuss the military situation. Axis forces had suffered major defeats and were on the defensive both in Tunisia in North Africa following … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 15–21 March 1943: Trying to kill Hitler

This week in the war, on 21 March 1943, Wehrmacht colonel, Rudolf Christoph von Gersdorff attempted to blow himself up beside Hitler, and alongside Goering, Himmler and Doenitz, too. It was not the first attempt on the Fuehrer’s life, and … Continue reading

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