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Old January 21st, 2015, 09:11 AM   #11

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Why didn't they continue fighting against the Allies? You would think a military as indoctrinated and ideologically driven as they were would fight until the very end, which it seems only small numbers of them did. So why the massive surrenders?
They were certainly dedicated to the cause, but that will only take a man so far. People don't want to die.
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What was the German strength in May when they surrendered? Estimates I've heard for January 1945 claims Germany could still field like 5 million men in the field.
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What was the German strength in May when they surrendered? Estimates I've heard for January 1945 claims Germany could still field like 5 million men in the field.
Just guessing, but I figure that sounds a tad too high. By the end of the war I wouldn't be surprised if they only had some hundreds of thousands left.
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Just guessing, but I figure that sounds a tad too high. By the end of the war I wouldn't be surprised if they only had some hundreds of thousands left.
The figure of 5 million soldiers is not far from truth. The western allies held 3.4 million Germans as SEP or DEF and a bit more than 1 million soldiers surrendered in 1945 to the Soviets. Of course are these 5 million not all combat forces or field army. There are many from replacement and trainings units, from schools, wounded, supply troops etc.
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Just guessing, but I figure that sounds a tad too high. By the end of the war I wouldn't be surprised if they only had some hundreds of thousands left.
Maybe on the Western front. On the Eastern front prior to the battle of Berlin, there were about a million men facing the Soviets.
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