1954: Michael Manning, the last hanged in Ireland 1945: The women of the Endphaseverbrechen at Neuengamme

Themed Set: The Death Rattle of the Third Reich

April 21st, 2012 Headsman

On April 30, 1945, Adolf Hitler committed suicide, leaving his associates to face the music for World War II.

From the rich mine of Soviet wartime propaganda posters at Davno.ru (also see its Victory Day cards).

The days preceding Hitler’s demise had seen a fascist state that once stretched from the Atlantic to Moscow (almost to Moscow) hemmed into vanishing pockets, spiraling towards certain capitulation.

Resistance really was futile.

Nevertheless, resistance was as ferocious as Nazi Germany’s remaining resources could permit, and as cruel in its way as anything in those cruel years. Each dwindling day brought among its privations fresh executions, deaths without meaning or grandeur, vindictive and cynically apportioned deaths mopping up old enemies and settling old scores, most every one without the slightest effect upon the the war’s resolution.

On this day..

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7 thoughts on “Themed Set: The Death Rattle of the Third Reich”

  1. Omegaman says:

    ??? ????? ? ?????????? ??????! = So it will be with the Fascist beast!

  2. Omegaman says:

    Thanks for the link to the propaganda posters. I can never get enough of these.

    This one is particularly good.

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