"All able-bodied men were impressed into the Volkssturm and given any weapon available. Knives, daggers and bayonets were collected and even museums were robbed of their ancient arms. Newspapers and radio stations summoned up visions a terrible and perhaps fatal crisis. The German home radio proclaimed: 'Victory or we perish!' Hitler's Völkischer Beobachter declared: 'This is the fatal showdown.'"
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