Attached is a 1945 report by the U.S. Department of War concerning the strengths and weaknesses of the German soldiers in retreat:
"The German soldier is one of several different types depending on whether he is a veteran of 4 or 5 years, or a new recruit. The veteran of many fronts and many retreats is a prematurely aged, war weary cynic, either discouraged and disillusioned or too stupefied to have any thought of his own...The new recruit, except in some crack SS units, is either too young or too old and often in poor health."
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