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Destiny in the Desert: The road to El Alamein - the Battle that Turned the Tide by Jonathan Dimbleby

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– SIXTEEN –STRETCHED TO BREAKING POINT

‘Germans shut their eyes in order not to see. But this does not stop the more intelligent and more honest from thinking about what America can do, and they feel shivers running down their spines.’

Count Galeazzo Ciano

Hitler spent much of the spring on his Eastern front at the Wolfsschanze (Wolf’s Lair) in Eastern Poland, masterminding the plans for the next stage of his Russian campaign. According to Goebbels, who visited him there in March, 1942, the Führer seemed weighed down by the pressures of office. ‘He has already become quite grey and merely talking about the cares of the winter makes him seem to have aged very much.’ But his myopic certainties had not yet been contaminated by reality. Although ...

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