Franz and Hilda Mueller, quietly proud of their son who had given his
life for his country, huddled close to the radio. Since one of the tubes
was failing, it was difficult to follow what was being said. Franz wasn't
sure where he could get a replacement now that so much of everything
had been mobilized for the war effort. The speaker crackled. The listeners
leaned even more closely to hear the announcer.
morning we are honored to have Minister Joseph Goebbels, of the Reich
Ministry for People's Enlightenment, report to the German nation about
our splendid victory over the French warmongers who were threatening
our very existence:
to the German people. It is now over a month since Our Leader announced
that our victorious forces marched through the streets of Paris in
a rapid and virtually bloodless conquest. The war against this implacable
enemy of the German people is behind us. Crowds of well-wishers greeted
our motorized units as they drove through the city, festooning them
with flowers and thanking us for freeing them from their oppressors.
all major military combat operations are at an end, pockets of resistance
and acts of sabotage-undoubtedly financed and supported by foreign
influences-continue, but our brave German soldiers are swiftly eradicating
them. Our commanders in the field have informed us that foreign fighters
are being actively recruited by loyalists to the fallen government
to join the resistance against the occupation forces, and thus posing
a new challenge to our efforts to stabilize the country. We now have
reliable information that members of the underground Jewish network
that was responsible for the burning of the Reichstag are behind these
cowardly ambushes on our forces.
remnants and dangerous pockets of the old regime remaining loyal to
the ousted government are trying to kill and intimidate German soldiers-who
are bravely facing a continuing risk of danger and sacrifice in the
countryside-our military is acting decisively against these threats.
They have killed many so-called partisans during the past two days,
in battles against an increasingly sophisticated local resistance.
This futile resistance to our vast military power, however, is forcing
upon us a fundamental reassessment of the situation in terms of political
and military stability. But, let none of our enemies be mistaken,
we intend to eradicate these party loyalists, paramilitary groups
and other subversive elements engaging in acts of terror.
offensive, consisting of sweeps north and west of the capital, began
on Thursday night with an intense air strike to destroy what local
commanders have described as "a terrorist training camp."
Paratroopers from the 101st Storm Trooper division, as well as 3rd
Panzer corps soldiers then poured in to clear out the remaining fighters,
killing 97 of them. There is no question but that foreign recruits
used the camp, since our forces found extensive caches of guns and
ammunition as well as documents indicating their plans for further
now remains are only loose-knit groups of loyalists to the discredited
regime who have been responsible for growing sniper and other attacks
in recent weeks. These are little more than madmen who wish to engage
Our brave soldiers feel that continuing sweeps against these foreign
elements are a worthwhile effort on our part, something that reflects
the German spirit. They recognize the difficulty of the task, and
the almost daily killing of our brave soldiers is not interfering
with military efforts to restore security and normal life to that
is not guerrilla warfare. It is not close to guerrilla warfare, because
it's not coordinated, it's not organized and it's not led. Only a
handful of terrorists are involved in these attacks on German troops.
In some cases these mercenaries are actually being paid to kill our
soldiers. A reliable source in the fields has reported "They
have put a bounty on shooting and trying to kill German soldiers,
but their efforts are militarily insignificant, and we are making
good progress in eliminating these treacherous creatures."
people are the last remnants of a dying cause, since our forces of
liberation have the sympathy of the entire population.
the deaths of German troops generate a deep sorrow, the German people
know the sacrifices are worthwhile in order to bring about a New World
Order led by our great Leader.
and Hilda Mueller stood, faced the photograph of their dead son on
the radio, raised their right hands high and shouted, "Heil Hitler."
by John A. Broussard