Cruel World: The Children of Europe in the Nazi Web by Lynn H. Nicholas

By Lynn H. Nicholas

During this riveting, strong narrative, Lynn Nicholas exhibits how young children below the Nazis grew to become mere gadgets to be had to be used within the carrier of the totalitarian country. Nicholas recounts the euthanasia and eugenic choice, racist indoctrination, kidnapping and “Germanization,” mass executions, and slave hard work to which the Nazis subjected Europe’s little ones. She additionally captures the uprooted children’s look for their households within the aftermath of the warfare. A stressful and totally important paintings, Cruel World opens a brand new bankruptcy in global warfare II stories.

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Among the latter was Leutnant Hans Ehlers, who had been appointed Kapitan of 2. S t a f f e l just one week earlier. He was forced to bail out of his 'Black 5' after ramming a Flying Fortress close to the Dutch border. This was the future ace's fourth heavy bomber of the Defence o f the Reich campaign, his opening pair having been claimed during 'First Schweinfurt'. /JG 54 served as the 1. 'Fips' Philipp had previously on the eastern front. He had returned from Russia - wearing the Oak Leaves with Swords, and with a score of 2 0 3 victories - to assume command of the reconstituted J G 1 on 1 April 1943.

JG 26 attacked another group of bombers a few minutes later, but the Gruppe managed to down only one of them. This provided a second for 6. Staffel's Oberleutnant Walter Matoni. The Gruppe was, however, also credited with a Herausschuss and a 'final destruction'. /JG 1 into action. This Staffel was the forerunner of the specialised Sturmgruppen, whose heavily armed and armoured Fw 190s would be taking the leading role in Defence of the Reich anti-bomber operations in the not too distant future (for further details see Osprey Aviation Elite Units 20 - Luftwaffe Sturmgruppen).

JG 26 as they made their way back out over the Low Countries. Hauptmann Karl Borris' I. Gruppe was also fortunate enough to chance upon a small formation of some 20 unescorted B-l7s. After delivering a concerted frontal assault, the German pilots regrouped and came in again from the rear. /JG l's earlier attacks, all but one of their claims were allowed. /JG 26's Leutnant Karl Willius. It was his third heavy bomber victory of the Defence of the Reich campaign. /JG 1, did not claim his first Defence of the Reich heavy bomber until 11 January 1944, he had been a member of JG 1 for almost two years by then.

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