‘The American Army Makes an Impression’

Allied forces crossed the Rhine 75 years ago this week. Meanwhile, Germans in the small town of Laubach anxiously twirled the radio dial for the latest news. The town had been full of early enthusiasts for Nazism, and many were stunned by the prospect of defeat. The Third Reich would collapse in a mere six weeks, having destroyed Europe in a ferocious pursuit to rule it.

The region’s largest city, Frankfurt, had fallen quickly, and little Laubach was overflowing with panicked German soldiers fleeing Gen. George Patton’s Third…

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