Saturday, February 23, 2013

Feb

23

1943

British intelligence analyses German morale

As the news of the Stalingrad defeat sunk in, many Germans were suddenly a lot less confident about the outcome of the war.

Generally speaking, German morale is passing through a much more critical stage than in any previous winter of the war. German opinion no longer displays, either at the level of the masses or among the privileged classes, that uniformity which has hitherto characterised it, and which may be regarded as the hallmark of a successful totalitarian state. Large numbers of people have begun to compare 1943 with 1918, to ask whether the war has reached its turning point and to cast about for a third alternative open to the German people between Nazi victory and Russian vengeance.