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  • For the great majority of German soldiers life in WW2 (from June 1941 onwards) meant fighting on the Eastern Front. The casualty rate there was extremely high.
  • For ordinary civilians, everyday life involved increasing hardship, and from about April 1942 onwards the RAF in particular bombed the civilian population as a matter of policy.

I've said nothing about German Jews as their fate is sufficiently well known, but as we all know the fault is Hitler. Without him, Germany wouldn't have become tyrannous.

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In the early stages of the war most Germans on the home front lived quite comfortably. (Obviously, if the Nazi regime regarded you as an enemy, things were very different indeed). There were some shortages, especially of oil, many metals, building materials and to some extent also some foodstuffs. Genuine coffee was usually unobtainable. Germany was blockaded by Britain, but plundered the occupied countries ruthlessly. Late in 1941/early in 1942 the situation in Germany started to deteriorate.

The German advacnce into Russia had been halted just outside Moscow and Leningrad (St. Petersburg). Germany was now at war with the U.S. and an all out bid for victory in 1942, before America could bring its might to bear in Europe, became essential. For Germans living in the industrial areas of the Rhineland and the Ruhr, and close to the North Sea and Baltic coasts the RAF became a frequent and most unwelcome visitor by night. Late May 1942 saw the first ever 1,000 bomber raid (on Cologne). Some perceptive and courageous Germans began to ask why the Nazi regime seemed to be unable to protect its civilian population. Despite Nazi ideology, women were increasingly drafted into munitions factories and other jobs. As far as possible children and their mothers were evacuated from industrial areas. The unmentionable Holocaust was in full swing. Soldiers on leave from the Eastern Front told the 'folk back home' what was happening. Then, early in 1943, came the final defeat at Stalingrad and the start of the long retreat. Two weeks later Goebbels harangued a sympathetic audience and said that the government wanted 'total war, more total than has ever been fought before' and asked them if they wanted it. Time and again they screamed ecstatically 'Yes!' Late July/early August 1943 brought something that nobody had expected amid the talk about 'total war': RAF and USAAF bombers subjected Hamburg to the most devastating air raid suffered by any European city. About 45,000 people were killed and tens of thousands were wounded. This provided the regime with the excuse it needed to shut down most 'inessential' industries in many parts of the country. The German economy was finally placed on a war footing. It was obvious that things were not going well ... [To be continued] Joncey It would be going better if you had wrote the Rest Of your sentence

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Conditions in Germany changed considerably during World War II. After the German victory over France in 1940, living standards in Germany were quite high. However, from about 1942 onwards, especially after the Battle of Stalingrad, conditions for ordinary Germans became increasingly difficult. Moreover, people in the larger towns and cities had to cope with effects of Allied bombing.

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awesome. they killed a lot of jews. they should have killed more, but they still killed a lot.

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