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Diary October 18, 1944

Sundays military shooting of Volkssturm men
Volkssturm men pull Sundays in rank and file to ‘military shooting’, with which the SA operates the pre-military training.
War Diary for Wednesday, October 18, 1944:

Home Fronts

Germany: Deutscher Volkssturm established (equivalent to British Home Guard). Himmler speaks at first parade and calls on every German to resist impending invasion by guerrilla tactics. They must fight ‘like werewolves … Every house, every ditch … every cluster of trees will have to be defended.’
Greece: Government returns to Athens.

Eastern Front

Russians now hold 5 Carpathian passes on eastern borders of Slovakia.


Lieutenant-General ‘Vinegar Joe’ Stilwell, Deputy Allied Supreme Commander Southeast Asia, recalled to Washington.

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