Lifetime in World War 2 Germany

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MILITARY DEFEAT

*German civilians knew how badly things were going on the frontline. Defeats on the scale of Stalingrad 1944 & Kursk (1943) were too big to cover up

*Fighting on the retreat meant increased casualties.

DISLOCATION & DISRUPTION

*Retreat meant large numbers of evacuees and refugees. In 1945, 5 million civilians living in Eastern parts of Germany became refugees.

SHORTAGES & HARDSHIP

*Rationing became increasingly severe. Food & fuel became increasingly scarce.

*Shortages depressed morale. Mothers were worst affected - wondering how they would feed their families.

THE IMPACT OF BOMBING

*1943-45 German cities came under intense…

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