Hitler Orders the Flooding of the Underground Railway

Posted: July 29, 2010 in World War 2

“Then he gave one of the most inhumane orders…”

When we arrived for the talk, Hitler rose & we followed him into the conference room. Though no encouraging message from Wenck had been received, Hitler continued to clutch at that straw. Regardless of the fate of the starving, thirsting & dying population, he was determined to postpone the inevitable & even further. & then he gave one of the most inhumane of all his orders: because the Russians had repeatedly thrown back the German lines by advancing through the underground & other railway tunnels to attack the German forces from the rear, he now detailed special units to open the locks of the river Spree, thus flooding the railway tunnels south of The Reich Chancellery. These tunnels were crammed with civilians & thousands of wounded. They were no longer of interest to him. His insane order cost the lives of many people.

Boldt, Die Letzten Tage der Reichskanzlei (The Last Days of the Reich Chancellery), April 26-27th, 1945

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