Many memorable battles were fought in many war fronts, towns, and cities during World War II. The battle of Nuremberg was among the fiercest of them all. Nuremberg was the soul of Nazi Germany, and it had been trampled ruthlessly during the fall of the city.
World War II was the consequence of unresolved differences between Germany and other nations in the aftermath of World War I. The deadliest war in history, World war II ended with the killing of over seventy million people. Germany and Italy had developed political ideologies of imperialism, racism, and fascism. Germany, Japan, and Italy came together as Axis of Evil to wage war against the whole of Europe and America. Italy’s invasion of Ethiopia in 1935 had triggered the hatred and ill-will of different countries and was a prelude to later day imperialism.
However, the invasion of Poland by Germany heralded the beginning of World War II. Britain, America, the Soviet Union, and France came together as Allied forces to counter the transgressions of the Axis of Evil. The war witnessed unprecedented destruction to lives and properties. Japan’s bombing of Pearl harbor invited the Americans to join hands with allied nations. World War II finally ended in 1945 following the decimation of Germany and the surrender of Japan. This marked the end of colonialism in many countries and paved the way for democracy.
One of the fiercest battles was the battle of Nuremberg in north Germany. The United States and its allies had taken control of towns and cities surrounding Nuremberg, which was of significant strategic value to Germany. However, Nuremberg would not fall without defiance.
Battle Of Nuremberg
The United States and allies forayed into southern Germany in February 1945. The forces marched on to conquer places of critical and strategic importance despite massive resistance put up by the Germans. In April, the allied forces captured the peripherals of Nuremberg. On the whole, the battle of Nuremberg lasted for five days. The Germans displayed stiff resistance while eking out desperate measures to prevent the allies. German General Karl Holz committed a blunder by not executing the plan of Adolf Hitler to avoid the advancing forces. Holz’s negligence was capitalized by the allied troops that had hopelessly outnumbered the Germans. However, on April 20th, Major General John W. O’Daniel had to deal with hordes of Adolf Hitler’s faithful soldiers who fought till death. The fall of Nuremberg was a severe setback and moral loss to Hitler and Nazi Germany.
Finally, the battle of Nuremberg ended on April 20th, leaving Germans on the brink of defeat in all fronts, including home. The disillusioned German witnessed imperialism in their backyard. Nuremberg sounded warning bells to other axis countries. Japan, by then, had suffered severe damage to its military resources and had started deploying suicide bombers to confront the allies. However, the Japanese were unaware of the advances in war technology, especially nuclear options. Eventually, the surrender happened with the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The Battle of Nuremberg dealt a mighty blow to the declining morale of the Germans. Nuremberg was the epicenter of Nazi ideology. The fall of Nuremberg showed the Germans the fallacy of assuming one’s superiority on others in terms of race and region.