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Berga: Soldiers of Another War
Stories of Berga What Would You Do? Timeline & Maps Berga and Beyond War Crimes
Intro Part I. Identity Part II. Escape Part III. Sabotage Part IV. Death March
Part II. Escape -- You try to run, but are found and forced back to the march.Soldiers in barn
Part II. Escape -- You try to run, but are found and forced back to the march.

The soldiers marched 15 to 20 miles a day without food, though they were spared the outright massacre that was perpetrated against many of the marching political prisoners. Some soldiers left the march to forage the passing countryside for food. Some were caught and returned to the line. As the marching continued, the sounds of exploding artillery grew closer and closer. Eventually, the Nazis abandoned the marchers, who were soon greeted by the sight of American tanks. One soldier died in the jubilant moments of liberation, too weak or too excited to go on -- or perhaps both.


Political prisoners massacred along a death march.

There were two main groups of Berga soldiers along the death march. One was liberated by American forces in Fuchsmuhl, Germany on April 20, 1945; the other survivors were liberated in Cham, Germany on April 20, 1945.

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Hoping to hide their attrocities, the Nazis marched the P.O.W.s south.

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With American forces nearby, the Germans abandoned the prisoners.


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