By David Yelton, Seán Ó'Brógáin
The production of the German domestic shield or Volkssturm on 18 October 1944 was once a determined degree by means of the Nazi regime to make use of each on hand manpower source of their last-ditch makes an attempt to hold up their inevitable defeat. All able-bodied men among the a long time of sixteen and 60 who weren't already participants of the German military have been conscripted into one association. the purpose of the Volkssturm was once to shore up the safeguard of the Reich, but in addition to limit any attainable rebel or dissent via exercise army self-discipline over the whole male inhabitants of struggling with age. This Nazi myth used to be the construction of a brand new strength of highly-motivated Aryans devoted to the heroic protection in their place of birth. notwithstanding, the Volkssturm failed because of bad gear, loss of education, and coffee morale. males who had no event of wrestle and very little inclination to struggle, and who had no real interest in the Nazi regime came across themselves despatched into conflict opposed to most unlikely odds and reaching little or not anything. the point of interest of the e-book is the portion of Germany's western entrance the place the Volkssturm fought in useless to gradual the development of Canadian forces and the place the desertion expense used to be very excessive. David ok. Yelton follows the event of a Volkssturm conscript from his call-to-arms, into motion and during to his seize and time as a POW, analyzing his own response to the production of the German domestic shield and his reaction to the combating into which he used to be thrust.