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From the May 7, 1945 Edition of Stars and Stripes

LONDON, May 6 (UP).–Germany has an army of approximately 1,765,000 troops opposing the Allies in Europe, according to a military commentator here.

These troops, which, if consolidated in one cohesive force, would still be a formidable fighting arm, are split up in pockets and isolated regions, extending from Norway to the Aegean Sea and from Estonia to the French coast.

The commentator said that the bulk of the forces are concentrated in Czechoslovakia, Austria and Jugoslavia, where and estimated 1,030,000 troops are still holding out.

Breakdown of Figures

This is the breakdown of the Wehrmacht according to the commentators figures:

Czechoslovakia: 25 divisions of approximately 550,000 men. Austria: Remnants of 35 divisions or about 450,000 men. Jugoslavia: 13 divisions or about 130,000 men. Aegean Sea (Rhodes, Crete): About 25,000 men. Pockets along with the French coast: 110,000 men.

A breakdown of the French pockets: St. Nazaire–35,000 men: Dunkirk–15,000 men: Channel Islands–30,000 men: Lorient–30,000.

The commentator said that these figures include regular soldiers, SS, Air Force and Todt workers. No estimate was made on the number of Navy men.

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German prisoners of war march pass soldiers of the Royal Air Force in Croatia.

2,000,000 at One Swoop

The shrinkage of the German Army was drastic in a week as the result of the sensational surrender of 2,000,000 men–1,000,000 in northern Italy and western Austria and 1,000,000 in Holland, Denmark and northwestern Germany.

A competent military source estimated that the Wehrmacht compromised 8,000,000 men at the peak of its power following the fall of France. He pointed out that this does not represent the total man power injected into the fighting forces where a turnover was calculated by some 300 percent as the result of losses in the Eastern and Western and Italian and African fronts.

An estimated 3,600,000 prisoners were taken on the West front alone since D-Day.

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