GI's, holding plates heaped with food, grin broadly as they pass thru the chow line in the mess hall at Poltava Airbase, a shuttle bombing base in Russia. The Thanksgiving dinner, served by Russian girls, was the first meal prepared in the newly-opened mess hall. November 1944.
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Gotthard Heinrici, considered by some the best defensive general in the entire German Army in World War II. He was one of the few generals to defy Hitler; he protected his men and rarely failed to halt the Russian advance despite the odds. Outnumbered more than 20 to 1 outside Berlin, he managed to hold off the Russians for almost a week while inflicting enormous casualties. When the battle seemed lost, he sent his men home rather than let them die fighting.