Hitler's lies keep his Allies onside
7th April 1943: The war must go on in the East - and there will be no withdrawal from North Africa
In aftermath of the disaster at Stalingrad Hitler had to face his Allies and get their continued support for the war. He held a series of meetings with the leaders of Rumania, Italy and Hungary at the Klessheim palace in Austria - well out of range from Allied bombers. Here he maintained the fantasy that the Axis powers could still win the war.
The Italian leader Mussolini in particular favoured coming to terms with the Soviets so that the Axis forces could focus on the war in the West.
But no one could penetrate Hitler’s lies, subterfuge and self-deception. After the war the Russians interrogated Hitler’s personal aides and built up a picture1 of how he maintained the charade: