The war in Europe ended on May 8, 1945, but that did not mean that the average German soldier was out of danger.
On the Eastern Front local partisan groups were marauding through the countryside looking to take final revenge on the German occupation forces. Capture by the Russians was also something to be feared.
Even capture by the Americans meant exposure to the elements, disease and possible starvation in the Wiesenlager (Meadow Camps).
The memoirs of a simple German soldier caught up in the danger and defeat are now online in English translation.
Please stop by, take a look, and get a feel for the first chaotic days following the cessation of hostilities on the Eastern Front.
See the section entitled: “Aftermath – P.O.W.”