(CONTINUED ... ) THE ENVIABLE HIGH MORALE of General Anders' Polish
troops and the accounts of their PASSIONATE FIGHTING strengthened each other and their
flanking units. German troops, instead, shared their worries and weakened each other, thus increasing the attrition caused by fear, which was distressing Germany's fighting men.
Wehrmacht commanders and their leaders had been totally unprepared for such
a psychological event taking place
in their ranks. Officers, from Lieutenants to
Generals, had difficulty recognizing it. Their own anxiety covered it up.
The 2PLCorps had delivered an EPIDEMIC OF FEAR.
But, German officers had neither been
trained nor had any experience in the detection and management of FEAR!
German leaders did not understand the effective contagious mechanism
that fear can produce among beleaguered troops.
Instead, German leaders stayed focused on who they
should blame for having units in retreat with huge battle losses ... while all
along — they were unknowingly standing —
— in the middle of an invisible epidemic !!
With the speed of modern communications, the
alarming dismay of Polish retaliation preceded the Wehrmacht's retreat in Italy,
going far beyond the Alps and spreading forward to plague the souls of German troops everywhere
even in Normandy ... in the heart of Germany.
It would tarnish their glory and make them weak.