Daily Archives: February 18, 2013

Nazi Germany calls for total war against Allies 70 years ago today (1943)

Video: Feb. 18, 1943 (at 9:45)

(Thursday, February 18, 1943; during World War II) — Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels called for total war in the Sportpalast speech delivered today at the Berlin Sportpalast to a large but carefully selected audience.

The speech was the first public admission by the Nazi leadership that Germany faced serious dangers following the defeat at Stalingrad to the Soviets and the call for unconditional surrender by the Americans and British.