On 30 Jan 1943 the British Royal Air Force began a bombing campaign on the German capital that coincided with the 10th anniversary of Hitler’s accession to power.
To celebrate the anniversary of Hitler’s 1933 becoming the head of the German government, both propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels and head of the Luftwaffe Hermann Goering planned to give radio addresses to the German people. Goebbels would hail an impending victory in Russia, saying “A thousand years hence, every German will speak with awe of Stalingrad and remember that it was there that Germany put the seal on her victory.” As the speeches were broadcast, RAF fighters rained bombs on Berlin, the beginning of devastating attacks on German cities that would last until the very end of the war. To make matters even worse for the Germans, the next day a massive surrender of German troops occurred at Stalingrad.
Let’s remember to keep our military strong–while we cut our nation’s budget. I think the Departments of Education and Energy could go with little negative impact.