September, 1939, Germany invades Poland. Hitler has begun his march across Europe. Germany's massive, long awaited, newly equipped army, known as the Wehrmacht, is the best army the world has ever seen. The innovative Panzers of the Blitzkrieg (Lightning War) plow through Poland. The harrowing Junkers "Stuka" Ju 87's screech over the cities, devastating the Poles. Germany's advanced weaponry, armored units, and disciplined troops are ready to take on the world. The countries surrounding Germany have no chance against them.
18 year old Obergefreiter Wilhelm Matthias Hennicke is a bright, eager recruit who is proud to serve in Germany's mighty Wehrmacht. He's been made a machine gunner in his regiment and knows everything there is to know about the sleek and innovative Maschinengewehr 34. He's only experienced mild encounters with Polish troops and hasn't experienced any real trouble on the front. Wilhelm has been a member of the Hitler Youth since 1933 and has made it his goal in life to serve on the battlefield for the Fatherland. His newlywed wife, Hildegard, prays for him every day back in their hometown Dresden in Saxony. Wilhelm writes her a letter every week.
Wilhelm tells Hildegard in his letters that he predicts the war will continue at least a year from now. He's certain nothing could stop the German Wehrmacht.