Re this Atlantic piece:
I have an example that makes this point, my uncle, my mothers uncle. Lt. Richard Rogers, US Army, KIA Lake Garda, Italy, 4/29/45. He was a Cretin grad.
In Italy the Wehrmacht and fascists had been cornered against the Alps, and surrendered on 4/28. But there was a news embargo, they wouldn’t broadcast it. So there were detached bands in the hills who didn’t know, and they kept lobbing shells and sniping.