Three members of the "Volkssturm" armed with Panzerfausts prepare for battle in Berlin, March, 1945. Towards the end of the war Hitler authorized the creation of a new "volunteer" unit that would allow older members of German society to fight against the Allies. You were order to join up or be killed but it was broadcasted as a "volunteer" unit, many faces death either way. Before they would send you out into combat you'd initially get some brief training. It only lasted for a couple of hours and you were mainly trained on how to use just a Panzerfaust, the Germans main anti-tank weapon. These Panzerfausts were super deadly and had a max range of effectiveness at 150m, any tank in that range would be decimated. Hundreds of thousands of "Volkssturm" soldiers took to the streets in and outside of Berlin in an attempt to stop the waves of Soviet armor that were pounding their city. They were ordered to jump out in front of the tank and fire their Panzerfaust's, they usually were able to destroy the tanks but ended up killing themselves. Many of the "Volkssturm" members capitulated and were released shortly after the war but some,as stated earlier, continued to fight and die for a lost cause. Thousands of old men (whom the majority of the "Volkssturm" were) were killed in the fighting and the majority never even destroyed their intended targets but were killed trying to escape them.