One, they didn't know the state of things. Germany was still telling them they were winning. It's not like they'd just take the Allies word for it that Germany was losing.
Two, by the bitter end, Germany had already exhausted most of its experienced troops, so Germany drafted 12-, 13-, 14-year-old boys in its last ditch effort. If you've ever met a 12-, 13-, 14-year-old boy, you know that they each think they're invincible, and for their friends, for their team, they'll sooner die than give up, but they really don't think they're going to die. Boys that age haven't even developed their frontal lobes yet and so haven't developed the logic area of their brains, so expecting a logical response from them, one that has them giving up when for years they've been told they can't lose because they're the Master Race, that's just not in the cards, wasn't ever going to happen. It was actually quite difficult at the end because of this, because Allies were seeing through their guns' scopes kids, boys, boys often still prepubescent because of malnutrition, and were refusing to shoot them, so at the end, those boys actually fared fairly well as the Allies went about trying to capture and detain rather than kill kids who were perfectly willing to shoot and kill them.
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