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Walking route out of Berlin, 1945; visibly losing teeth

Setting: Berlin, early 1945 (the last few months of the war)

1. I have a group of children, aged between 5-15, who decide that the best way to get out of Berlin is by walking. For obvious reasons, they want to head west. Some of the older girls were members of the BDM (League of German Girls) and would have a basic awareness of local hiking routes - there's also a League leader who could offer advice, though she isn't going with them.

So what I'd like to add is some kind of reference to possible routes for them to walk. 'Through the x forest and then head towards Y' or something. These routes are pretty much theoretical - they won't know the actual military situation, of course. (And they don't actually end up walking out of Berlin.)

I'm going through info on a website that has some scans of BDM magazines, but so far I haven't found what I'm looking for, so hopefully someone has an idea.

2. I realized that with such an age range, several of the kids will be in the process of losing their baby teeth. Now, I can see from t'internet that this starts around age 6 and goes through around age 12, but what I'm having more trouble figuring out - because I don't have a seven-year-old handy - is which ages is the tooth loss *visible* (to someone who isn't specifically looking in their mouths)? I can find the order in which the teeth fall out, but I don't know how long that's all likely to take.

I'm specifically interested in ages 7 through 9.

Thanks!
Tags: 1940-1949, germany: history, ~child development (misc), ~world war ii
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