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Give me your children, the elderlies and the sick so we can survive!

A 15-year-old Polish Jew was sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau in August 1944 where he lived a unique experience, survive the gas chamber. His name...

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Topics: World War 2, Nazi, Third Reich, Nazi, Waffen SS, Nazi, War Criminals, Nazi, Führer Adolf Hitler, World War Two, Nazi, Reichsführer of the SS, Heinrich L. Himmler, Nazi, Mein Kampf, Nazi, Stabschef of the Sturmabteilung, Ernst Röhm, Nazi, Reichsstatthalter Hermann Göring, Shoah, Ziklon B gas - Hydrogen Cyanide, Third Reich, Germany, Nuremberg Trial, Shoah, The Final Solution, Shoah, Jews, Shoah, France, Paris, Shoah, Poland, Warsaw ghetto, Shoah, Poland, WWII, UNESCO World Heritage, WWII 82nd Airborne Division, Nazi Party Chancellery leader, Martin Bormann, WWII 8th Infantry Division, Shoah Poland, Lodz Jews ghetto, Nazi, SS Hauptsturmführer Joseph Mengele, Shoah, Poland, Auschwitz survivor Joseph Wajsblat, Shoah, Poland, Auschwitz Birkenau

The Ghost of Normandy, the most decorated soldier of US History!

In February 1979 came a call from Chief Warrant Officer Carl Hansen of the Awards Office in the Pentagon. “Colonel Urban, I have some great news for you! On digging through our great volume of files, we have located a bona fide application for the Congressional Medal of Honor sent to us by Sergeant Earl Evans!”

Sergeant Evans spent the last months of the war in a German POW captured shortly after Matt Urban final evacuation from the front… and was the one pushing the U.S. administration to recognize the valor in action of his comrade when he came back safely home. It will take him almost 35 years to accomplish this administration crusade!

Why? Once you will have read the story of Matt Urban, you will understand why one comrade did this for another comrade!

Would you have done the same?

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Topics: France, Normandy, World War 2, Nazi, France, Normandy, Utah Beach, Third Reich, Nazi, Waffen SS, Third Reich, Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt, Third Reich, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, Nazi, Führer Adolf Hitler, France, Normandy American Cemetery, WWII Atlantic Wall, World War Two, WWII 1st US Army, WWII, US Navy, WWII, USA, Major General Charles Hunter Gerhardt, France, Normandy, Saint Lo, Nazi 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich, Third Reich, Wehrmacht, Operation TORCH, WWII, WWII 9th Infantry Division, France, Normandy, Cherbourg, UNESCO World Heritage, WWII 82nd Airborne Division, WWII, Royal Air Force (RAF), WWII Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Third Reich, Field Marshal Johannes Rommel, Third Reich Minister Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, WWII Arthur Harris, Air Force Commanding-in-Chief, WWII, RAF Bomber Command, WWII, Ninth Air Force, WWII Eighth Air Force, USAAF, WWII Combat Medic, WWII and WWI Battlefield Medicine, WWI and WWII Medics, Operation Cobra, France, Brittany American Cemetery, Medal of Honor, Matt Urban, WWII, 1940 Selective Training and Service Act, USA, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, WWII 3rd US Army camp Néhou, Normandy, WWII 39th Infantry Regiment, WWII 47th Infantry Regiment, Spain Agent Garbo, USA, The White House, Medal of Honor recipient, Operation Husky, WWII 60th Infantry Regiment, National Archives

87th Chemical Mortar Battalion: A life saving support for the infantrymen

Utah beach - Normandy American Heroes SUV

The 87th Chemical Mortar Battalion participated in the taking of the Cotentin Peninsula and Cherbourg harbor. 

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Topics: France, Normandy, World War 2, Nazi, France, Normandy, Utah Beach, WWII 101st Airborne Division, Third Reich, Nazi, Waffen SS, France, Normandy, D-Day, Operation Overlord, Operation Neptune, Third Reich, Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt, Nazi, Führer Adolf Hitler, WWII Atlantic Wall, WWII, England, Saunton Sands Beach, WWII 1st US Army Assault Training Center, WWII, England, Slapton Sands, World War Two, WWII 1st US Army, Operation TIGER, WWII, US Navy, WWII 4th Infantry Division, WWII 22nd Infantry Regiment, France, Normandy, Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, France, Normandy, Saint-Martin-de-Varreville, WWII 8th Infantry Regiment, WWII 12th Infantry Regiment, WWII Duplex Drive Amphibious DD tank, France, Normandy, Carentan-les-Marais, France, Normandy Azeville Battery, France, Normandy, Crisbecq Battery, France, Normandy Azeville German Battery, WWII, WWII 87th Chemical Mortar Battalion, WWII, England, RMS Queen Elizabeth, WWII 9th Infantry Division, WWII 79th Infantry Division, Montebourg, France, Normandy, Cherbourg, WWII 82nd Infantry Division, Third Reich, General Karl-Wilhelm von Schlieben, WWII, USA, General Joseph Lawton Collins, Third Reich, General Friedrich Karl A. Dollmann

The Schutzstaffel better known as the infamous SS

"We saved Europe from Bolshevism and Stalin. We eliminated the Jews who wanted to take control on us….. you should set up us statues”

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Topics: World War 2, Nazi, France Alsace, Third Reich, Nazi, Waffen SS, Nazi, Führer Adolf Hitler, Third Reich, General Heinz Guderian, Nazi 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich, France, Limousin, Oradour-sur-Glane massacre, Nazi, Waffen SS Massacre, Nazi, Schutzstaffel, SS, Nazi, Reichsführer of the SS, Heinrich L. Himmler, Nazi, Sturmabteilung, SA, Nazi, Mein Kampf, Nazi, Germany, Castle of Wewelsburg, Nazi, The Night of the Long Knives, Nazi, Stabschef of the Sturmabteilung, Ernst Röhm, Nazi, Reichsstatthalter Hermann Göring, Third Reich, Wehrmacht, Operation Barbarossa, Shoah, Ucrania, Babi Yar ravine massacre, Shoah, Ziklon B gas - Hydrogen Cyanide, Nazi 5th SS Panzer Division Viking, Nazi 12th SS Panzer Division Hitler Jugend, Nazi, Lebensborn Aryan children project, Nazi, Operation Aktion T4 mass murders, Nazi Einsatzgruppen SS paramilitary death squads, Third Reich, Germany, Nuremberg Trial, France, Alsace and Lorraine, Against Their Will

ROBERT HEBRAS THE LAST SURVIVOR OF THE ORADOUR-SUR-GLANE MASSACRE

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Topics: France, Normandy, World War 2, Nazi, Third Reich, Nazi, Waffen SS, Nazi, War Criminals, France, Normandy, D-Day, Third Reich, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, Nazi, Führer Adolf Hitler, World War Two, Nazi 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich, France, Limousin, Oradour-sur-Glane massacre, Nazi, Waffen SS Massacre, France, Martyr town, France, civilian Robert Hébras

The Major of Saint Lô

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Topics: France, Normandy, World War 2, Nazi, Third Reich, Nazi, Waffen SS, Third Reich, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, Nazi, Führer Adolf Hitler, France, Normandy American Cemetery, WWII 115th Infantry Regiment, WWII 175th Infantry Regiment, WWII 29th Infantry Division, WWII 116th Infantry Regiment, World War Two, WWII 1st US Army, WWII, Infantry, WWII, USA, Major General Charles Hunter Gerhardt, France, Normandy, Saint Lo, WWII, Task Force C of the 29th Infantry Division, Movie Saving Private Ryan, USA The Citadel Military College of South Carolina

Task Force C of the 29th Infantry Division: seize and hold Saint Lô

 

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Topics: France, Normandy, World War 2, Third Reich, Nazi, Waffen SS, Third Reich, Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt, Third Reich, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, WWII 115th Infantry Regiment, WWII 175th Infantry Regiment, WWII 29th Rangers Battalion, WWII 29th Infantry Division, WWII 116th Infantry Regiment, World War Two, WWII 1st US Army, WWII, Infantry, WWII, USA, Major General Charles Hunter Gerhardt, France, Normandy, Saint Lo, WWII, Task Force C of the 29th Infantry Division, WWII, USA, Major General Charles Harrison Corlett

The first men on d-day were the french S.A.S.

If someone had told us that we were about to die, no one would have believed him, we were so confident, we were like supermenJack Sibard

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Topics: World War 2, Nazi, Third Reich, Nazi, Waffen SS, France, Normandy, D-Day, Operation Overlord, Operation Neptune, France, Brittany

2nd SS PANZER DIVISION DAS REICH IN FRANCE

Created in 1925 the Schutzstaffel  became a huge militia to serve the Nazi party, a real state in the state. Those fighting divisions had the nickname of “fireman of the frontline”. The 2nd SS Panzer Division "Das Reich" was one of the 38 Waffen SS Divisions of the 3rd Reich.  

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Topics: France, Normandy, World War 2, Nazi, Third Reich, Nazi, Waffen SS

Against our will

 

 

“ I left Alsace the 27th of June 1944….I was 17 years old and I believed I would never come back”  Marcel Grob 11 October 2009 

 

From June 1942 until the end of the war one hundred thousand Alsatians and thirty thousand people from Lorraine joined the German Army and were enlisted by force in the Wehrmacht. But as of November 1943 the  Waffen SS seeing its numbers running low decided to recruit new soldiers. To do so SS Officers uses the “absolute kinship responsibility” Sippenhaft law, implemented by Heinrich Himmler after Operation Valkyrie in July 1944. According to Himmler it was a Germanic law created by their ancestors. Because of that thousands of teenagers all around the Reich were enlisted against their will. They had only one choice, join the Waffen SS or be killed….. 

 

In 1944 all Alsatians born in 1926 were enlisted by force for national service by order of Robert Wagner, Reich prefect in Alsace. He sent half of them in the Waffen SS. Even men born in 1908 and 1910 were enlisted. Marcel Grob was one of them, he joined Waffen the SS against his will or his family would have been  killed. He left his village of Kirchberg in Alsace for Stralsund, Germany. There, he and his comrades were trained, many of them didn't know what was going to happen. Some of them were crying, others didn’t say anything for days. As they were about to become SS', a tattoo with their blood group was tattooed on their arm (If a SS soldier needs blood, only another SS can give him his blood, according to Hitler). After two weeks of training Marcel and the rest of the company were woken up in the middle of the night and were gathered in the yard, two had tried to escape, Koenig and Riedweg . On their knees in front of their comrades both of them had their faces full of blood: “They are a shame for their family, they will be deported to a concentration camp for their treason…..” said the officer. He took his pistol and finally shot them in a head…

 

On September 12th 1944 Marcel was sent with his company in Italy near Emilia-Romagna not to fight against the Allies but precisely against the Italian resistance which had made life harder for the German Army. A few days later in their barracks, the Reconnaissance Battalion of the 3rd SS Panzer Division Totenkopf led by Sturmbannführer Walter Redder arrived. Redder attached to the 16th Panzer Grenadier Division decided to go to the village of Marzabotto  to clean it out of free fighters.

 

They arrived there on the 29th of September 1944, all inhabitants were inside the church for the mass, Redder asked to deploy the MG42 machine guns in front of the church’s door. The chaplain came out of the church to ask Redder what it was about. Redder told him “ Where are the communist resistance ? Our Intelligence Service found out that you hide them in your village !”, the chaplain replied “But Herr Sturmbannführer there are no free fighters here..only inhabitants without troubles...believe me” After a few minutes arguing with the chaplain, Redder shot a bullet in his head then yelled “Come on clean out this fucking village of communists, set fire to the houses and burn down the barns..!” All men started to shoot inside the church and threw their grenades through the windows. Watching this, Marcel and some men were petrified by fear, women, children, men everyone were screaming and crying. The church was on fire, and everyone was burning alive. Some people tried to escape through the windows, Redder yelled “ Come on did you hear the order ?” The officer who was in charge of Marcel’s company aimed his rifle Kar98k on a woman who was trying to escape with her baby saying “Come on go, leave, leave”. He shot on the floor. At his surprise he didn't know that Marcel was behind him. He told Marcel “You are a poor Alsatian say one word and you will be executed”. The rest of the men and those of the Totenkopf Division continued to kill and burn the rest of the village with its inhabitants. On their way back Marcel saw one of his comrades not doing well, he said holding his head: “ I'm not here for that, it is inhuman I want to vomit”.

 

In March 1945 Marcel Grob was recovering and healing at Lake Garda, a campaign hospital after having been wounded. One month later English soldiers arrived. Marcel hoped that the English would not discover that he was a SS thanks to a wound on his tattoo. But the Britannic found his military booklet. When the British officer called for Marcel Grob, he didn’t answer but one man from the Wehrmacht yelled “it’s him Herr Major, he dishonored the German army.”. British soldiers took him in a room to interrogate him “ Are you Marcel Grob of the SS Panzer Division? Marcel replied “Yes it’s me but I'm Alsatian, I’m  here “Against my will”.

 

As Marcel Grob, many other teenagers were enlisted in the Waffen SS against their will, just like Elimar Schneider enlisted by force in the Das Reich Division. Elimar was present with his battalion during the hangings of Tulle in June 1944 but didn’t take part in the massacre of Oradour-sur-Glane on the 10th of of June 1944. As it was proven that he saved a man from being hanged, Schneider was not charged during the Tulle trial. Pierre Torquebiau wrote, signed a paper and swore that Elimar saved his life at Tulle. As he wasn’t present at Oradour-sur-Glane during the massacre, he was never judged. 

 

 

“My honor is fidelity, run away is treason, disobeyed is treason and treason in the Waffen SS means dying….”  


Written by Pierre Fallet, trainee of Normandy American Heroes

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Topics: World War 2, Nazi, France Alsace, Third Reich, Nazi, Waffen SS, Nazi, War Criminals

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