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WWII refugee children gazing at the Statue of Liberty from the railing of a boat as they arrive in America in 1946. (Jerry Cooke/Pix Inc./The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #StatueOfLiberty#WWII#Refugees
"It was like fire all around us" -
Here is a short veterans account of his crossing of the Roer River and the drive into Germany: "As we approached the city of Rheinberg the column was stopped and we were called up to go ahead, so we passed up the Cavalry. At first there was open country and we fanned out in a pyramid formation on the left side of the road, but as we approached Rheinberg the forest closed in, so we pulled back upon the road in a column formation. As we entered the populated area the homes had white sheets hanging from the windows as if to say "we surrender". Then all HELL broke loose. There was German 88 MM anti-tank guns that surrounded the city at about 100 feet apart. Each German soldier carried 2 Panzer Faust's. These were somewhat like bazookas, but much larger. They had a large cone shaped warhead that was about 6 inches diameter for about 2" in the center and tapered off each end. The front had a blunt nose about 3 inches in diameter and the back end was a rocket about 2 inches in diameter. The rocket fit inside of a tube or barrel. After firing, the barrel was thrown away. When the warhead hit a tank it blew a 3 inch hole and spewed molten metal around the inside of the tank killing all those inside. The one disadvantage of Panzer Faust's was the range, which was only 80 yards. The 88 MM guns were better than anything we had. They had so much velocity that the projectiles could go through our tanks and out the other side or at an angle would go in an ricochet around the tank usually killing all inside the tanks. That actually happened to one of the tanks and one of the guys that were in it told us about it later. He said it was like fire all around him. Boy, was he lucky. There were tanks burning up and down the road in front of us. We were the 12th tank in the column and had stopped. CONTINUED DOWN BELOW IN THE COMMENTS! #art#tanks#blue#bleu#germany#roer#xxxtentacion#imback#story#stories#aesthetic#storytime#knowledge#know#ww2#wwii#worldwar2
‼️ SGT. IVAN NAYDENOV FACES OFF THE WHITE TIGER ‼️
SGT Naydenov prayed to the God of Tanks and was able to speak to tanks. Especially destroyed tanks. Many were victims of the White Tiger
The God of Tanks gave him a mission. Destroy the White Tiger, the representation of war and Facism, and bring back peace on Earth
Sur la route du retour à la maison, un nom est apparu, un nom qui sonne le glas dans la mémoire, celui d'où résonne les cris, les pleurs et la mort. Oradour sur Glane, un nom qu'on ne doit pas oublier pour les 642 martyrs, femmes, enfants et hommes d'un petit village frappé par la barbarie implacable des troupes nazis, le 10 juin 1944 ! Passant n'oublie pas et souviens toi ! #Remember#Memory#WWII
"It seems that the commander of the Morrocan Zouaves, leading the attack gave his men an odious order: 'My friends, I have no orders to give, but you already know what I expect you to do in an attack...' He meant taking no prisoners. This was reported to me by eyewitnesses. The language was unworthy of a Frenchman. And the Germans, when they would advance and see the fate reserved for those who fell into our hands, would resist to the last when they saw themselves surrounded. Or they would massacre those of us who fell into their hands. That's the way they killed those who were at one of our first aid stations: the medical officer, the orderlies, the wounded, some of them finished off with blows from rifle butt's.
On both sides they fought like cannibals, with a cruelty perhaps greater than in the long ago times of the barbarian invasions. Vae Victis! (woe to the conquered). It was bad luck for anyone on Cote 304 who fell, still alive into enemy hands. All human sentiment was banished. I myself saw a Lieutenant fire on German stretcher bearers carrying a wounded man. To a soldier who had the courage to criticise this misdeed, the officer replied, 'Aw, hell, the Germans would have done the same.' " - Louis Barthas, French Army, Cote 304, April/May 1916, Battle of Verdun.
Picture: A French soldier stands in a newly captured German trench, next to its now dead former occupants,1915.
Lt.Col. Edouard "Eddy" Blondeel DSO (25 January 1906 – 23 May 2000) was the wartime commander of the Belgian 5th SAS. After the war he was first C.O. of the 1st Regiment of Parachutists. 🇬🇧 In 1940 he received orders to report to Joliette in Quebec, Canada, the rallying centre for Belgians living in North America. In 1942, he was appointed to command the Belgian company that was to embark in June of that year to Britain. In 1943, the Belgians underwent a course based at Inverlochy Castle and completed their training in Scotland with other Paratrooper units. These included the 3rd and 4th French Parachute Battalions (the latter commanded by the one armed Commandant Bourgoin) as well as 1st and 2nd (British) SAS. Blondeel was an excellent linguist with an intuitive understanding of others. Immensely popular and blessed with an exceptional memory, he also had a charming, slightly eccentric side. - Blondeel distinguished himself as a well skilled and popular leader. During the years 1944 and 1945 Blondeel led numeral SAS operations in France, Belgium and Germany. Some were official; others were done against orders of his own Government. * It was thanks to Blondeel's organization and training that the unit adapted so well working with British troops. He was determined that his SAS squadron should successfully accomplish any task offered to it. Before leaving the Army he made sure that his wartime unit was not disbanded, and set up the Belgian SAS Regimental Association. 🇬🇧 @pagoda22sas .
SAS rugby team shown in Norway in 1945. - SAS ruby team? Sure..why not? During WWII “The Wanderers” were formed by SAS Troopers to help keep the team tempo and motivation high. *One of the key figures in SAS history, Paddy Mayne loved rugby and was always willing to referee a game by his Troopers. 🇬🇧 What starts out as fun and games when there is free time, sports eventually can turn into an official organization within a military unit. Sports in general have been proven to improve moods, boost concentration, and reduce stress. Especially when it comes to team sports, incorporating social elements gives physical activity a connection while unwinding with friends. This combination causes the ultimate release of dopamine in the brain and actually creates happiness. 🇬🇧 Even today, 21 SAS(R) has an organized Rugy team...The Artists Rifles Rugby Team is a competitive club that is hosted by the Artists Rifles Association. 🇬🇧 @pagoda22sas .
#endirect Journée nationale à la mémoire des victimes des crimes #racistes et #antisémites de l'État français et d'hommage aux "Justes" de #France 🇫🇷
🔊 "Se souvenir pour ne pas oublier, pour éveiller les consciences citoyennes et pour qu’une telle barbarie ne se reproduise jamais..."
🇬🇧 National memorial day for victims of #racism and anti- #semitism and for "Les Justes", their courageous acts in #France during the German Occupation of World War II #WWII 👏 🤝 🙏
🔊 Remember ➡ never forget
Remember ➡ raise awareness, create and strengthen the awareness of #citizenship
Remember ➡ never live again acts of #barbarism
In 1934 tests began on an improved Stahlhelm, whose design was a development of World War I models. The Eisenhüttenwerke company of Thale carried out prototype design and testing, with Dr. Friedrich Schwerd once again taking a hand.
The new helmet was pressed from sheets of molybdenum steel in several stages. The size of the flared visor and skirt was reduced, and the large projecting lugs for the obsolete armor shield were eliminated. The ventilator holes were retained, but were set in smaller hollow rivets mounted to the helmet's shell. The edges of the shell were rolled over, creating a smooth edge along the helmet. Finally, a completely new leather suspension, or liner, was incorporated that greatly improved the helmet's safety, adjustability, and comfort for each wearer. These improvements made the new M1935 helmet lighter, more compact, and more comfortable to wear than the previous designs.
The Army's Supreme Comand within the Third Reich's Wehrmacht combined armed forces officially accepted the new helmet on June 25, 1935 and it was intended to replace all other helmets in service
During the rebellion, 565 Georgians, at least 812 Germans, and 120 residents of Texel became casualties. The destruction was enormous; dozens of farms went up in flames, with damage later estimated at ten million guilders (US$3.77 million).
The bloodshed lasted beyond the German capitulation in the Netherlands and Denmark on 5 May 1945 and even beyond Germany’s general surrender on 8 May 1945. The fighting continued until Canadian troops arrived 20 May 1945 to enforce the German surrender, and disarmed the remaining German troops.
The 228 Georgians who survived by hiding from the German troops in coastal minefields, or who were concealed by Texel farmers, were turned over to Soviet authorities. After arrival at a collection camp in the Soviet Union, 26 Georgians were singled out and banished together with their families and nearly all others disappeared into Stalin’s Gulags. Those still alive in the mid-1950s were rehabilitated and allowed to return home. Until 1991, the ambassador of the Soviet Union to the Netherlands visited the graves of the Georgians on 4 May every year, and, at least during the latter visits, called the Georgians “Heroes of the Soviet Union”
Photo Wounded Georgian Legion soldiers at Texel, Netherlands, 1945
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