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    Your Family in the World Wars

    Do you have relatives/ancestors who served their respective nations in either of the World Wars? If so, please feel free to elaborate on these individuals. The aforementioned conflicts were key points in Germanic history, and preserving the memory of both these clashes, and your family's place in the corresponding chapters of history, are important undertakings. I realize that the allegiance of the individuals in question may be a divisive issue, but I believe we are responsible enough to prevent any problems.

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    World War One

    Great-grandfather: Served with the East Yorkshire Regiment on the Western Front.



    Great-great-grandfather: He served with the Grenadier Guards on the Western Front, and was on the receiving end of poison gas attacks on more than one occasion.



    World War Two

    Paternal great-grandfather: He served with the British 1st Airborne Division, making drops in Sicily, mainland Italy, and the Netherlands during Operation Market Garden. He was also apparently posted to occupation duty in Germany before being discharged. I presently have a request pending with the Ministry of Defence for his complete service record, which should arrive in a few months.

    Maternal grandfather: Served with the RAF during the Battle of Britain, and later in escorts for bombing missions over Europe. Due to my family's somewhat fragmented situation, I have very little further information.

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    My great uncle raising the first flag on Iwo Jima. He's in the front with the carbine.





    Here's the more famous pic of Iwo Jima. My uncle wasn't present here.


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    My paternal grandfather fought with the infantry in Greece during WW2, and then spent the rest of the war at a POW camp in Wolfsberg, Austria.

    My maternal grandfather was too young to serve until the end of war. He joined the air force, but never saw action.

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    Most family served in one way or another, either the Home Guard (for those too old) or in the ranks. Some were even cooks.

    WWI saw my grandmothers uncle shot by Americans, I'm unsure of where he was serving anymore but I believe it was around Flanders.

    WWII My great-grandfather served in Greece until he was hit with shrapnel from American attacks and captured by the Wehrmacht who nursed him back to health as he had a hole in his head. He was also at Dresden after the bombings, where he had to pull children out of the ruins, my grandmother said it was something that haunted him and due to being a POW camp he had a strong dislike to potatoes and German Shepherds.

    Since these wars my family has a strong distaste for Americans, especially in military situations. Not to mention all the women they got pregnant and abandoned when they were deployed here, while the men were serving in the war.
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    Both of my grandfathers served in the Wehrmacht/German Army in WW2.
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    My grandfather´s portrait from his time during military basic training
    (The text reads: "Grüßt euch euer Sepp". In English: "Greets to you. Your Sepp")


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    My grandfather in the center with his friends in Tobruk/North Africa during WW2, playing the Zither (He was a pioneer in the Army of Erwin Rommel). He really loved to play the zither, and even Rommel himself heard him once playing it. He gratulated my grandfather, he was very proud about that until his dead 1989. )


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    And here is a photo of a brother of my grandmother. His life ended while defending the Normandie during "D-Day" 1944...



    Okay, I think this is enough for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beornulf View Post
    due to being a POW camp he had a strong dislike to potatoes and German Shepherds.
    My grandfather said the same thing about potatoes! He didn't tell us much about his experiences, but he always told us that the Germans almost never fed him anything other than potatoes.

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    Unfortunately I don't have any photos of them, nor do I know of any in my family who does - I don't even remember their names actually, but I had two granduncles on my mother's side who were members of the Royal Canadian Navy. I don't know of any battle honours, but I like to imagine in my own mind that they were out there weaving bravely through the Wolf Packs desperately trying to feed England with supplies. It's a pity they had to go out there and risk there necks for something that could've been avoided. They survived, but I know one thing's for sure, Britannia surely didn't rule the waves at that time. Hats off to all the brave men who did it For King and Country, and Alles für Deutschland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boche View Post

    Concerning POW Camps: My Paternal Grandfather had really bad experiences with US Soldiers there after War.
    That´s interesting, because my grandfather (the one showed above with the zither ) was a POW of the British after the war (and during the last months of the war). Even if he was a prisoner for around three years (he came back home 1948), he always said that he was treated fairly and had nothing to fear. That counted for his inprisoned comrades, too.

    The only thing he hated was that he had to move from one POW-camp to another from time to time, but generally he was treated fair and not like "German scum".

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    Aye, on my dad's side from the time my ancestors arrived in the US in the 1620's they have fight in every where up to Vietnam and were on the side of the union during the Civil War. In retrospect I wonder if they had fought for the right sides...we may never know. Although recent developments are leading me to believe that they may not have for the world wars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valkyrie View Post
    That´s interesting, because my grandfather (the one showed above with the zither ) was a POW of the British after the war (and during the last months of the war). Even if he was a prisoner for around three years (he came back home 1948), he always said that he was treated fairly and had nothing to fear. That counted for his inprisoned comrades, too.

    The only thing he hated was that he had to move from one POW-camp to another from time to time, but generally he was treated fair and not like "German scum".
    I wonder where he stayed. There was a large one in the Midlands I think.

    http://www.cwgc.org/search/cemetery_...4007266&mode=1


    It is extremely well kept.


    Two Great Grandfathers served, one in the first, one in the second.

    Of the first all I know is that he was a Sapper in the trenches.

    Of the latter, I know he lost an eye, but apparently it was an accident and nothing to do with 'The Jerrys'

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