From: Miami Beach
Wow. An avatar to honor my father in WW II would be a US CP. What would other people's be?
My cousin in Germany...18 years old in 1943 was presented the option of Fallschrimjager or Alpine because of his good test scores. He decided on Fallschrimjager because of the recent high combat losses of the Alpine troops, and his father flew scout planes in WWI.
Formed up under the 3rd Fallschrimjager division in France (Reims), and spent most of his time pre D-day near the French coast at Calais as a radar/signalsman while most of his division went to Brest. Later (March or April '45) he was added to the 9th Fallschrimjager division in Berlin (Fallschrim-Luftnachrichten-Abteilung 9). Volunteered to be a picket in between the Oder and Berlin...was lucky to be in a gap between the Polish and Russian armies, snuck out behind them, surrendered to Canadian troops near Hamburg.
Biggest accomplishment in WWII: Never having killed anyone.
< Message edited by Jagdtiger14 -- 5/14/2016 3:24:21 AM >
Conflict with the unexpected: two qualities are indispensable; first, an intellect which, even in the midst of this obscurity, is not without some traces of inner light which lead to the truth; second, the courage to follow this faint light. KvC