Category Archives: Background Narrative (General)

The Battle of Maastricht (May 10 – May 12)

The day before “Fall Gelb” was executed, on May 9, 1940, my grandfather described in his diary how difficult it was for the unit to move into their assigned positions at Laurensberg. He also described the roads from Eschweiler to Laurensberg packed … Continue reading

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1940 – The “Phoney War” (January – April1940)

The first four month of 1940 were the time my grandfather was recalled to active duty, went through as much of a refresher training one could get at the time and then was sent to the west in preparations of … Continue reading

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The War Diary

My grandfather’s War Diary his is own, very personal account of the time between 1939 and 1945 (and also beyond). I have spent many hours considering the best approach working with the entries and making them available in a way … Continue reading

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World War II – September 1939 to December 1939

On September 1, 1939, Germany finally turned the smoldering fires that indicated the imminent hostilities into a full-fledged war and invaded Poland. The power keg had finally ignited. “Fall Weiss” – The German Occupation of Poland Given the geographic situation, … Continue reading

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Prelude to War

When we found my grandfathers photos, they were neatly filed in envelopes – some of them with, others without a caption. Some of those pre-war photos I have used in my introduction pages (Childhood & Adolescence, The Boy growing up … Continue reading

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