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  • #81

    Lee R Cressman (Tuesday, 20 September 2016 19:47)

    Thank you for posting this information. Checked with my genealogical site for "Cressman," and Erwin Kressmann spelling is accepted, so he is some long distance relations. But I always wondered if any of the German relatives fought in the war for the Wehrmacht. Now I know.

  • #80

    David Buchanan (Sunday, 18 September 2016 23:42)

    Very informative and organized info.......thanks for sharing. My uncles and father all fought in WWII and my lest uncle was killed in the ETO during the winter of 44-45.

  • #79

    Obat Kuat Herbal Untuk Mengobati Disfungsi Ereksi (Tuesday, 20 October 2015 11:02)

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  • #78

    Roland Laich (Saturday, 10 October 2015 14:20)

    Dear Peter Cosgrov,
    you might ask Beate Kalbhenn from "Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e.V." in Kassel/Germany (http://www.volksbund.de/service/ansprechpartner/alle-ansprechpartner.html). The cemetry in Bergheim is managed by Volksbund. I know Mrs. Kalbhenn as a very friendly and helpful lady. She admninisters the files of all Bergheim gravesites and she took time for lookup these files together with me in research for Walter Laich (see article "The battle of Sigolsheim") - even if in vain. Ask for her at the Volksbund main desk: tel: +49 (0) 561-7009-0, info(at)volksbund.de
    Good look!

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  • #75

    Bill Leonard (Friday, 21 August 2015 08:43)

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  • #74

    Peter Cosgrov (Friday, 07 August 2015 10:09)

    A mystery? Buried in the German Military Cemetery at Bergheim in Alsace near the top left hand corner is a headstone with the name ROSEMARIE BAUST born 21 January 1938 died 20 November 1944. Not quite 7 years old when she died. Can anyone shed light on the reason this small girl was interred along with over 5000 German soldiers. Someone had left a beautiful wreath there, but as there are 3 graves in one perhaps it is there for one of the soldiers. Paul Nirk 9 Sept 1899 died 30 Nov 1944 or Josef Tekath born 14 Oct 1909 died 30 Nov 1944. There is no other person in the cemetery with the name BAUST. My wife and I visited Bergheim in early May 2015. We live in Jebsheim for a few months every year. Right in the heart of the village where the Battle of Jebsheim took place.

  • #73

    Federico Ramirez (Tuesday, 02 June 2015 19:48)

    Thanks for such a well documented and presented website, I have enjoyed every bit of it. I tour around Europe on motorbike and try to include visits (or at least a ride-thru) to as many significant WWII historical sites that I can.
    Last week, it was a ride through the Futa & Giogo passes, and that trip was much more significant thanks to the information si kindly provided by you.
    Well done and thanks again. FR

  • #72

    Phil Howard (Tuesday, 02 June 2015 18:02)

    Awesome website my friend

  • #71

    Joseph F.Loomis (Thursday, 21 May 2015 20:38)

    My father was 2nd Lt William F. Loomis. He often told us the story of meeting Himmler, just the way it is described on your site.

    Joenaba@aol.com

  • #70

    tank tops for men (Friday, 15 May 2015 07:26)

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  • #69

    Impianto fotovoltaico (Monday, 13 April 2015 13:41)

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  • #68

    Kathy Calder (Sunday, 12 April 2015 21:28)

    Love the pictures, maps, and detailed descriptions of various units' movements in the Vosges Mts. I just shared the link to your site with a friend whose father served in the 143rd regiment of the 36th division, and I know he'll appreciate the mention of his father's regiment's movements and position in the fighting around Bruyeres. The map of the battle area and the pictures of the hills, etc., are awesome! This is the sort of detailed information I know a lot of descendants of WWII veterans are thirsty for. My own father was a replacement in the 254th regiment, Co. B, of the 63rd division and just missed the Colmar pocket and Jebsheim actions. However, I was privileged to attend a reunion of Co. B in Asheville, NC 1999 (they used to meet annually)--the men there were incredibly generous with telling stories of their experiences at Jebsheim and other sites. They didn't remember my dad (though they put me in touch with someone who did). Dad didn't talk much about the war, but told one story of a battle experience; those men were able to tell me at which battle that incident undoubtedly occurred (a Danube river crossing and subsequent battle to take the town of Leipheim, the 254th's last fighting of the war). The 63rd Division Association (recently disbanded) did a terrific job of collecting materials--pictures, recollections, histories, morning reports, etc.--which are available for examination for free on the Fold3.com website (affiliated with the National Archives), as well as the 63rd Division website (63rdinfdiv.com).

  • #67

    Donald B. Gustafon (Saturday, 11 April 2015 19:52)

    I am a survior of the battle of Selestat. I served in the 409th Infantry, 103rd Deivision,Company B. I was captured by the Germans the early morning of December 3rd (approx 2 or 3 am). I was evtually moved to a German POW Camp in Bohemian Liepa (Czechoslovakia). At the POW camp we were used as forced labor working on the German Railroad. We were treated worse than animals. We were physicaly and emotionally abused. We suffered from malnutrition, frostbite, exhaustion, and had little to no sanitation. Are there any other survivors?

  • #66

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  • #65

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  • #63

    Anthony Tripolone (Sunday, 20 July 2014 03:32)

    My Father Amerigo Tripolone was in the 36th Div 141st Reg Able Company and was one of the soldiers taken POW on 10DEC44 in Sigolsheim. The account my father told me of the events of that day and what Lt. Higgins said to his men when the decision was made to surrender is exactly as you told it in the writing of your article.
    I had the honor and privilege to personally talk with Lt. Higgins and Eddy Guy a number of years ago by phone along with some other members of Able Company.
    Thank you for putting this information out for all to learn of their war experiences and their courage.
    Very Respectfully,
    Anthony Tripolone

  • #62

    Aymee Laurain (Saturday, 14 June 2014 23:54)

    This was a fantastic collection of information on such a small town. I returned from France three days ago in which three days were spent in Sigolsheim. The owner of place we stayed explained briefly what happened and how it affected the vineyards in the area. I was shocked to see we stayed only a block from Walter Laich's position. I have ancestors who were from Alsace and while I don't know where it's still nice to know I've been to such a place of history not just for France and the U.S. but also for myself.

  • #61

    olivier (Friday, 21 March 2014 01:55)

    Hello
    I am located in lorraine near many battelfields ww1 and ww2.
    Born in 1965 but still interested in these période.
    To those who would like to relive the true story of several ww2
    battle, you should take the time to read at least one of the " green book "
    entitled " three battles ".
    Far from Hollywood movies.
    To those who served.
    Best regards.

  • #60

    Robert Kirkland Smith (Saturday, 08 March 2014 17:28)

    I was very pleased to find the story "B-17 Flying Fortress Crash in Trimbach, Switzerland / February 27, 1945" on this website. My father was Alvin F. Smith, the "Mickey" operator - navigator on that flight and he is listed with the crew. I knew that the plane was shot down and that Dad had to bailout and was captured and spent the rest of the war as a POW. I did not know, and I don't think that he did either, that Dottie actually made it to Switzerland. If they had stayed on the plan they might have avoided the prison camp experience, much of which was in a camp near Moosburg, Germany. I have visited Moosburg twice on business since my company has a customer there. It has always felt very strange to spend nights in a nice hotel or gasthaus when I know that Dad was nearby over 50 years before as a POW. Dad came home and went to Drexel in Philadelphia and became a Mechanical Engineer, a big contrast to being a crane operator in shipyard in Camden, NJ before the war. Hooray for the GI Bill. I was born in 1948 and attended Drexel myself earning an Electrical Engineering degree and then a Ph. D. at Pitt. My wife and I have two children, Sam, who entered the comment below, and Heather. Both of our kids grew up knowing their grandfather, Al, and he lived to be 80.

  • #59

    Samuel K Smith (Thursday, 06 March 2014 16:53)

    Thank you for this site. My Grandfather Alvin F. Smith was a 1st Lt. On the B-17 "Dottie". I have heard some of the story from family about his tour of duty in WWII. This is incredible information. Thank you. I am Alvin's Grandson from his 2nd child Robert K. Smith. He had 3 children. My Grandfather died August 22, 2001.

  • #58

    Jo-Ann Jahant (Saturday, 18 January 2014 19:03)

    I enjoyed looking through the photos and reading about the Battle of Jebsheim. My brother-in-law's ancestry comes from Jebsheim. It's a bit confusing because on the U.S. census, (1900), their country of origin is Germany (so they probably spoke German). The Germans won Alsace-Lorraine in 1871 from the French after the Franco Prussian (May 10, 1871). When they emigrated to the U.S., they were speaking German. Then after 1918, the area was given back to the French, after WW1, so now the inhabitants are speaking French. My b-i-l contacted his cousins about 7 years ago and they all are speaking French.

    My husband was USNR, LST 500, Lt. j.g., Utah Beach, 6 June 1944. He survived and lived to be 86.

  • #57

    Roland Laich (Tuesday, 24 December 2013 21:31)

    Regarding to "The battle of Sigolsheim - The Story of Grenadier Walter Laich" I would like to ask any site visitor who can give testimonial what of happened on 1944/12/27 resp. 1944/12/28 with the wounded or dead german soldiers at the former school building in Sigolsheim to get in contact to me: mail@laich.info. It was reported Walter Laich had two badges for tank killing at his uniform sleeve. Any confirmed information about this particular issue ist higly appreciated.

  • #56

    Peter Dossing (Friday, 06 December 2013 22:57)

    Best source of Colmar Pocket photos I've run across. Many thanks!! My father, Elmer R. Musil, T5, (Chicago) was in Co. D, 756 Tank Bn,, 3rd Inf. Div. He drove an M5A1 Stuart Light Tank and was killed with two of his crew in Biesheim on 3 February 1945 after they were hit by an anti-tank shell. They had finished fighting their way through Colmar and the crew was staging at the battalion command post about 1/2 mile west of Biesheim when a solider, T5 Forrest E. Peden, who was a forward artillery observer, came running back to their area for help in a firefight which was not going well in Biesheim. They had lost communications and there where 45 infantrymen who were outnumbered 4 to 1 by the Germans. Two light tanks from Co D responded and headed toward Biesheim. Peden was riding on top of the lead tank, (my father's tank) to show them the way. They got to Biesheim to fight the enemy where the tank was destroyed and Technician Peden also lost his life before reinforcements could arrive. Peden was personally responsible for numerous acts of heroism that day before he ran for help. Peden was given the Medal of Honor for his actions that day.

  • #55

    Ken Hoose (Monday, 28 October 2013 04:44)

    Thanks for doing this, my Grandpa Was in L Company 15 Reg. He never spoke of any of his activities to my dad or uncle after the war. We have pieced together a lot, but a lot remains unknown. After comparing what records we have, to the Battle of Bennwihr, it seems he was definitely there. He was wounded Dec. 24, 1944 when a bomb went off behind him. I'm so glad you put this together, it really helped piece a bit of our family history together. Thanks

  • #54

    carsforsales (Wednesday, 23 October 2013 16:19)

    Well done on accurately documenting the remains of yesterdays battle. This reminded me of my holiday to France last year, when you are greeted with the sobering reminder of an old American tank parked at the side of the border crossing - one neat hole through the turret.

  • #53

    Tracy Wiant (Sunday, 20 October 2013 21:49)

    Awesome site. My father served in the 7th Regt, 3rd ID during the Colmar Pocket. He was wounded near Biesheim and Le Haute Jacques in the Vosges. Keep up the good work on this.

  • #52

    Jeff MacGregor (Monday, 26 August 2013 20:45)

    Juerg:
    Thanks you for this site. My father served Company I of the 15th Regiment and fought in the Colmar Pocket. He had a $10 bill upon which he wrote the names of the towns in the Alsace in which he fought. I have finally fulfilled a life promise to travel to the Alsace and "stand where he fought". It was quite a moving experience for me to see these sites and your website was an excellent guide.

  • #51

    Mark Zemke (Friday, 14 June 2013 04:29)

    Hi Juerg got to here from Mr Bandos Triggertime site Nice to read about Reichswier , I was there in 1975 on a daytrip from Metz and was surprized to see as much shell damage as was still there .

  • #50

    Larry Sabadini (Tuesday, 11 June 2013 22:24)

    I just read your entry about the battle at Selestat. My brother-in-law, Arthur Rochefort served in Company B of the 142nd regiment. He participated in this battle and was taken prisoner by the German army on 12 Dec 44. Fortunately he was liberated by Russians in April of 1945. Thank you for providing this information. I am on the 36th website as LARRY S.

  • #49

    Simone Ambrosetti (Tuesday, 21 May 2013 16:04)

    I just discover your site, really amazing! Thank you very much for sharing!

  • #48

    Anne Sauvie (Wednesday, 08 May 2013 19:31)

    I came across this while researching family history. I had a great-uncle who was a Capuchin Priest at the monestary in Sigolsheim during these battles. I have a written account from his perspective from Dec. 6, 1944 to Feb. 2, 1945. The American soldiers where going to bomb the monestary to kill the Germans inside but my great-uncle, Father Ernest Herrgott, was able to convince the Germans to surrender. He was also harboring 360 civilians in the monestary at the time so he saved their lives. The dates and information in this account match those from my great-uncles. This helped me see the soldiers side of this. Nice work. Thank you.

  • #47

    Matthew L Weidemann (Wednesday, 01 May 2013 20:55)

    Hello, I really appreciate your efforts. I think you did a fine job and I enjoyed the tour.

  • #46

    Juicer Review (Sunday, 21 April 2013 16:47)

    This is a great write-up! Thanks for sharing!

  • #45

    Juicer Reviews (Thursday, 11 April 2013 15:55)

    I just shared this upon Twitter! My buddies will really enjoy it!

  • #44

    Arthur (Sunday, 07 April 2013 02:08)

    Fantastic site, thank you for all your meticulous research and hard work putting this together

  • #43

    newboys3652 (Monday, 01 April 2013 15:52)

    nice site! Thanks.

  • #42

    William Hanley (Thursday, 28 February 2013 22:40)

    Thank you for hthis heart felt and concise description. This gives more understanding of the horrific couragous fighting the Nisei went through.

  • #41

    danisch ingrid (Sunday, 09 December 2012 12:36)

    battle of Jebsheim: des unter offizier Karl heinz Danisch war mein vater
    vielen Grüsse

  • #40

    Graham Benham (Monday, 01 October 2012 23:42)

    Read and viewed your website from top to bottom and lapped it up. Absolutely love the way you bring the facts alive. I have recently done similar wandering around Normandy and the Ardenne recreating photos that I have. Great job, well done.

  • #39

    Brian's Military Jeeps of WWII (Wednesday, 19 September 2012 09:45)

    Hello,
    I was following links from the google and ended up on your website. I really enjoyed looking over your site and have added it to my Links Page. I operate 2 WWII websites - WWII Squadron Patch Archives at www.WWIISquadronPatches.com and Brian's Military Jeeps of WWII at www.WWIIJeepParts.com

    I have always loved the THEN & NOW type magazines, Books, websites (WWII History as well as USA Wild West/Gold Rush Ghost Towns) so I appreciate your efforts.
    Best regards,
    Brian

  • #38

    Russ (Wednesday, 05 September 2012 17:30)

    Found your entries on German individuals very interesting. I enjoy autobiographies & biographies of German soldiers in WW2. Thank you.

  • #37

    Dave (Saturday, 01 September 2012 01:24)

    Outstanding work in honoring those who fought.

  • #36

    Oriflame (Tuesday, 28 August 2012 20:35)

    THX for info.

  • #35

    Matthew (Monday, 20 August 2012 10:58)

    Great site, full of interesting and well-researched information. I particularly enjoyed the then-and-now photographs. I will definitely be coming back here to do more reading and learning. Congratulations!

  • #34

    V-Energy, moduli fotovoltaici (Wednesday, 01 August 2012 15:28)

    Complimenti! ;-)
    Tramite Google ho trovato questo blog, e tanto che ero quì ho pensato di lasciarvi un saluto!
    Ciaooooooooo

  • #33

    Ulrich (Sunday, 29 July 2012 16:40)

    Very interesting site. I live since 2 years in Breisach/Germany which is only some chilometers away from the battle sites in Alsace. Because of your site I was able to learn more about the battles here in this region at the end of WW2 and I have visited them during the weekends with my family.
    Congratulations for your very good work.

  • #32

    Josip (Thursday, 12 July 2012 05:06)

    Fine info dude