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  1. After a long and very dry summer the river Rhine has historically low water, so a lot of interesting remains are found there the last days. Now two pontons of one of the combat engineer bridges in the vicinity of Remagen were found near Unkel, and also a JU-87 bomber and its pilots who where shot down on 6th March 1945 while trying to destroy the bridge of Remagen. French divers of the Société Generale de Traveaux Maritimes et Fluviaux have tried to find the bomber already in 1957, but without success. http://www.general-anzeiger-bonn.de/region/siebengebirge/bad-honnef/Wrackteile-und-menschliche-Knochen-im-Rhein-entdeckt-article3969924.html https://www.zeit.de/1957/52/noch-huetet-der-rhein-sein-geheimnis
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    Jean in Siegburg

    Yesterday I recieved a surprising message from my old internet friend Jean Jacobsen: She's visiting Siegburg with her hubby Steve! So we went up the Michaelsberg to the rose garden, to the Nordfriedhof, where her father had to bring passed american POW to, the synagogue monument... Thanks to Marion who made this possible!
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    Camp near Siegberg Germany?

    Meindorf! That is only 6 - 7 km from the Michaelsberg, and on the same bank of the Rhine so they did not have to cross it swimming. They only had to cross the river Sieg, but this is possible. The Sieg area at Meindorf was occupied by the 78th Infantry Division's 311th Infantry Regiment on 21 March 1945. Christoph
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    Camp near Siegberg Germany?

    A happy and peaceful new year! The last year passed so fast, and without anything new to this topic. Christoph
  5. ...Thou shalt not lie! There is a concrete bridge in Lohmar/Rhineland near the village Wahlscheid across the river Agger, just wide enough for a car, which has not been destoyed by the retreating german Wehrmacht as the only one far and wide, therefore combat engineers were not needed here. A local historian and churchman (and acquaintance of my parents), Peter Kemmerich, who passed away 20 years ago, wrote in his book about Lohmar’s history of the early 20th century, that a resident farmer himself told him why: The bridge was already prepared for blasting when he tiptoed in the night to the bridge just before the Americans (97th infantry) arrived there and cut the fuze, so he saved the bridge… I read the text some years ago, but forgot about it… Until 2011 when the bridge was examinated to prepare its overhaul. What they found was surprising: two big explosive charges without fuzes. Everybody seemed very astonished, articles in all local newspapers, nobody remembered Kemmerich’s passage in the book, not even I. Now, trying to reconstruct the last days of WWII in Lohmar, I found the “Citations for Awards of the Silver Star to U_S_ Army Personnel in World War II”: “GLOBIS, ANTHONY W. Citation: The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Anthony W. Globis, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action in connection with a military operation against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 387th Infantry Regiment, 97th Infantry Division. On 13 April 1945 near Wahlscheid, Germany, Private Globis was sent to make a bridge reconnaissance. After advancing 2000 yards he came upon a road bridge which was mined an protected by three enemy soldiers. Though outnumbered, Private Globis unhesitatingly crawled to a position from which he could place fire upon the enemy troops and forced their surrender. He then audaciously required his prisoners to deactivate the mines and returned them to his own lines. Private Globis' boldness and gallantry on this occasion permitted his company to advance and reflects great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces. Headquarters, 97th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 38 (June 11, 1945) Home Town: Pennsylvania” I told all this to one of our Lohmar notabilities asking what he thinks about publishing and which version he would trust. The only thing he said was he knows that farmer for more than 40 years and knows that everything he says should be considered with the utmost caution. Christoph
  6. I wanted to publish it 3 years ago, but time goes by... until today, it is in the 2015 issue of our local history magazine (and another article about the dragonflies around here) Christoph
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    Camp near Siegberg Germany?

    Some days ago there were two articles in Siegburg's newsletter "Siegburg aktuell": http://www.siegburg.de/stadt/newsletter/nl/60176/newsletter.html (please add the last "l" manually to the URL, http://www.siegburg.de/stadt/newsletter/nl/60222/newsletter.html I have some problems with the editor) Guidry's daughter Elizabeth and her husband visited Hellenthal and Siegburg earlier this year and met Jan Gerull, the author of the articles, and also Siegburg's mayor Franz Huhn, see the photo of the second article. I met Jan today for the first time and didn't know he wrote the articles, I only guessed he might be the Jan Jean mentioned in an e-mail. He was quite surprised to meet someone who already knew something about the story :-) Christoph
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    Camp near Siegberg Germany?

    These last ones from Facebook, posted by a newspaper photographer with a big Archive (and husband of our County archive's director :-) ) And better: iIt seems to be a screenshot of a Video: https://www.facebook.com/Holger.Arndt.De/videos/o.1424090314530123/10203927703689322/?type=2&theater Christoph
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    Camp near Siegberg Germany?

    Just 2 "new" photos of Siegburg in early April 1945. Christoph
  10. Today 70 years ago the 237th Engineer Combat Battalion construted the bridge across the Rhine: 398.7 m in 10 hours. With this Performance they won a bet against Gen. Collins and a lot of beer. http://www.general-anzeiger-bonn.de/bonn/rueckblick/Die-Beer-Bridge-ist-heute-noch-beruehmt-article1593871.html Christoph
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    Camp near Siegberg Germany?

    Jean Somewhere here we talked about your father swimming in the Sieg or Rhine and the temperatures in 1945. I just found this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovdFl7UnYEg with some American soldiers Swimming in the river Rhine on 18 March 45. Itshould be available also in English or as original in american archives. Christoph
  12. ...and there are also 4 Statues of Liberty in Paris, the model for the one in New York, the biggest one which was a present of Americans living in Paris to the town and two smaller copies. (Nearly) A whole Family. http://de.wikipedia.org/Datei:Paris-liberte-eiffel.jpg Christoph
  13. The link is dead, probably because it should be Repasky and not Rapesky. :-) Have you recently heard from him? Christoph
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    Camp near Siegberg Germany?

    It's quiet here. I found another photo of Siegburg in April 1945. Christoph
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    What I Miss on the Forum

    I think it's because of the very very special subject of this Forum. I'm afraid most users only come here for information about the WWII combat engineers (as I did) but don't come back when they got what they wanted. But this special subject is the strong point of the forum and should not be watered down imho. And time goes by, it seems now there are more grandchildren than children or veterans here, and they are on Facebook... for items not on topic here. I'm looking in here nearly every day as Colin does and I'm willing to admit that I nearly only post when I have a question or answer. Facebook: How could I add you as friend? No such button on your board there. Christoph
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    JPaul looking for info on parents during WWII

    In one of my links the .de was missing, it should be http://www.hollenberg-gymnasium.de/ The other link must be http://www.waldbroel.de/waldbroel-portrait/bilderarchiv/sonstige/abriss-der-industriebrache-karl-barth-fabrik/ The list of "skilled works" has no links but only the titles or indices of the works. Christoph
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    JPaul looking for info on parents during WWII

    Bonsoir JPaul, tu peux écrire une "message" etje peux le traduire si tu veux. Christoph
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    JPaul looking for info on parents during WWII

    Des élèves d'une école à Waldbröl http://www.hollenberg-gymnasium ont écrit des "travaux professionels" dont les suivants: gw_2001_gkge_seifert_zeitgeschichte_nn_zwangsarbeiter-oberberg_12 au tavail forcé à la région hgw_2004_lkge_klingel_wirtschaft_engelbert_lederbearbeitung-waldbröl_79 l'idustrie de cuir à Waldbröl hgw_2004_gkgb_lorek_wirtschaft_knura_worldwar2_waldbroel_89 et hgw_2012_gk_knura_zeit_taschkin_waldbröl_besatzung_197 au fin del a guerre. Malheureusement il n'y a que les titres dans l'Internet mais on pourrait contacter l'école. Christoph
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    JPaul looking for info on parents during WWII

    L'usine de Karl Barth a été démolie en 2003, peut-être tu es intéressé aux derniers photos: www.waldbroel.de/waldbroel-prortrait/sonstige/abriss-der-industriebrache-karl-barthfabrik/ Christoph Mon navigateur rend des problèmes Avec des liens :-(
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    Happy Birthday! Happy Easter, too!
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    Definition? KIA-SFW

    I also/only found Shell Fragment wound Chrisp
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    Camp near Siegberg Germany?

    Another Picture, now with rose garden, but a bit too late, it's from 1954. Christoph
  23. This is a great loss for all of us. Unfortunately I never met him but here in the Forum. Larry, we will miss you. Christoph