I am a new member to the site and really enjoy it! I spend a lot of time reading the posts. Great pics and great topics. Anyway, about myself...I have always been interested in warfare and especially the German miltary since I was a child. My grandfather immigrated to America in 1929 with his family. He was a child. He ended up being drafted during WWII and fought for the Americans. My great-grandfather fought for Germany in WWI. I know very little about his service. I do remember as a young child going to visit them and they had a picture of him in his uniform sitting on top of their TV. I could of swore that he had an Iron Cross. I am not sure where that picture is now. One thing that I have searched for are websites, like this one about WWI German miltary, if you ahve some leads or links for that let me know. I know that I have relatives that fought for Germany during WWII and know very little about them. Recent contacts with my relatives in Germany have revealed some info. I am making a trip over to Germany this summer to get more. An interesting fact that I do know is that one of my relatives flew a ME-109 and crashed into a smokestack during the Battle of Kiev. Many more of them never returned from the Soviet Union. I have one uncle that is still alive who survived the war. If anybody has any info on German servieman with the last names of Thomas, Luedemann or Jessen, please let me know.
I have served with American miltary for 14 years. I served with the Marine Corps in Desert Storm and served with the Army going to the Iraq War 2004-2005. I no longer serve with the military. I suffered hearing loss to my right ear from an IED explosion and have not regained enough hearing to return to service. I have a Bachelors degree in History with an emphasis in miltary history. Once again great site!!!