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by Piett
Wed Jul 28, 2004 6:26 pm
Forum: Luftwaffe
Topic: Why did Gerd Barkhorn/and others not get the Diamonds
Replies: 23
Views: 3250

I heard that von Richthofen (the "Red Baron") was the only ever recipant of the Red Eagle Order with swords because for technical reason he didnt qualify for a Pour le Merite with Oakleafs. I could not be certain right now, but I think those technical reasons was that he was not royalty, or a very ...
by Piett
Wed Jul 28, 2004 3:46 pm
Forum: Luftwaffe
Topic: Why did Gerd Barkhorn/and others not get the Diamonds
Replies: 23
Views: 3250

I heard that von Richthofen (the "Red Baron") was the only ever recipant of the Red Eagle Order with swords because for technical reason he didnt qualify for a Pour le Merite with Oakleafs.
by Piett
Wed May 12, 2004 1:00 pm
Forum: General WWII German Military Discussion
Topic: Black Soldiers in Wehrmacht?
Replies: 6
Views: 2564

Hi, Don't think there would be too many. I read a book by Hans Massaquoi some years ago called Destined to Witness. His father was an African diplomat (from Liberia, I think) and his mother was a German nurse. He never served in the Wehrmacht and was denied entry into the Hitler Youth. It's an inte...
by Piett
Thu Apr 08, 2004 3:23 pm
Forum: Commanders, Personalities & Award Holders
Topic: Johannes Blaskowitz
Replies: 14
Views: 3737

Rudi Tuzla wrote:Blaskowitz was one of the few General officers to become known for his opposition to the Final Solution.
I heard that him protesting against Hans Frank's and the way he handled Poland was the reason that he never became a field marshal.
by Piett
Sat Jan 31, 2004 11:18 am
Forum: Commanders, Personalities & Award Holders
Topic: Bursting the Rommel bubble!
Replies: 156
Views: 24046

Re: Rommel

heinz kling wrote:So his family comes before the people that he cared so much as to plot the assaination of the nation's elected leadership and his fellow generals?
How was Hitler an elected leader in 1944?
by Piett
Wed Jan 21, 2004 2:45 pm
Forum: Commanders, Personalities & Award Holders
Topic: Bursting the Rommel bubble!
Replies: 156
Views: 24046

Did they only then see the Nazi movement for the evil that it was or did they just want to be on the right side in the event Germany lost the war? It could have been even easier. I think that at that time many officers -pro Nazi/Democracy or not - were fully aware that contuing the war could lead t...
by Piett
Mon Jan 12, 2004 11:07 am
Forum: Commanders, Personalities & Award Holders
Topic: Richard von Weizacker former german president
Replies: 3
Views: 776

Didnt one of his brothers got killed on day 1 of WWII?
by Piett
Mon Dec 15, 2003 12:06 pm
Forum: Commanders, Personalities & Award Holders
Topic: Bursting the Rommel bubble!
Replies: 156
Views: 24046

Re: Rommel

And when was a traitor who's out to assasinate his nation's elected leadership in its darkest hour an honourable man? Hitler was an elected leader? I never heard that he ever renewed his power through elections after 33. He never respected the weimar constitution and didnt prevent any harm to the g...
by Piett
Sat Dec 13, 2003 10:06 am
Forum: Commanders, Personalities & Award Holders
Topic: Erich von Manstein - Expulsion of Jews from Wehrmacht
Replies: 10
Views: 5789

Enrico Mölders wrote:Hi Piett,

why do you think Lewinski is coming from Lewi ?
The Lewinskis where a Prussian family wich lived and served for Prussia and later the German Empire since generations.
I didnt say that I think that I wrote that I read that in the book I mentioned.
by Piett
Thu Dec 11, 2003 10:35 am
Forum: Commanders, Personalities & Award Holders
Topic: Bursting the Rommel bubble!
Replies: 156
Views: 24046

The question is did Rommel launch his ill prepared offensives with an underpowered army really because he didnt see the grand picture, didnt understand operating art and logistics or did he do that just because of personal ambition. In some docu there was an officer saying that Rommel was jumping up...
by Piett
Thu Dec 11, 2003 10:27 am
Forum: Commanders, Personalities & Award Holders
Topic: Erich von Manstein - Expulsion of Jews from Wehrmacht
Replies: 10
Views: 5789

In his book "Die Wehrmacht - Feindbilder Vernichtungskrieg Legenden" Wolfram Witte writes that Manstein himself (his original name was Lewinski) had a jewish ancestor named Lewi and that maybe that was a reason for his protest against the expulsion of jews from the Wehrmacht but it's not that Manste...
by Piett
Tue Dec 02, 2003 5:56 am
Forum: Commanders, Personalities & Award Holders
Topic: Fallschrimjäger Max Schmeling
Replies: 28
Views: 4753

Max "The Black Ulan" Schmeling became the world heavyweight champ in 1930 when he was declared DQ winner against a low punching Jack Sharkey. He defended the title once before losing it to Sharkey in one of the biggest robberies in boxing history. He is the only fighter ever to have beaten a prime J...
by Piett
Thu Nov 20, 2003 1:23 pm
Forum: General WWII German Military Discussion
Topic: Field marshalls July 19th 1940 and others
Replies: 1
Views: 449

Field marshalls July 19th 1940 and others

Who decided to make the 12 generals field marshalls in july 1940? Was it only Hitler who had the final decision? What was the procedure like? Well, and what about Goering's rank of Reichsmarschall? I have never heard of something like that other than in Goering's case. A specially created rank just ...
by Piett
Tue Nov 04, 2003 9:17 pm
Forum: General WWII German Military Discussion
Topic: Father/Motherland
Replies: 14
Views: 2982

Germany comes from "Germania". It is female but it's not a "german" word. It's of latin origin.