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by George Lepre
Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:37 am
Forum: SS/Waffen-SS
Topic: Max Hansen's grave ?
Replies: 3
Views: 1122

Re: Max Hansen's grave ?

Hi -

Joefraser is of course correct. It's known as "Liegezeit." A grave is only in place for 25 years. After that, the "Inhaber" of the grave must agree to maintain the plot.

George
by George Lepre
Thu Jun 26, 2008 10:26 pm
Forum: Foreign Volunteers, Collaboration and Axis Allies
Topic: Andrey Vlasov & the RLA
Replies: 44
Views: 15812

Re: Andrey Vlasov & the RLA

Hi all - With regard to books on the Vlassov movement, forum members should find this thread helpful: http://www.feldgrau.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=1800 As far as English-language texts are concerned, most will agree that Catherine Andreyev's scholarly Vlassov and the Russian Liberation Movemen...
by George Lepre
Tue Feb 12, 2008 1:21 am
Forum: SS/Waffen-SS
Topic: Photos of 3./SS-GebPiBtl 13 and SS-GebArtRg 13 (Handschar)
Replies: 4
Views: 1657

Hello Doctor Krollspiel - Nearly all of these are prints taken from my book and "aged" to look like old SS-PK photographs. I personally knew most of the pictured men and can tell you that the story of the photographs being "found in an attic" is totally false. I own the originals of six of these pho...
by George Lepre
Sun Jun 03, 2007 8:51 pm
Forum: Foreign Volunteers, Collaboration and Axis Allies
Topic: Why did the Italians fight so poorly?
Replies: 42
Views: 13771

Another reason is that most of the Italian officer corps and Generals were freemasons. Hi Panzermahn - I think what derGespenst means here is whether it can actually be proved that Freemasonry somehow sabotaged the Italian war effort. Who were the leaders of Italian Freemasonry? Did they make anti-...
by George Lepre
Mon May 28, 2007 2:55 pm
Forum: Foreign Volunteers, Collaboration and Axis Allies
Topic: "Handschar", Izetbegovic and Beger
Replies: 17
Views: 8321

Hi Lars - I considered several different ways of determining the Handschar Division's size compared to other SS divisions. Every month, each Waffen-SS formation reported its personnel strength to Himmler. The numbers were then assembled in a document titled "Staerke der SS." For example, you can fin...
by George Lepre
Mon May 28, 2007 2:35 pm
Forum: Foreign Volunteers, Collaboration and Axis Allies
Topic: Romanians in Stalingrad
Replies: 11
Views: 5579

Great post, Sid. Thanks.

George
by George Lepre
Sun May 20, 2007 6:45 am
Forum: Foreign Volunteers, Collaboration and Axis Allies
Topic: "Handschar", Izetbegovic and Beger
Replies: 17
Views: 8321

Hi Lars - The remarkable 26,000 figure comes from a letter written by Himmler to Konstantin Kammerhofer, his personal representative in Croatia, on 1 July 1943. In the letter, he told Kammerhofer: "I await your report regarding the complete formation of the division with a strength of about 26,000 m...
by George Lepre
Thu May 17, 2007 7:10 pm
Forum: Foreign Volunteers, Collaboration and Axis Allies
Topic: "Handschar", Izetbegovic and Beger
Replies: 17
Views: 8321

Hi Lars - Thanks for your note and kind words. The SS orignially envisioned the division possessing some 26,000 men, but this never came to fruition. I would say that the division achieved its peak Gesamt-Staerke on 15 February 1944, when it possessed: 377 officers (nearly all of whom were German) 2...
by George Lepre
Fri May 04, 2007 7:37 pm
Forum: Soldatenheim
Topic: German ancestry of U.S. combat personnel
Replies: 24
Views: 5306

Hi All - Reb is of course correct regarding Italian-Americans. My family is of Italian descent and our male family members fought against Italy without reservation during the Second World War. Perhaps it would be fairest to say that while we maintain a cultural interest in Italy (and familial ties i...
by George Lepre
Mon Apr 30, 2007 9:45 pm
Forum: Foreign Volunteers, Collaboration and Axis Allies
Topic: Rumanian Stalingrad Survivors?
Replies: 29
Views: 14106

Hi Athanarthic -

If you could provide a translation for this letter it would be most appreciated. I'm sure there are a number of forum members who would like to read it.

Best regards,

George
by George Lepre
Tue Jan 30, 2007 10:26 pm
Forum: Foreign Volunteers, Collaboration and Axis Allies
Topic: Newbie Question... Alsace Lorraine
Replies: 44
Views: 13914

Let's cool off a bit, guys.... The name-calling and personal attacks have become far too personal.
by George Lepre
Sat Jan 27, 2007 5:34 pm
Forum: Foreign Volunteers, Collaboration and Axis Allies
Topic: Newbie Question... Alsace Lorraine
Replies: 44
Views: 13914

Good post, Hugueso.

Best,

George
by George Lepre
Tue Jan 09, 2007 10:40 pm
Forum: Foreign Volunteers, Collaboration and Axis Allies
Topic: Fritz Schubert - Jagdkommando Schubert
Replies: 8
Views: 3770

Hi All -

I too recall reading the post, which was quite good. I will ask Jason about it.

Best regards,

George
by George Lepre
Tue Oct 10, 2006 9:34 pm
Forum: SS/Waffen-SS
Topic: A Puzzling Waffen SS Uniform
Replies: 11
Views: 5427

Hi Marko -

It certainly does look like Merwald. and the decorations match as well.

Best,

George