Charles thanks, I am writing all of this down as I remeber his stories. Willy said he always got away with so much and he was more afraid of his side shooting him than his enemies. His Panther survived the war with many hits but none penetrated.
When Willy went into the Waffen SS he took his basic training in Erfurt, not far from where he lived in Southern Nuremberg. His brother who whas in the 5th SS Wiking Division on the Eastern Front and had sent him an officers cap and great coat, so he took it with him to basic training. Every chance he could he would through over the great coat on the fence and go shack up with his girlfriend. When he got back there was no time to climb the fence so he would put on the great coat and officers cap and march back to camp being saluted by the guard. I don't know if he did this once or many times.
When his division was around Tarnopol he was trying to recover a Panzer, however the soviets were waiting for them and he received shrapenel from a grenade in the ankle. He said it bled like a stuffed pig. He stayed on the line and for two weeks had to have his dressing redone everyday. He did not receive a would badge for it.
When he was in training in Grafenwoehr, Germany he had a good friend that I have a picture of that was caught stealing items from the post. His whole section had to witness the man being shot.
Willy also said when the Normandy invasion had started he was in Vienna, learning about the Panther tank and received orders to report to his division as it arrived in France. Even though there are no documents stating the Frundsberg had Panther tanks, Willy said they did get them (I read in one book Frundsberg was in the process of getting Panthers, but they had to turn them over to the 21st Panzer Division fighting in Normandy). As I have read, many reports were fudged so they could keep the equipment they had and more. Willy also said he made it through the Falaise Gap with his Panther too. He also said, "I know they were Panthers as I had to repair somany tracks on them as we went through the Champagne Region and it was wet and threw off many tracks. As they retreated they also ransaked many wearhouses full of coats. Willy had a dozen and they were able to get hot meals from the French and Belgians for a coat.
He also has a letter to the day from his brother asking him for some warm clothing as they were on the Eastern Front. Unfortunately the Post was so broken he knew it would not reach them. His brother had also sent him some French Franc's in a book, but willy did not find them in the book until he was out of France.
Another was a day or two after he saw his parents on the Western Front in January 1945 his tank was going across the Rhine. Halfway across the engine caught fire and all he could think about was what a way to go as he couldn't swim. Fortunately for him they put out the fire and when they got to the other side the engine started.
I have another one that is longer and almost got him shot, by his own of course.