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If I recall correctly, "our" HaEn saw the aftermath of one of these March '45 Rauter reprisals as he was enroute back to Don Bosco kaserne after making a messenger run. He made a disparaging remark about the executions and ended up on charges, then "volunteered" to be assigned to Ustuf. Auke Pattist's "Himmelsfahrtkommando" as a panzerjäger.joefraser wrote:There is an incident mentioned in After The battle number 56 "the ambush of SS General Rauter". 263 were shot as a reprisal for this attack in Holland. One site at De Woeste Hoeve where the ambush on Rauter took place contains a memorial to 117 patriots murdered by the German usurper. However, it appears that there were 116 dutch and a German, Obrwachtmeister Helmut Seijffards refused to take part in the shooting and was himself executed and buried alongside the 116 Dutchmen. One thing this does throw up is the question; could a German opt out of shooting civilians with no comebacks. This seems to suggest no. However the timing of the incident ( march 1945) could have a bearing on this.
Hello HaEn,haen2 wrote:... Right front (if I am not mistaken) Ustuf Nauman, who would hold the sword.