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Kassel, Germany 1945

Post by -Spitfire- » Mon Sep 04, 2006 12:00 pm

I have adopted the grave of an American soldier at Margraten war cemetery in Holland. A corporal from 318th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division. he was KIA on April 2, 1945, near Kassel. Does somebody know which German units saw action against this unit on that day and is there a book which describes the fighting for Kassel in detail?

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Post by Christian » Mon Sep 04, 2006 4:02 pm

Sebastiaan,

Bless you for what you are doing.

You might be interested in the following information:
http://www.80thdivision.com/
http://www.80thdivision.com/Photos.htm
http://www.80thdivision.com/80thHistory.htm
http://www.thetroubleshooters.com/ww2/ptger03.html

Here is another account which might be of interest. Grossenritte is located southwest of Kassel:
"On April 2, 1945 the villagers of Grossenritte got word that an attack upon their village by American forces was immenent. They sought shelter in a nearby forest. The only defenders were German Luftwaffe soldiers from an anti-aircraft "flak" battery, likely from either the 21st or 22nd Flak Division. The German soldiers placed their anti-aircraft guns in the road, lowered the barrels, and prepared to meet the American attack with anti-aircraft weapons as direct-fire artillery. From his vantage point hidden in the nearby forest, (unknown) father saw American tanks coming down the road at 4:40pm. These were Shermans from 2nd Platoon, Company “B”, 702nd Tank Battalion “Red Devils”, commanded by Lt. Harold “Slim” Rives. The German soldiers opened fire, forcing the tankers to withdraw. Calling in artillery support from the 80th Infantry Division’s guns, the tankers waited until the German flak guns were silenced. The German flak crews had destroyed their own guns to prevent them from falling into enemy hands, then raised their hands to surrender to the Americans. The 2nd Battalion, 318th Infantry Regiment at 10:50pm were attacking Grossenritte and at 11:40pm were reported in the town."

Source: http://www.thetroubleshooters.com/702nd ... te001.html

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Christian

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Post by Jan-Hendrik » Mon Sep 04, 2006 11:15 pm

That was not Luftwaffe but a RAD-Bttr. , 3./393 :wink:

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Post by Christian » Tue Sep 05, 2006 5:37 am

Jan,

Thanks for correcting the record. You might consider contacting the person in charge of the troubleshooter website and providing them this piece of information so they can update their record.

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Post by -Spitfire- » Tue Sep 05, 2006 9:38 am

Thank you very much for the information. But Í have see those sites already.
But thanks for the information.

Sebastiaan

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Post by Jan-Hendrik » Tue Sep 05, 2006 10:02 am

Greet Timo :wink:

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Post by -Spitfire- » Tue Sep 05, 2006 12:13 pm

Jan-Hendrik wrote:Greet Timo :wink:

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He helps me. My English is not very good. :wink:

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Thank You!!

Post by John W. Howard » Sat Sep 09, 2006 12:46 pm

Hello Spitfire:
Thank you very much for adopting a US soldier's grave!! It is much appreciated here in the United States. Best wishes.
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Re: Thank You!!

Post by -Spitfire- » Tue Sep 12, 2006 8:21 am

John W. Howard wrote:Hello Spitfire:
Thank you very much for adopting a US soldier's grave!! It is much appreciated here in the United States. Best wishes.
Thank you. :wink:

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Post by -Spitfire- » Sat Sep 23, 2006 12:57 pm

I'm looking always for more information! I hope that somebody more information for me have.

At Panzer-Archiv can find all the information that I have.

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Post by -Spitfire- » Sat Sep 30, 2006 11:54 am

Nobody more information? :(

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Post by -Spitfire- » Thu Oct 05, 2006 10:32 am

Here can you find the most information that I have: http://forum.panzer-archiv.de/viewtopic.php?p=106309

Have nobody on this forum information about Kassel, Germany April 1945?

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Post by -Spitfire- » Thu Nov 02, 2006 8:55 am

Here are some pictures of the grave of the person:

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Post by Carl Schwamberger » Sat Nov 04, 2006 3:04 pm

Spitfire. Can you tell me more about this adoption of a grave? Is it a personal thing, done by an organization? Some sort of program?

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Post by -Spitfire- » Sun Nov 05, 2006 6:30 am

Carl Schwamberger wrote:Spitfire. Can you tell me more about this adoption of a grave? Is it a personal thing, done by an organization? Some sort of program?
Hello Carl,

http://www.adoptiegraven-margraten.nl/e ... index1.htm
On this site can you find more information.

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