Grandad & Heydrich.
Posted 21 April 2011 - 04:27 PM
I joined WW2TALK because I am researching as much as possible about my grandfather's time in the war. I know the basics of where he was and what happened to him during the war but need to "fill in the blanks". Looking forward to discovery.
Posted 21 April 2011 - 06:13 PM
'There I stood at the bar, wearing a Mae West, no jacket, and beginning to leak blood from my torn boot. None of the golfers took any notice of me - after all, I wasn't a member!' Kenneth Lee - after being shot down on the 18th August 1940.
Andree Borrel (Denise) SOE
♫ Now wicked tongues can speak and rewrite history But you can't keep the truth contained And like the song was sung Realize we're one and we're here to stay ♫
Posted 22 April 2011 - 01:22 AM
Yes they are my sites. Not war related although I do mention a screenplay I'm working on about my grandfather.
Hello and welcome to the forum.
Feel free to start a new thread on the forum specific to your grandfather. Be sure to include as much info as you can.
Are those your own sites linked in your signature?
Posted 22 April 2011 - 06:39 AM
If I am not for myself, then who will be for me?
And if I am only for myself, what am I?
And if not now, when?
Rabbi Hillel circa 30 BCE
I was "called-up", as a 19 year old, on the 1st of Oct 1942 and was one of 5 serving brothers, one of whom, Jack, was in RAF Bomber Command and was killed on March 16th 1945.
I served as a Driver/Op (Wireless Operator) with the 49th Light Anti Aircraft Rgt. (78 Div) from Apr 1943 to Dec 1944 (North Africa, Sicily, Italy, Egypt). The Regiment was disbanded in Dec 1944 and I was retrained (in Italy) by the Royal Armoured Corps.
Finally, I served as Loader/Op with the 4th Queen's Own Hussars (6th Armd.,78th & 56 Div) from Mar 1945 to Dec 1946 (Italy, Austria, Germany) finishing up as Tech Cpl. for "A" Sqdrn. I was "De-mobbed" in Apr 1947
Posted 22 April 2011 - 08:44 AM
Posted 22 April 2011 - 08:52 AM
He was a common, unconsidered man, who, for a moment of eternity, held the whole future of mankind in his two sweating hands.
And did not let it go.
(Excerpt from Fighter Pilot by ACM Sir Christopher Foxley-Norris GCB, OBE,DSO)
Posted 22 April 2011 - 03:33 PM
Hello and welcome to the forum. Do you know what unit(s) he was with?
Yes I do. He was a Private in the 2/12 Battalion (AIF) - QX3733. A brief overview for anyone who might have some useful links...
He was a Rat of Tobruk and was in the front-line. He was injured after a grenade was thrown into the trench he was in and was taken POW. He escaped after about a year and joined the underground. He was involved in the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich (as far as I've been able to figure through a process of elimination and details we do have). Wanted posters were distributed so he walked the Swiss Alps and became one of the Swiss Free Men.
There are other details I have but these are the major things that happened.
Posted 23 April 2011 - 02:01 AM
My grandfather was involved in Reinhard Heydrich's assassination. Not sure exactly HOW he was involved (i.e. planning, there on the day, etc.) but yeah. This is a really interesting post for me personally.
Edited by von Poop, 23 April 2011 - 06:14 PM.
New thread grafted from old.
Posted 23 April 2011 - 10:57 AM
The Mirror Caught the Sun: Operation Anthropoid 1942: Amazon.co.uk: John Martin: Books
The Mirror Caught The Sun | Facebook
Some very good reading in the book and on the Facebook page.
Posted 23 April 2011 - 11:33 AM
Posted 23 April 2011 - 12:13 PM
Yes for sure. All I know at the moment is that he was involved in it and gave a few details about where and how, etc (which is why I've been able to figure out it was Heydrich). He didn't like to talk about the war because of the things he saw and only told his story once. He said the reprisal for Heydrich's assassination was so huge (which it was) he wasn't 100% proud of the result. The massive loss of innocent lives was too great a heartbreak so it was very bitter sweet for all of the soldiers involved. I will absolutely post here as I get more details. The wanted posters had their faces on it which is why he had to cross the Swiss Alps and get out.
Posted 23 April 2011 - 12:17 PM
Thanks for the links. I will look at these over the next couple of days and PsyWar, his name was Norman Henry John Mazlin. He was named after his cousin Norman Henry Mazlin so it's confusing sometimes when looking for information but his cousin was in the first world war, not second. That story is interesting and sad, too actually. Norman Henry Mazlin and his brother Leslie were both killed in Gallipoli within three months of each other. They were two of three brothers who fought in WW1.
What is the SOE file?
Posted 23 April 2011 - 12:22 PM
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Posted 23 April 2011 - 01:33 PM
Do you mean with regard to the assassination only? With that I only have what he told my mum and what I've read about the assassination itself.
Chell, what information do you have for him at present? That might help us steer you in the right direction. I'll also have a look through some of my other SOE records to see if he is mentioned anywhere.
All we know is that he escaped from either Camp 57 at Gruppignano, Udine or another one (the name of which escapes me at the moment - Vercelli) but both were in Italy and he was a POW at both. He then joined the Italian underground. We don't know anything about his time here up until he was involved with the Heydrich assassination in the Czech Republic. He said they ambushed him in his car going around a hairpin bend. After wanted posters were distributed with his (and others) face on them, he got out. Not sure if he was still in the Czech Republic at this point or if he was back in Italy. He walked across the Swiss Alps and stayed there for almost exactly a year. Pretty vague details but I guess I can't expect to find out too much more. He was taken POW in Tobruk. He was back to back in a trench when a grenade was thrown in. His comrade was killed and he received a shrapnel wound to his right hand. His trenchcoat was destroyed. His friend and Lieutenant Tom Wooton (or Wotton - it's spelled different in different sites) went back for him and they were both taken prisoner. Granddad was brought back to health by the Germans (who also kept his trenchcoat for him to show him how lucky he was). Granddad said he was treated really well by the Germans at the hospital and had a lot of respect for them. He was then taken to the POW camp.
That's about all the details I have. Interesting though, huh?
Oops! It's Tom Wootton ELLIOT (left out the most identifiable part of his name). Sorry guys.
Edited by Chell, 24 April 2011 - 04:16 AM.
Left out a detail.
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