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#1 40th Alabama

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Posted 07 February 2007 - 03:27 AM

These photographs were in my dad's scrapbook and I have no idea why-maybe his unit was lodged there for a night or something. Very nice home place and the old man aparently enjoys his pipe and beer!

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Posted 07 February 2007 - 03:33 AM

This pack of pictures had some post cards with them and I was able to find out that the address still existed (Dynslakin as I recall).

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Posted 07 February 2007 - 03:50 AM

Interesting photos - the first lot look pre-WW1 (going by the womens' clothing).
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Posted 07 February 2007 - 03:59 AM

I wonder if the Wilh Herber photographers is the same one that exists in SCHL√úCHTERN now.

The photographer / album was from Lobberich, near the Dutch border
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Posted 07 February 2007 - 04:12 AM

The woman in uniform in the third and fourth pictures has the Reichsarbeitdienst (RAD) badge:

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Posted 07 February 2007 - 09:13 AM

Lobberich here.
Maps, Weather, and Airports for Lobberich, Germany

Alabama, does that location match up with movements of your Dad's unit?
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Posted 07 February 2007 - 09:46 AM

The airports are a close match for some former 2nd TAF (later RAF Germany) stations. From memory. they were, formerly (and probably) Wildenrath. Geilenkirchen Butzweilerhof Brugen etc. I was stationed nearby when some of these stations were in progress of being built from about 1951 onwards. Just a sponteneous thought.
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Posted 08 February 2007 - 03:56 AM

I haven't been able to really track where he went. He seemed to be in one army one week and another the next. I will try to tie that down this weekend.
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Posted 08 February 2007 - 11:08 AM

Interesting photos - the first lot look pre-WW1 (going by the womens' clothing).


I think the house architecture does not look German.

It has the look of France, particularly the wall and iron fencing.

These photographs are from a different era to the Nazi regime era photographs
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Posted 08 February 2007 - 12:18 PM

US forces did not have a presence in this part of Northern Germany as this area was the battle task of the British and Canadian Armies until the Germans surrendered.

However,the Allied plans for the occupation of Northen Germany included a US enclave to be set up from Bremen and the Weser estuary up to and including Bremerhaven to provided the Americans with a major port and stores area to supply the US occupied zone of Southern Germany.This became effective from 1 May 1945 and evenually on 7 May 1945,the first units of the US 29 Division,entitled 'Task Force Bremen' arrived and stayed until December 1945 when relief of the Division started with the arrival of the US 78 Division, 311 Infantry Regiment.The enclave arrangement existed until the creation of the German Federal Republic.

During the hectic days of summer 1945,the US 29 Division had the responsibilty of guard duties,manning perimeter check points,countering black market activities and arresting Nazi officials.In addition, between 23 July and 21 November 1945, the Division received and processed over 185.000 German POWs who had been brought from Norway by ship and took care of 8000 displaced persons (DPs), mostly Poles who were housed in four DP camps around Bremen.

Could the second batch of photographs have been liberated from the German POWs shipped in from Norway?
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Posted 08 February 2007 - 04:58 PM

Going by the womens fashion I would suggest 1890 to 1900 maximum. After this the leg-o-mutton sleeves were going out in favour of the tighter Edwardian styles. I can double check this with a reference book i have if needs be. Hope that helps.
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Posted 08 February 2007 - 05:10 PM

Kitty, you'd need to check it against continental styles - I'm sure these lasted right upto the start of the first war. The bearded man looks Bavarianesque.

And how sad is this - I've been checking on lawn-mower history (last picture extreme left) and it seems to be similar to one's that were popular from 1900 to the 1930s. (possibly a Greens New Royal)

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Posted 08 February 2007 - 05:24 PM

Some of the fashions do look as if they are possible for the 20's at a push, but primarily 1890 -1910. I'd need to take a closer look when I have more time. And find where I put that reference book.
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Posted 08 February 2007 - 07:37 PM

(Dynslakin as I recall).


Dinslaken - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

40th, what unit was your dad in?

There seems to have been a far bit of American activity around Dinslaken:

Eg:
79th Infantry Division were there between the 26th to 31st March 1945
35th Infantry Division 110th Q.M. Regiment moved there on 30th March, 1945



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Posted 09 February 2007 - 01:02 AM

The woman in uniform in the third and fourth pictures has the Reichsarbeitdienst (RAD) badge:

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The article on the RAD does not reveal their infamous behaviour in the destruction of Lidice.The RAD Platoon No 1/385 was responsible for the destruction of the village and then went on to remove all trace of the dead in Lidice cemetery.They plundered 60 vaults,140 large family tombs and about 200 single graves and removed all trace of the being of a cemetery.Gold and medallions were plundered from graves.Gravestones and memorials were then transported to Prague where the RAD used them in the foundations for their barracks at Veleslavin.

All that was supposed to have an 'educational influence' on the RAD men as Alexander Commichau said in a letter to the Reich RAD Commander; 'A young man from the Reich Working Service sees that the German sword will fall hard and destroy entirely the sources of disturbance not only on the front, but also in the hinterland......'

They must have been content with their deed by the photographs that were taken.It took all of 1943 to complete the destruction and Lina Heydrich personally attended the ceremony when the Platoon was given the honorary name 'Reinhard Heydrich' in September 1942.
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Posted 14 February 2007 - 01:28 AM

Ok, here is a page of a letter indicating that dad was in north Germany up around the Baltic, town of Schwerin. See bottom of page 3 and top of page 4. This appears to be just a little north and east of Loberich

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Posted 14 February 2007 - 01:47 AM

187th Engineer Combat Battalion. They ferried the 79th Infantry Division across the Rhine on 24 Mar 1945. They built two bridges across the Rhine Herne Canal-I don't know what unit they were supporting.
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Posted 14 February 2007 - 01:48 AM

Is that to your mother? Did she become a "pistol packing mama" with a Mauser 32 in her purse? :)
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Posted 14 February 2007 - 02:01 AM

I understand that she and dad went to New Orleans when dad got home and the small pistol was stolen from the car. The Luger we still have.
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Posted 11 March 2007 - 04:55 AM

Here are a couple of pictures with the first and second having written on the back, Baltic Sea. I scanned the back of the third where it indicates meeting the Russians. Interesting, note the black captain. I thought we were segregated at that time.

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Posted 07 February 2011 - 10:39 PM

Hi Alabama - My grandfather served in the 187th Engineer Combat Battalion C Company. We have the book on the company but are still looking for more info on where they were and everything. Do you have any pictures or documents from the 187th? Thanks!
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Posted 08 February 2011 - 10:46 AM

Linde,

Hello and welcome to the forum.

Good luck with your search for more information.

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