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A german flag which was an US soldier trophy

Discussion in 'WW2 Militaria' started by GS59, Oct 30, 2010.

  1. GS59

    GS59 Member

    I bought this big flag ( +/- 1,5 X 4 meters) which was the trophy of an American soldier
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  2. James S

    James S Very Senior Member

    That is a nice flag .
    There is something about the larger sized ones which makes them desirable , having said that I can identify with your avatar in terms of "the party". :)

    Below one of a similar size to yours, no history unfortunately.
     

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  3. GS59

    GS59 Member

    a mistake. How can I delete it ?
     
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  4. GS59

    GS59 Member

    That is a nice flag .
    There is something about the larger sized ones which makes them desirable , having said that I can identify with your avatar in terms of "the party". :)

    Below one of a similar size to yours, no history unfortunately.

    Sorry, I don't understand having said that I can identify with your avatar in terms of "the party".
    It is a turn of phrase, an expression too complicated for my low level of English

    I bought this flag only because it is an US soldier trophy.
     
  5. James S

    James S Very Senior Member

    Sorry , the small photo you use in your posts , the swastika being dropped in the bin. :)
     
  6. GS59

    GS59 Member

    Sorry , the small photo you use in your posts , the swastika being dropped in the bin. :)

    Yes, I understood you spoke about my avatar but I don't understand what you meaned the first time.

    I'm from the East of France, in Metz.
    Here, more than everywhere else in Europe, we hate WW2 Germany and we are sure that +/- all German people were nazi.
    Don't forget We were annexed from 1871 to 1918 , then from 1940 to 1945.
    Here (Moselle, Alsace and Luxembourg) every young man (16 years old) was incorporated into the R.A.D for 6 months to one year, than into Wh or even into W.SS (In Oradour, when Das Reich Division massacred all a little town, Many Alsatians were incorpored in that sinister armored division and specially into Der Führer regiment)
    My wife father by example was in RAD. He always refused to greet the flag, to take the oath and he was repeatedly almost shot.
    After war, even other French people considered we were German and even today it's a period which is difficult to be understood in France. So, I think it's probably more difficult in an other country.
    That's the reason why I choose this avatar.
    If somebody is interested in this particular history and if he is rather patient to accept my poor English, I could tell in detail some anecdotes
     
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  7. Pete Keane

    Pete Keane Senior Member

    Hi GS,

    James was saying that we all agree that the swastika should be dropped in the bin, your avatar shows this very well.

    Schule 53 Oppum.....School 53, Oppum? I wonder if Oppum is a place. It would be interesting if you could work out where it came from - do you know the details of the american soldier who 'liberated' it?

    Regards

    Pete
     
  8. Pete Keane

    Pete Keane Senior Member

    Yep, its a German town. There is a 'volksschule' 53, which may also be an elementary school 53.

    What an unpleasant bunch the nazis were.

    Regards

    Pete
     
  9. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

  10. GS59

    GS59 Member

    Hi GS,

    James was saying that we all agree that the swastika should be dropped in the bin, your avatar shows this very well.

    Schule 53 Oppum.....School 53, Oppum? I wonder if Oppum is a place. It would be interesting if you could work out where it came from - do you know the details of the american soldier who 'liberated' it? soldiers.

    Regards

    Pete
    Thanks. I as wrote when I registred, it's not so easy for me, I'm French and, as you know, we don't speak other languages !!!:wink:
    Yes Oppum is a German town. I'll try to have more information about these US
     
  11. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

  12. Pete Keane

    Pete Keane Senior Member

    it's not so easy for me, I'm French

    sorry, couldnt stop myself.........

    How did the flag come into your possession? I'd have thought the yanks would've taken something like that home with them, does make a great souvenier, although displaying it would take some imagination, its quite large.

    Regards & welcome

    Pete
     
  13. GS59

    GS59 Member

    it's not so easy for me, I'm French

    sorry, couldnt stop myself.........

    How did the flag come into your possession? I'd have thought the yanks would've taken something like that home with them, does make a great souvenier, although displaying it would take some imagination, its quite large.

    Regards & welcome

    Pete


    I bought it on a flea market. The seller generaly sells WW2 items and he collects too.
    He recieved this flag from US veterans with whom he is in contact (so I'll have only to meet the seller to know more about these US soldiers). He didn't want keep it because he really hates that kind of items... I paid it 150 euros.
    Yes it's a rather big and strange trophy to bring back home, but do you think the flag which was taken as a trophy under the Arc de Triomphe in Paris in 1944 (and recently returned to France) was smaller ? ;)
     

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