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Posted: January 02, 2008 08:05 pm
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The fir tree branch was used as a symbol of the mountain troops. Some battalions had a fir tree branch on their 7 year service badge.


Thanks for the answer, Victor. It helps clarifies things.

At first, due to the fir tree, I thought it may have been an invitation for a Christmas banquet. However, the contents of the menu indicate a summer-time meal - green lettuce salad, cauliflower, etc.

Overall, an odd, yet interesting glimpse into the past (Crimea, 1942).
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Posted: November 21, 2014 12:19 pm
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Source Axis History Forum :
(It seems it carryes the translator's style)

Proclamation issued by general Erwin Jaenecke before the final phase of the battle for Crimea (the battles around Sevastopol) :

"Soldiers of the 17th Army, the Fuhrer ordered us to defend the Sevastopol fortress and, by doing so, trusted us with a very important and serious mission. Our mission has a huge importance.
The enemy made the mistake of taking powerful forces and an overwhelming number of tanks from the important points of the Eastern front to send against Crimeea. This superior force succeded to break through our overextended front at Sivash, after a hard battle. The quick redeployement of our Army at Sevastopol succeded in stopping the enemy, forcing them to assault again against our determined defence, causing them terrible losses, they lost 602 tanks between 8 and 23 April. Everything they lose here they will lack in their Western offensive against the heart of Romania.
The actions of the brave German and Romanian soldiers here in Crimeea, through faithfull duty and bravery, serve a greater purpose.
The harder the enemy will struggle to conquer Sevastopol, the safer our country will be, shielded by our actions.
We are all aware of the tough battle that lies ahead. The Fuhrer will help us with weapons and reinforcements. But our strongest force is our interior force, the determination and unity proved by us in hundreds of battles in the Caucasus, Kuban and Crimeea, all of us, Germans and Romanians, ground forces, airforce and navy.
Our motto is: "No step back!". Victory is ahead while death lies backwards. We will stay here as long as the Fuhrer orders us, in this critical spot of the titanic battle. Whoever will try to leave this mission, who will leave his post, those responsible of the limited combat strength of our army, will be executed.
Let the Soviets come, they will be destroyed. Let their tanks advance, if you infantrymen cannot stop them, let them enter our positions, they will be easier destroyed there.
Every man able to hold a weapon will be sent to the front.
All the reserves are ordered to work day and night to fortify the positions in depth.
The 17th Army fights now in a place where thousands of our brave troops offered an example. We will succeed in our mission, like they did, for our country!
Long live the Fuhrer !
Long live his Majesty King Mihai !
Long live Marshall Antonescu !"

General Jaenecke, Sevastopol, 24 April 1944
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  Posted: November 23, 2014 04:59 am
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Something that I mentioned few years ago, it does not hurt to repeat.
When the end was near, the German pioneers built a railroad ending at the edge of a cliff, then the remaining wagons were pushed into the abyss that was near the cliff. The last to be pushed there were few wagons with fuel, then they set everything on fire.
They had thrown so much food and chocolate near the beach, in order to not be captured, that the water near the seashore changed its color.
The soldiers were allowed on the evacuation vessels only with their clothing (the lucky ones who could get evacuated). No backpack was allowed.
Among other things from his backpack, my grandfather left behind a good pair of binoculars. This really hurt me to hear in my childhood, when I wanted to have binoculars but that never happen (in those days).
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Let the Soviets come, they will be destroyed. Let their tanks advance, if you infantrymen cannot stop them, let them enter our positions, they will be easier destroyed there.

In some instances when groups of Soviet tanks punched deep behind the first lines of defense, the situation was rescued by groups of German motorcycles having the "passengers" firing with Panzerfaust.

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Posted: November 23, 2014 10:04 am
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QUOTE (Florin @ November 23, 2014 04:59 am)
the remaining wagons were pushed into the abyss that was near the cliff. The last to be pushed there were few wagons with fuel, then they set everything on fire.
They had thrown so much food and chocolate near the beach, in order to not be captured, that the water near the seashore changed its color.

From a russian book "Crimeea liberation..." :
Such a demolition was made at Inkerman. A huge cemetery of crushed locomotives and wagons remained there till 1948...
And from a book of Paul Karel...
... all the horses were killed and thrown into the sea. Thousands of dead horses were floating, rocking by sea waves... Romanians did their job with MGs...

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