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The remains of 5 German soldiers found (D-Day)

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    Hey guys, appologies if this has already been posted, but I've just stumbled across this story.

    Five German soldiers were found in May of this year in Northern France. They are believed to have been KIA by British or Canadian forces during the invasion of Normandy.

    Found alongside them were bits of kit, helmets, dogtags (thankfully) ammunition and a fountain pen! At least one was an officer. They were exhumed, and given a proper burial. RIP



    Remains of five Nazi soldiers killed on D-Day are discovered in France | Mail Online
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    good to see these men being respected , and properly buried !

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    Quote by Alan M View Post
    good to see these men being respected , and properly buried !
    It certainly is mate!

    This picture really made me sit back and think! It's a graphic illustration of WW2! My great uncle Joe fought in France during the D-Day landings, as did my step-dad's father - Noel.

    Respect to all those who fought, and lost their lives!

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    Nice to see they are getting treated properly.

    I was intrigued by this bit in the article.....

    The grave was found on May 8th by an amateur historian investigating the battlefield around Bavent, seven miles north east of Caen.

    .........amateur historian ? No way ! Metal detectorist after relics I'll bet.

    Still....at least he reported the find which cannot be said for all MDers, unfortunately.

    Steve T

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    At the time just so much battlefield rubbish to be disposed of. One thing the vets always remember, other than the mortars, was the smell.

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    Shortly after landing in France, my uncle Joe was firing heavy artillery on a German position. After it all went quiet, and the position was secured, one of the guys shouted Joe to come and inspect the damage his gun had done. He described a scene of total devastation! He said he'd never forget the sight.... or indeed the smell!

    I interviewed Joe for a good couple of hours, and recorded it on dictaphone. I'll type out, and post the transcript shortly.

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    god rest them

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    Looks like they were exhumed with dignity, great to see someone will know what happened to a loved one , awesome , cheers Raymond

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    As Woody says: A graphic illustration of the tragic consequences of war.

    Their poor mothers may have never known any details
    of their deaths at all. "Missing - Presumed dead in Normandy"

    At least now these boys can be properly identified, returned to
    their families and given a decent burial, - RIP.

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    Really nice to see that the old wounds are closing and all the vets of the war are being respected. Thanks for sharing the pic.

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