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Otto Funk - 12th SS

Article about: For those that dont already know Otto Funk died on Sunday 11th Sept 2011. This battle weary photo of him is iconic Nick

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    For those that dont already know Otto Funk died on Sunday 11th Sept 2011.

    This battle weary photo of him is iconic

    Nick
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    Last edited by Woolgar; 09-20-2011 at 02:29 PM.
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    Another one falls.
    Rest in peace.
    Thank you for posting, Nick.
    Cheers.
    Nuno

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    Another consigned to the pages of history. RIP.

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    It's a shame that I am not aware that men like this are alive until after they die. I need to read more.

    RIP

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    I was lucky enough to correspond with Otto on many occasions to discuss his involvement in the Normandy fighting during which his iconic pictures were taken , they were published in the Stuttgarter Illustrierte on 21/6/1944.

    The photos show the baptism of fire of SS Panzer Grenadier Regt 25 in the area of Rots / La Villeneuve , Otto was an MG Schutze with the 15 Kompanie.

    A very helpful guy , RIP Otto.
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    What a privilege Paul ! Treasure those letters!

    Nick
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    I certainly do Nick , i have a lot of signed photos as well , the comparison of the ones taken at Beverloo and then in Rots after 3 days combat are a great illustration of the differences in training and actually fighting !!
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    Iconoc photo, had no idea this was recent, RIP Otto

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    Quote by Paul E View Post
    I was lucky enough to correspond with Otto on many occasions to discuss his involvement in the Normandy fighting during which his iconic pictures were taken , they were published in the Stuttgarter Illustrierte on 21/6/1944.

    The photos show the baptism of fire of SS Panzer Grenadier Regt 25 in the area of Rots / La Villeneuve , Otto was an MG Schutze with the 15 Kompanie.

    A very helpful guy , RIP Otto.
    I would love to have met Otto.

    I'm probably heading out to Germany this summer and hopefully I can still catch one or two of these guys before they pass away.

    regards
    Samir

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    There are not many left sadly

    Nick
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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