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The little known surrender of Ramcke's Sword to Gen.Canham

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    Most know the famous surrender of German Lieutenant General Hermann-Bernhard Ramcke at the Battle for Brest in France.
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    Brest was largely surrounded and infiltrated by partisan guerillas who succeeded in killing one of Ramcke's junior officers in the seat next to him as they drove through an ambush. Commanding about 35,000 German troops Ramcke led the defense of Brest from 11 August until 19 September. Ramcke refused early requests to surrender and followed orders to hold out as long as possible. On the final day of battle, it was only after escaping a strafing attack during a personal reconnoiter of the area, and the entry of American forces into the bunker, that General der Fallschirmtruppe Hermann-Bernhard Ramcke surrendered, on the same day as he was awarded the Swords (99th Recipient) & Diamonds (20th recipient) to the Knights Cross.
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    The man responsible for taking Ramcke prisoner was one of America's highest decorated soldier, Brigadier General Charles D.W. Canham. For his actions on Omaha Beach, and the fighting to take Saint Lô, he received the United States' second highest award for valor in combat, the Distinguished Service Cross.
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    Soon afterwards Canham was promoted to Brigadier General and was named as the Assistant Division Commander of the 8th Infantry Division. It was in this capacity during the surrender of the German garrison at the Port of Brest that Canham unknowingly gave the 8th Infantry Division its motto. Upon entering the headquarters of Lieutenant General Hermann-Bernhard Ramcke, a famed leader of German paratroops, Ramcke demanded to know the lower ranking Canham's credentials as a condition of surrender. Unruffled, Canham pointed to the dirty and tired American soldiers he had brought with him to witness the surrender and said,.................................These are my credentials.
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    The account of this event, which was reported in the New York Times, saw in this spontaneous statement of a combat leader the greatest tribute ever paid to the real power of the American Army,.....The Individual Soldier
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    By the end of World War II, Canham had earned every award for valor less the Medal of Honor from the United States. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order by General Bernard L. Montgomery of the British Army and several awards for valor from France.
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    The little known surrender of Ramcke's Sword as his final concession of defeat and surrender...
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    General Canham physically accepted Ramcke's Damascus Imperial Sword as his final formal personal gesture of surrender and that of his 35,000 troops.That Sword was given to his grandson, my friend John Canham. We feel it was time to tell this story, get some feedback and maybe some additional stories surrounding this piece of history. We will show images of it as we become more comfortable with doing so.. who knows...we may possibly allow a collector or one of Ramcke's relatives to acquire it from us.
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    We will be shooting images of it after the thanksgiving holiday. You can see it's "twin sister" listed as: “Grosse Degen” Imperial Sword (KWEP 1-2-A) on this page:http://www.germaniainternational.com/kweapons.html.
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    We would love to talk to people that know more about this story...and would especially like to speak to some of General Ramcke's relatives. We would hope that some blade weapons experts or collectors can talk to us about our swords value...both from its standard physical value to the value that comes from an item with such a "provenance" and historical significance that this sword has.
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    Looking forward to hearing from many people. Thanks for taking the time and reading "my story"...!
    Al Clark
    alclark@usa.com

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    Hi Al, welcome to the forum and I look forwards to seeing some pics of the sword.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    We all are I think!!
    |<ris
    Always looking for Belgian Congo stuff!
    cheers
    |<ris

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    Quote by stuka f View Post
    We all are I think!!
    |<ris
    Ditto that Stuka ,
    cheers Ronnie

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    If you are serious about contacting the relatives of Ramcke please get in touch i will be able to help you ,

    cheers

    Paul
    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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    PAul,

    Sorry I took so long responding. I am very interested in finding his family. I would love to know if they have any similar stories. Please contact me direct at my email alclark@usa.com it should get my attention faster. thank you. Al

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