June 10, 1944 Ghost Village


Was war nochmal an einem 10. Juni? Woran könnte man sich heute erinnern? Ach ja! Der D-Day. Schaut mal hier……

Today in History

On D+4 after the Normandy invasion of WW2, the 2nd Panzer Division of the Waffen SS was passing through the Limousin region, in west-central France.  „Das Reich“ had been ordered to help stop the Allied advance, when SS-Sturmbannführer Adolf Diekmann received word that SS officer Helmut Kämpfe was being held by French Resistance forces in the village of Oradour-sur-Vayres.

Oradour-sur-Glane-Hardware

Diekmann’s battalion sealed off the nearby village of Oradour-sur-Glane, unaware of their own confusion between the two villages.

Everyone in the town was ordered to assemble in the village square, for examination of identity papers. The entire population of the village was there, plus another half-dozen unfortunates, caught riding their bicycles at the wrong place, and the wrong time.

Oradour-sur-Glane-ChurchThe women and children of Oradour-sur-Glane were locked in a village church while German soldiers looted the town.  The men were taken to a half-dozen barns and sheds, where the machine guns…

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