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  • Project 1944
    specific intelligence During the short daylight hours these specially selected men from a Sturmzug of GR 989 277 Volksgrenadier Division having a final rehearsal of the drills for the coming night patrol Helmets and all the rattling equipment will be dropped during these night patrols Only the MP44 belt with magazine pouches and some egg grenades in the jacket pockets will be needed for this kind of mission Note that the three Grenadiers are carrying the MP44 in the so called Hüftschuss position intended for quick firing from the hip at close quarters The method of carrying a rifle during patrols as it is practiced by most of today s armies was not used by the German Army during world war two This is the result of the patrol the following morning A soldier of the 99th US Infantry Division has been taken prisoner at the end of the night Men of the Zugtrupp that brought ammunition and rations to the first line are tasked to bring the prisoner back to the rear together with the empty food containers Contrary to the Geneva Convention forcing prisoners to carry materials like these food containers or taking warm clothing items was a

    Original URL path: http://www.project1944.be/Volksgrenadiere/Page2/VGD2.html (2016-05-02)
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  • Project 1944
    one hour while the other was trying to sleep Some 30 meter before this line a Grenadier starts to dig a shallow groove at the edge of the wood that will serve as a listening and observation post with a view right to the U S fronline on Belgian territory A field telephone line connects the 1 Kompanie that is occupying the most forward positions with the 4 Schwere Kompanie

    Original URL path: http://www.project1944.be/Volksgrenadiere/Page4/VGD4.html (2016-05-02)
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  • Project 1944
    months when the VGD structure became operational Veterans stated that a new load of MP44 and G 43 came yet in January 1945 On their way to the lines they have to shelter for American mortar fire the so called GraWe Feuer The mortarfire has stopped forward again But a little later they finally run out of luck and got hit by deadly tree burst On a static front this

    Original URL path: http://www.project1944.be/Volksgrenadiere/Page5/VGD5.html (2016-05-02)
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  • Project 1944
    along a two mile corridor the Wahlerscheid crossroads Heartbreak crossroads and Hasselpath Hills 621 and 627 to seize two key dams on the Ruhr River Aided by two battalions of the 99th by the evening of December 15 the 2nd Division had slugged forward barely one mile at a cost of 700 infantrymen but managed to capture some German soldiers The Project 1944 team wishes to thank the community of

    Original URL path: http://www.project1944.be/Volksgrenadiere/Page6/VGD6.html (2016-05-02)
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  • Project 1944
    pictures letters or even a few cigarettes This depended on the person who searched the pockets Luckily for them this first corporal is in a good mood today  Erik Suijkerbuijk The first contact is pretty stressful they do not know what to expect and how the British reactions will be  Erik Suijkerbuijk  Erik Suijkerbuijk  Erik Suijkerbuijk This Unterofficier feels quite humiliated to be photographed as a

    Original URL path: http://www.project1944.be/POW/Page2/Ubergabe2.html (2016-05-02)
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  • Project 1944
    that will take them away  Erik Suijkerbuijk Another day at work Since the German front collapsed in the middle of august and the Allies moved in high speed to Belgium taking German prisonners is an almost daily task for

    Original URL path: http://www.project1944.be/POW/Page3/Ubergabe3.html (2016-05-02)
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  • Project 1944
    where they will get further interrogatio ns about their unit commanders weapons and campaigns While marching on they pass some silent witnesses of the fightings the days before The war is also over for this guys but on a very

    Original URL path: http://www.project1944.be/POW/Page4/Ubergabe4.html (2016-05-02)
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  • Project 1944
    on today s task Their task is to fire indirect at a crossroad so that the 159th lorried Inf Bgd can do their job The rest of the section wil be located further on the line to fire from a different angle at the objective The MMG group advances towards their firing position The basic crew of the vickers machine gun consists of three members The No1 is the gunner

    Original URL path: http://www.project1944.be/Vickers/Page2/Vickers2.html (2016-05-02)
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