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Paratroopers gathering in Braunschweig, 1951
Old 08-11-2014, 05:39 PM   #1
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Default Paratroopers gathering in Braunschweig, 1951

Some photos of the reunion for former paratroopers, including General der Fallschirmptruppe Hermann-Bernhard Ramcke, in 1951. (Credits to http://www.gahetna.nl/)
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Ramcke speaking to former comrades.
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Old 08-11-2014, 05:42 PM   #4
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Ramcke doing some sort of "work" with a hammer.

Also, a little zoom at the helmet on the right.
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This last one is of Generaloberst Kurt Student during a FJ reunion in Kassel, 1953.
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Old 08-11-2014, 06:29 PM   #6
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Sepp thanks a lot for sharing with us these super-interesting pw photos!!

I really love them!

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Great pictures! Thanks for sharing!
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realy very interesting thanks ! helmet looks to be tropical camo
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Those are great photos! Ramcke was greatly admired by his troops. There was a local FJ veteran who served with him all the way to Festung Brest and his eyes would twinkle when he spoke of him.

Interesting to see the helmet. I wonder if it is a DAK helmet.
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Ramcke's breakout with his men at El Alamein and showing up later after being given up for 'lost", is the stuff of legend. He was described as broadly smiling with his stainless steel teeth. His natural teeth had all been lost in a parachute accident. Quite a guy!
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Hasn't Changed At All!
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War Hasn't Changed At All!

Gentlemen,

As the holder of the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords,and Diamonds, Bernhard Hermann Ramcke was still going strong after World War II. He hasn't aged much at all! He must have exercise himself to keep healthy. Born on January 1889,Ramcke had started to become a paratrooper at the age of 51 in 1940. He was a tough front line German soldier through and through!

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Most enjoyable, thanks for posting.


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When Kurt Meyer was being escorted out of their PW camp, Ramcke came over to him joined arms with Meyer and walked with him. He presented Meyer with his Knights Cross with Oakleaves and Swords and gave him his field cap. He told Meyer this was so he could present himself with full military bearing before his judges and captors. One month later Meyer was sentenced to death.

Meyer met his 10 year old son for the first time in prison and gave him Ramcke's Knights Cross requesting that he give it to his older sister for safe keeping and return to Ramcke. Over the years his children forgot each time they saw Onkle Ramcke to return the award as their father had wished.

After Meyer's release and at a reunion in Ramcke's honor, Meyer took to the stage told this story and then presented back to General der Fallschirmptruppe Hermann-Bernhard Ramcke the exact RK mit eichenlaub und schwerten .

Ramcke, always a joker, asked for a drink as it was so dry in the hall.

Ramcke then reiterated the story expounding on being a prisoner and about the post war years. He also reminded Meyer of why he did what did. He then gently ribbed Meyer that he was awarded the next highest level of Knights Cross with Oak leaves Swords and Diamonds.

He then said to Kurt Meyer

"This decoration you have worn in the heaviest hours and your son has kept holy watch over it so, my dear Panzermeyer, may I return it to you? The swords that are there, my men have forged from the steel head of a torpedo in the Brest Fortress. Keep this befitting your character and then later pass this as a legacy to your proud boy. "
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When Kurt Meyer was being escorted out of their PW camp, Ramcke came over to him joined arms with Meyer and walked with him. He presented Meyer with his Knights Cross with Oakleaves and Swords and gave him his field cap. He told Meyer this was so he could present himself with full military bearing before his judges and captors. One month later Meyer was sentenced to death.

Meyer met his 10 year old son for the first time in prison and gave him Ramcke's Knights Cross requesting that he give it to his older sister for safe keeping and return to Ramcke. Over the years his children forgot each time they saw Onkle Ramcke to return the award as their father had wished.

After Meyer's release and at a reunion in Ramcke's honor, Meyer took to the stage told this story and then presented back to General der Fallschirmptruppe Hermann-Bernhard Ramcke the exact RK mit eichenlaub und schwerten .

Ramcke, always a joker, asked for a drink as it was so dry in the hall.

Ramcke then reiterated the story expounding on being a prisoner and about the post war years. He also reminded Meyer of why he did what did. He then gently ribbed Meyer that he was awarded the next highest level of Knights Cross with Oak leaves Swords and Diamonds.

He then said to Kurt Meyer

"This decoration you have worn in the heaviest hours and your son has kept holy watch over it so, my dear Panzermeyer, may I return it to you? The swords that are there, my men have forged from the steel head of a torpedo in the Brest Fortress. Keep this befitting your character and then later pass this as a legacy to your proud boy. "
What a fantastic story Lloyd, thank you for sharing it here

Over the years I could only manage to find one photo of Meyer wearing a postwar set of Swords.
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