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For many years, Gerhard Franzky put the war in the back of his mind. He was more concerned with building a future. He...
Winnecken Gerhard joined the German Army in October 1942. His camp was at Verdun near Metz. Verdun was a walled city...
Gerhard Franzky was a member of the 10th SS Panzer Division Frundsberg. Franzky was born in Leipzig, Germany in 1925....
Gerhard Franzky could quit the Hitler Youth but he was not allowed to quit the civil defense. Soon it was 1942. Many of...
Gerhard Franzky’s unit [Annotator's Note: Headquarters, 22nd Regiment, 10th SS Panzer Division "Frundsburg"] suffered...
[Annotator's Note: Gerhard Franzky served in the Waffen SS as a communications officer in Headquarters, 22nd Regiment,...
Gerhard Franzky remembers the most important thing after Hitler came to power was that the school schedule changed....
[Annotator's Note: Winnecken Gerhard speaks largely in German in this segment with very limited translation to English...
The seven men reached a town that had a substantial German presence and they saw officers sending men to different...
Gerhard Franzky received an order from the division CO [Annotator's Note: commanding officer], Heinz Harmel, to...
In 1936, many of Gerhard Franzky's friends joined the Hitler Youth. For them it was like the scouts [Annotator's Note:...
At the time, Gerhard Franzky thought Hitler was a great man. Franzky's father got another job and was later able to...
[Annotator's Note: Gerhard Franzky served in the Waffen SS as a communications officer in Headquarters, 22nd Regiment,...
Gerhard Franzky remembers Leipzig before the war as being a very historical city with very old opera houses and...
The attack on the barn took place between Arras and Amiens. When Gerhard Franzky was caught the second time he was sent...
After leaving Leipzig, Gerhard Franzky was caught at the border crossing at Premysl and sent to Berlin. In Berlin he...
Winnecken Gerhard was sent to Normandy around 15 May 1944, only a few weeks prior to the D-Day invasion [Annotator's...
A few days later, Gerhard Franzky was caught by surprise as the allies launched Operation Market Garden. On 17...
Gerhard Franzky's home in Leipzig was occupied by the Russians. Having already been to Russia once before, Franzky had...
[Annotator's Note: Gerhard Franzky served in the Waffen SS as a communications officer in Headquarters, 22nd Regiment,...
Winnecken Gerhard was captured by the Americans. He still had a rifle grenade in his pocket after being searched. He...
Gerhard Franzky bounced around quite a bit in the armed forces. While in Nuremberg, Franzky walked by a radio room and...
Winnecken Gerhard returned to his homeland after the war. He sailed on a Liberty Ship which took much longer than his...
Gerhard Franzky was very proud to be a member of the Waffen SS. He sees the inter-service rivalry to be much the same...
Winnecken Gerhard was in Russia for some months as a replacement in the Sixth Army. That Army was eventually destroyed...
Rall was an Army cadet and after the war school, kriegschule, in Dresden he was promoted to a first lieutenant. He had...
The 109's [Annotator's Note: Messerschmitt Bf-109] undercarriage wasn't very sensible. Early on when they trained...
The Americans had very qualified airplanes in the P-51 and P-47. He remembered that the P-47 could keep a higher speed...
On 12 May 1944, there was a big air raid with 800 bombers and top cover from Hub Zemke and his wolf pack. They came...
After losing his thumb Rall was out of combat for a while because his wound was infected.He went back to his wing early...
[Annotator's Note: for the first 35 seconds of this segment Rall is speaking German with someone in the room other than...
[Annotator's Note: for the first 35 seconds of this segment Rall is speaking German with someone in the room other than...

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