Skip to comments.WWII’s Strangest Battle: When Americans and Germans Fought Together
Posted on 01/19/2014 5:43:24 PM PST by Jacob Kell
Days after Hitlers suicide a group of American soldiers, French prisoners, and, yes, German soldiers defended an Austrian castle against an SS divisionthe only time Germans and Allies fought together in World War II. Andrew Roberts on a story so wild that it has to be made into a movie. The most extraordinary things about Stephen Hardings The Last Battle, a truly incredible tale of World War II, are that it hasnt been told before in English, and that it hasnt already been made into a blockbuster Hollywood movie. Here are the basic facts: on 5 May 1945five days after Hitlers suicidethree Sherman tanks from the 23rd Tank Battalion of the U.S. 12th Armored Division under the command of Capt. John C. Jack Lee Jr., liberated an Austrian castle called Schloss Itter in the Tyrol, a special prison that housed various French VIPs, including the ex-prime ministers Paul Reynaud and Eduard Daladier and former commanders-in-chief Generals Maxime Weygand and Paul Gamelin, amongst several others. Yet when the units of the veteran 17th Waffen-SS Panzer Grenadier Division arrived to recapture the castle and execute the prisoners, Lees beleaguered and outnumbered men were joined by anti-Nazi German soldiers of the Wehrmacht, as well as some of the extremely feisty wives and girlfriends of the (needless-to-say hitherto bickering) French VIPs, and together they fought off some of the best crack troops of the Third Reich. Steven Spielberg, how did you miss this story?
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Gee, can't imagine why.
Forget Spielberg, this one is right up Mark Wahlberg’s alley. He would do it justice.
Nope, never heard this b4.
Should have teamed up and fought the Soviets.
Tarantino, if he realizes by now that he doesn’t need to pad his cool credentials anymore, would do well with this. Inglorious Bastards was actually a pretty good movie.
he couldn’t even get Tony Stark right in the screen tests..
Never seen this one before either..
They do like to make black girls drive those Hitler jeeps from VW at holyweird in many of their movies.
never seen one? we had 2 per tank in my unit in germany in 1975
It's a whole new "Cowboy" action event (1911 & M3).
There were no blacks to speak of. ONCE IN A WHILE, there would be some African blood that snuck in but it was very rare. If I saw two black Saudis in FIVE long years that would be a lot. I can only remember one. And we could see the skin on their hands so color was obvious.
The Saudis are brown to white-white, lots of mixtures of middle eastern browns to white-white. No black.
Hollywood is fantasy. I learned JUST how fantasy there were when I saw WITH MY OWN EYES, what lies I learned from good ole Hollywood.
I kept waiting for Lawrence of Arabia and Omar Shariff to come by on camels....no such luck. They all drove Fords, especially pick-ups. We saw them load their sheep and goats on the back and drive away.
By the way, their sheep have these HUGE triangle shaped tails. WEIRDEST thing I ever saw.
Also, all the camels they use are females. The male camels are too unpredictable, noisy, mean and nasty.
Hubby and I went down to the Red Sea port of Yanbu and also saw the camel races. But, that's another story!
A friend had one in his tank recovery vehicle in the Gulf War.
He could resurrect Hugo Stiglitz.
That’s the “grease gun”, no?
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