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Rudolf von Ribbentrop Passed Away at the Age of 98

Rudolf von Ribbentrop, son of Hitler’s foreign minister Joachim von Ribbentrop, has passed away at the age of 98 on May 20, 2019 in Ratingen, Germany. Rudolf von Ribbentrop was highly decorated during World War 2 with the Knight’s Cross (“Ritterkreuz”), Germany’s highest military valor award, and the German Cross in Gold (“Deutsches Kreuz in …

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SS-Sturmmann Otto Funk, SS-Aufklärungs Kompanie 15, carrying ammo box for MG 42 of SS-Schütze Klaus Schuh, around 2-30 pm in Rots, Normandy. 9 June 1944.

Otto Funk and his unit in Normandy: Now & Then

You’ve probably seen one of the most famous photographs taken in Normandy, 1944, already that show the young Waffen-SS soldier Otto Funk with a ‘Thousand Yard Stare’. Funk was only 18 years old at that time, had been fighting continuously for days; almost no sleep and Allied planes were interfering with every German move which …

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James "Pee Wee" Martin, left, poses for a photo with Erich Bessoir June 7, 2014, at Omaha Beach, in Normandy, France. Martin met Bessoir, a German World War II veteran of the Waffen-SS, to promote understanding of former enemies and progressing international friendships during the celebration of the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. (Credits: Alexander W. Riedel)

D-Day Paratrooper and former Waffen-SS Soldier share experiences

OMAHA BEACH, France — Meeting at the notorious “bloody” Omaha beach here along the coast of northern France, two former enemies talked about what happened 70 years ago in the D-Day invasion of Normandy. Invited by a group of European historians, James “Pee Wee” Martin, a 101st Airborne Division veteran, joined Erich Bissoir, a former …

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