Oberscharführer Adolf Peichl (middle) posing with the Tiger I crew that scored the 2000th kill for the 2nd SS Panzer Division 'Das Reich' in November 1943. The tanker with wounded arm is the commander of Tiger 'S22' seen in the background.
There is a simple reason the crew recieved their unofficial trophy from Adolf Peichl, because he was the one who knocked out the 2nd SS' 1000th enemy tank in close combat.
Peichl is often called the most successful tank hunter of the Waffen SS, well thats not true but he was definetly one of the most courageous and brave soldiers ever, you will understand why when you take a look at his medals and achievements:
- Wound Badge in black
- Iron Cross 2nd class
- Iron Cross 1st class
- Infantry Assault Badge in bronze
- Ostmedaille 1941/42
- 2x Tank Destruction Badge in silver
- German Cross in gold
- another 3 silver and 1 gold Tank Destruction Badge
- all stages of the Close Combat Clasp in a period of 3 days
- Knights Cross of the Iron Cross
That list surely speaks for itself, alone the golden Close Combat Clasp was awarded to very few people.
Surprisingly it takes a while to find some info on him on the web, so these were just the hard facts. If you want to know more about him let me know in the comments!
RESTORATION AND COLORIZATION OF A VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPH
Taken at the end of 19th or beginning of 20th century a formal photo portrait shows Russian officer wearing a parade uniform of the Imperial Guard regiment, displaying a golden sword with which he was decorated for personal bravery in combat. The photograph was carefully retouched to remove the overall fading and minor scratches. Following the retouching the photograph was lightly colorized to show the splendor of the uniform and the award decoration.
A young French boy of the LVF, (Légion des volontaires français) date unknown. The LVF was a collaborationist militia of Vichy France, and saw widespread action in the East where it fought as the 638th Infantry Regiment against the Soviets
Third Army Louisiana Maneuvers, Camp Polk, La., Pvt Clarence Jones, North Birmingham, Alabama, in slit trench, outfitted with the modern M-1 helmet and an M-1 carbine with carbine, ‘On the Alert’. 4/17/43. 594th Field Artillery Battalion A (NARA-EUCMH)
The 93rd Infantry Division got its start as an all-black outfit during World War I and proved its mettle in ferocious battles in France.
During World War II, the U.S. Army fielded 68 infantry divisions; the normal number of soldiers hovered between 14,000 and 18,000 per division. By early December 1941, the African American press, along with some of their white counterparts, was campaigning to expand the participation of blacks in the war expected to come.
In turn, the U.S. Army clearly stated its position on racial integration. Social integration was a civilian-sociological activity to figure out. It was never meant to be a military issue. In regard to the anticipated war, the Army first envisioned four all-black divisions, but in the end only half came to be. One division—the 92nd—wound up in Italy, while the other—the 93rd—served in the Pacific Theater.
Another division, which would have been designated the 2nd Cavalry Division, got as far as Oran, Algeria, on March 9, 1944. Once there, it was broken up and divvied out in parcels as support units to larger operations and mostly in noncombat roles. It would be up to the 92nd and 93rd to show what the African American infantry soldier was capable of doing.
By war’s end the 93rd would get as far as Mindanao and Leyte in the Philippines while under the command of Brig. Gen. Leonard R. Boyd. When official word of Japan’s surrender came, since there was a shortage of fireworks, the rifles blazed away in celebration. Sergeant James Yancy, 369th Infantry Regiment, said the 93rd joined in the celebration. Then a white officer came over to Yancy’s elated group and ordered them to cease firing; all of their weapons were confiscated. The white troops kept firing away with their celebrations.
During their two years in the Southwest Pacific, the men of the 93rd accumulated 825 military awards for valor and meritorious service: one Distinguished Service Cross,
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No 120 Sqn RAF Squadron's detachment at Reykjavik claimed this Type IXC U-boat on 23 April 1943.
U-189 was one of a pair discovered east of Cape Farewell, Greenland, by Flight Lieutenant J K Moffatt's crew in Liberator V FL923/V while flying to rendezvous with convoy HX234.
"Le portrait de RICHARD GIGNOUD" by #vincentmallea for PROFILE SPLENDA, 2011
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Star birthday, Ann Sheridan. Born February 21, 1915. In March of 1939 Warners announced Sheridan had been voted by a committee of 25 men as the actress with the most "oomph" in America.
She received as many as 250 marriage proposals from fans in a single week. Tagged "The Oomph Girl"—a sobriquet which she reportedly loathed—Sheridan was a popular pin-up girl in the early 1940s. (On the other hand, a February 25, 1940, news story distributed by the Associated Press reported that Sheridan no longer "bemoaned the 'oomph' tag." She continued, "But I'm sorry now. I know if it hadn't been for 'oomph' I'd probably still be in the chorus.") Clara Lou Sheridan (February 21, 1915 – January 21, 1967), known professionally as Ann Sheridan, was an American actress and singer. She worked regularly from 1934 to her death in 1967, first in film and later in television. Notable roles include San Quentin (1937) with Pat O'Brien and Humphrey Bogart, Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) with James Cagney and Bogart, They Drive by Night (1940) with George Raft and Bogart, The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942), Kings Row (1942) with Ronald Reagan, Nora Prentiss (1947) and I Was a Male War Bride (1949) with Cary Grant.
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