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Originally posted by horten229v3
OMG what is up with all the British and American BS about good units? So you decide to just disregard the massive amount of facts that point to the Germans in WW2?
Originally posted by HowlrunnerIV
Probably the SS Panzer Grenadiers.
I the early summer of 1942 virtually the whole regiment was deployed to the Ukraine to spearhead the twin proinged drive to the Caucasus and toward Stalingrad....
Once again the various companies were usd in the Spearhead role to seize vital bridges, especially across the Don River, when the offensive began on the 28th of June. One of the most important was that undertaken by 3rd Battalions 8th Company in upport of the push by 5th SS Panzer Division ' Wiking ', the 16th Motorised Infantry Division and the 13th Panzer Division to take the city of Maikop on the Kuban Steppes in the Northern Caucasus in August.
The Brandenburgers had 2 detachments involved. ONe was the 63 man team, including many fluent Russian speakers, under Lt Baron Adrian von Foelkersam. It was to precede the attack by a long range mission to Maikop, while a short range mission led by Lt Ernst Prohaska, was tasked with seizing a bridge over the Bjelaja River across which the regular forces had to pass.
The Foelkersam detachment moved first. Dressed in NKVD ( KGB forerunners )unifoems they crossed the frontlines near Alexandrovskaja under cover of darkness, a week before ( the 2nd ) the main attack opened and successfully reached Maikop, where they were greeted warmly by the local NKVD commander and given billets. Over the following days, Foelkersam was taken on guided tours of the city's main installation and laid plans for a takeover. On the day of the attack his force split into 3 groups. One severed telephone and telegraph lines from Maikop to the frontline units and occupied the central telegraph office, answering any calls with the ' official ' order that the city had to be abandoned. A 2nd group under Foelkersam himslef took over a strongpoint and issued false withdrawl orders to Red Army units in the immediate vicinity, whilst the 3rd group succeeded in preventing the destruction of all but one of the city's oil storage tanks. On the 9th Prohaska led his team. also dressed in enemy uniforms and mounted on Red Army trucks, across teh Bjelaja Bridge. The appearance of apparently retreating Soviet troops sowed panic amoung the defenders of the bridge and they fled, the Brandenburgers then disarmed the demolition charges which had been primed to destroy the bridge. A spearhead from the 13th Panzer crossed safely and Maikop fell the same day. Foelkersam and Prohaska were both awarded Knight's Crosses for the operation, the latter posthumously.
Most Japanese Americans who fought in WWII were Nisei, second-generation Japanese Americans born in the U.S.. Nevertheless, shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Japanese American men in the mainland U.S. were categorized as 4C (enemy alien), non-draftable, and they and their families were removed to internment or relocation camps.
In Hawaii, a large proportion of the population were of Japanese descent: internment was not practicable, so curfews were imposed instead. General Delos C. Emmons (commanding general of the U.S. Army in Hawaii) decided to discharge Japanese Americans from units of the Hawaiian Territory Guard and National Guard. Many volunteered to continue in non-combat roles, until, on June 5, 1942, a special unit of 1,300 Japanese Americans, the Hawaiian Provisional Battalion, sailed for training on the mainland. They landed at Oakland, California on June 10, 1942 and became 100th Infantry Battalion two days later (the "One Puka Puka") and were sent to Camp McCoy.
The 100th performed so well in training that, on February 1, 1943, the U.S. Government reversed its decision on Japanese Americans serving in the armed forces. President Roosevelt announced the formation of the 442nd Infantry Regimental Combat Team (the "Go For Broke" regiment), famously saying "Americanism is not, and never was, a matter of race or ancestry". Nevertheless, families of the regiment's members remained interned.
The 100th landed at Salerno on September 26, 1943. After obtaining its initial objective of Monte Milleto, the 100th joined the assault on Monte Cassino. The 100th fought valiantly, suffering many casualties. It sailed from North Africa with 1,300 men on September 22, 1943, but by February 1944 could only muster 521. The depleted unit joined the defense of the beachhead at Anzio until May 1944, and then added momentum to the push for Rome, but was halted only 10 miles from the city. Some believe that the 100th was deliberately halted to allow non-Japanese soldiers to liberate Rome.
The remainder of the 442nd (other than the 1st battalion, much of which had already been sent as replacements for the 100th, and the remainder of which remained in the U.S. to train further replacements) landed at Anzio and joined the 100th Battalion in Civitavecchia north of Rome on June 10, 1944. The 100th Battalion was allowed to keep its unit designation in recognition of its distinguished fighting record. The combined unit continued in the push up Italy, before joining the invasion of southern France, where the 442nd participated in the fight to liberate Bruyeres in south France, and famously rescued "The Lost Battalion" at Biffontaine. Pursuant to army tradition of never leaving soldiers behind, over a five-day period, from 26 October to 30 October 1944, the 442nd suffered over 800 casualties, nearly half of its soldiers, while rescuing 211 members of the Texan 1st Battalion of the 141st Regiment which had been surrounded by German forces in the Vosges mountains since 24 October.
The 522nd Field Artillery Battalion remained in France, and joined the push into Germany in late 1944 and 1945. Scouts from the 522nd were among the first Allied troops to release prisoners from the Dachau concentration camp. The remainder of the 442nd returned to Italy to continue the fight against the Gothic Line established by German Field Marshal Kesselring in the Apennines.
The 442nd is commonly reported to have suffered a casualty rate of 314 percent (i.e. on average, each man was injured more than three times), informally derived from 9,486 purple hearts divided by some 3,000 original in-theater personnel. U.S. Army battle reports show the official casualty rate, combining KIA (killed) with MIA (missing) and WIA (wounded and removed from action) totals, is 93%, still uncommonly high. The purple heart figure, though representing a broader range of wounds including those which may not have removed a soldier from action, is disputed by some researchers.
Fighting in the European theatre, the 442nd became the most decorated unit in U.S. military history for its size and length of service, earning it the title, the "Purple Heart Battalion." The 442nd received 7 Presidential Unit Citations (5 earned in one month), and its members received around 18,000 awards, including:
1 Medal of Honor (awarded posthumously to PFC Sadao S. Munemori, Company A, 100th Battalion, for for action near Seravezza, Italy, on April 5, 1945
52 Distinguished Service Crosses (20 of which were upgraded to Medals of Honor in June 2000)
1 Distinguished Service Medal
560 Silver Stars (plus 28 Oak Leaf Clusters for a second award)
22 Legion of Merit Medals
15 Soldier's Medals
4,000 Bronze Stars (plus 1,200 Oak Leaf Clusters)
9,486 Purple Hearts
The troops of the 442nd Regiment fought in eight major campaigns in Italy, France and Germany, including the battles at Belmont, Bruyeres and Biffontaine. At Biffontaine, the unit fought perhaps its most famous battle, the "Rescue of the Lost Battalion". In this bloody confrontation, the 442nd unit lost more than 800 troops to rescue 211 members of the Texan 1st Battalion of the 141st Regiment. There were also numerous accounts of individuals who displayed incredible valor while attempting to advance their positions and rescue wounded comrades.
Originally posted by fritz
A very small detachment of Brandenburg men (about 75 Slavs and Germans) led by Baron Adrian von Folkersam, penetrated deep behind Russian lines. Disguised as Political and NKVD Officers, they even persuaded a group of Red Army deserters to join them and when within site of their target, they threw grenades to simulate an artillery bombardment. Rushing forward, von Folkersam and his men managed to pursuade the local Red Army unit to retreat, thus enabling he and his men to capture the Maikop oilfields without a shot being fired.