Today is the 65th anniversary of the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp on April 29, 1945 and nothing makes me angrier than reading the exaggerated stories of the US Army veterans who claim that they were there that day. I just sat down at my computer to check the news while I eat my lunch. The very first story that I read about the liberation of Dachau was an article in The Bay City Times, which you can read here.
You can read the true story about the liberation of Dachau here.
Here is a quote from The Bay City Times:
BAY CITY — A Bay City veteran says he “visited hell” on this day 65 years ago when his U.S. Army unit rolled up to the gates of a place synonymous with evil — Dachau.
On April 29, 1945, Emmons Miller was with the 16th Armored Division, which joined with the 7th Armored Division and 45th Infantry Division to roll through the gates of the first and longest-lived concentration camp, located about 10 miles northwest of Munich, Germany.
Emmons Miller was most likely brought to see the Dachau camp in a truck load of soldiers, on General Eisenhower’s orders that as many US soldiers as possible should be brought from the battlefield to see Dachau because someday people might try to deny the Nazi atrocities, which were not yet known as the “Holocaust.” Eisenhower was right, but fortunately, because of his foresight, today we have thousands of veterans still alive who can say, “I was there. Don’t tell me that the Holocaust never happened.”
It was the 20th Armored Division, not the 16th Armored Division or the 7th Armored Division, that was supporting the 45h Infantry Division and the 42nd Infantry Division on their way to take Munich. No one “rolled through the gates” of the Dachau concentration camp because the gate was not big enough for a tank to get through. The Germans had blown up the bridge over the Amper river and the tanks couldn’t get to the camp until later.
Here is another quote from The Bay City Times:
His unit was ordered to pull out and move east and there was one lasting memory of Dachau he can’t shake to this day.
“As we drove away, we looked back and there was a prisoner who got out of the camp and was running after the truck. He couldn’t keep up and fell down. That’s the last thing I saw of the camp.”
A prisoner was “running after the truck?” So Emmons Miller, who was in an Armored Division, “rolled” into the Dachau camp on a truck. Just like hundreds of thousands of American soldiers who were brought to Dachau on General Eisenhower’s orders.