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April 25, 2010

Letter from American soldier describes Gardelegen massacre on April 13, 1945

Filed under: Germany, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:34 pm

I received an e-mail from a lady who sent me a pdf of a letter that her uncle, John Lobb, wrote to his Mom and Dad from Camp Washington in France, probably on July 13, 1945.  He included five pictures of the massacre in the town of Gardelegen, where concentration camp prisoners were burned in a barn by the Germans during World War II.  The photos have since been lost, but I have added photos taken by other soldiers which will illustrate what John Lobb saw on April 14th or 15th in 1945.  (more…)

42nd Rainbow Divison newsletter tells about the liberation of Dachau on April 29, 1945

Vernon Lawrence “Larry” Petersen was a Technical Sergeant in the 42nd Rainbow Division of the US Seventh Army during WW II.  His son, Bruce Petersen, wrote in an e-mail to me that “As was the case with many WW II veterans, he would rarely talk about the war, and then only give us very brief glimpses. However, he did note that he was among the first to enter Dachau.”

Larry Petersen died June 11, 2004; in going through his father’s papers, his son came across a number of documents and letters related to his father’s service in the Army that he never knew existed. One of these documents was the 42nd Division World News newsletter which he sent to me. (more…)