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Anonymous: My father brought a War Merit Cross with crossed swords home after WW II. The ribbon on this cross has black on the outsides, then white and then a red stripe in the middle. The others I have seen have red stripes on the outside, then white and then a black stripe in the middle. Why the difference?

The Ribbon that came with it do not belongs to this comendation. By your description, i can say the ribbon is from an Iron Cross:


In another part of the camp they showed me the children, hundreds of them. Some were only six. One rolled up his sleeve, showed me his number. lt was tattooed on his arm. 8-ó030, it was. The others showed me their numbers; they will carry them till they die.

An elderly man standing beside me said, “The children, enemies of the state.” I could see their ribs through their thin shirts. The old man said, “l am Professor Charles Richer of the Sorbonne.” The children clung to my hands and stared. We crossed the courtyard. Men kept coming up to speak to me and to touch me, professors from Poland, doctors from Vienna, men from all over Europe. Men from the countries that made America.


CBS reporter Edward R. Murrow, 15 April 1945 

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Anonymous: I'm having a rough time finding out information about German army medical services during Op Barbarossa specifically. Uniforms, divisions, ranks, equipment, standard practices, advancement, etc. Can you point me in some direction?

This is a very specific question… I’ll see what i can find:

  • There’s a facebook page specially for the German Medical Korps. (Just click in the facebook word. It’ll link you).
  • There’s a book by Alex Buchner;
  • There’s a debate forum. Also this one. (They are not specific as you wish, however, you can always leave your questions into these pages. Maybe some specialist will answer you.)
  • There’s a reenactors group in which you can contact and leave your technical questions.
  • Here you can find the german ranks, they put (medical) at the side of the correspondent rank.

I hope you will find further information into these links (:



Anonymous: Where is widow of A. Jodl live

Alfred Jodl married Irma von Bullion in 1913. She died in early 1944 from pneumonia in Königsberg while awaiting spinal surgery. Later that year, he married his long-time admirer Luise Katharina von Benda. 

Luise was born on 10 September 1905 in Rubkow, Pomerania. After her schooling in Potsdam and Berlin, she was employed in 1926 as a secretary in the Reich Defense Ministry. She later served as the secretary of General der Artillerie Ludwig Beck and then Generaloberst Franz Halder, successive Chiefs of the Army General Staff. In May 1941, she transferred to the German embassy in Rome and worked with the military attaché staff headed by Generalleutnant (later General der Infanterie) Enno von Rintelen. From September 1943, she served on Oberstleutnant Johann Jandl’s German Armed Forces Liaison Staff at Mussolini’s headquarters at Lake Garda. She returned to Berlin in October 1944 and was employed in the Prisoner of War Department of the German Red Cross. In 1948, she was employed by the Institute of International Law at the University of Munich. 

In 1976, Luise Jodl published the book Jenseits des Ende—Leben und Sterben des Generaloberst Alfred Jodl (Beyond the End—Life and Death of Generaloberst Alfred Jodl), the source of this biographical sketch.

She Died in 26 january of 1998, in Unterhaching (Bavaria).”