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SS units passing through Etampes (South of Paris) in 1943-44?
June 1 2012 at 2:11 AM
(Login lennardg) Missing-Lynx members from IP address 184.108.40.206
A friend of mine showed me this photo, and we were wondering about the "grafitti" on the wall. It could be some kind of makeshift road sign, anyone familiar with the abbreviations used by German units?, maybe "A.R" is Artillerie Regiment. The location of the photo is Etambes, a town located 40 km to the South of Paris. Anyone know what SS units were stationed in that area?
This message has been edited by lennardg from IP address 220.127.116.11 on Jun 1, 2012 5:55 AM
I'd have to re-check my library but I am almost certain Das Reich was billeted near there during that time - and they passed through there after D -DAY. I believe the US 1st, 2nd and 5th infantry divisions liberated that town in 1944. Das Reich were definitely near there, as the infamous incident at Oradour-sur-Glane happened not too far away, where almost 650 civilians were killed in reprisals for resistance attacks on members of Das Reich.
The Roman numeral five cannot be a division as 5TH SS Div. Wiking were in the east. I wonder if it means 5th Abteilung Regiment as A.R. was a common abbreviation for that. The arrow to the right is obviously a route marker, and the rhomboid symbol denotes an armoured detachment. Looks like a "seven" underneath, or maybe a "one"?
A very interesting mystery - we need to repaint the Mystery Machine in ambush scheme!
This message has been edited by MichaelMarles from IP address 18.104.22.168 on Jun 1, 2012 5:16 PM
lennard grahn (Login lennardg) Missing-Lynx members 22.214.171.124
June 1 2012, 5:32 AM
the "V" could be the company? (5 th), I think it says "7a" under the panzer rhomboid
Ha, ha - with secret signs painted on the wall, maybe the special secret workshop for painting the ambush scheme was located behind that door the girl in the photo is standing next to