Winter Line 1944
Italian front event, we were portraying the
132nd GR RGT, 44th
Infantry Division "Hoch and Deutschmeister."
The traditions of the
German 44.Infanterie-Division were deeply rooted in the history of the
Austrian units which it was originally formed from, namely, the Austrian
K.(u.)k. Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 4 "Hoch- und Deutschmeister" which was
a part of the 2nd Austrian Infantry Division prior to 1938.
Please read the following quotes from Grenadiers assigned to the 362nd
Infantry Division fighting in Italy: (from BATTLGROUND ITALY: THE
GERMAN ARMED FORCES IN THE BATTLE FOR THE "BOOT" by Franz Kurowski)
"I found them (Landsers) sleeping like the dead. Their condition was
shocking; their faces were emaciated, marked with exhaustion, bearded,
unwashed for several days, uniforms tattered and covered in thick clumps
of dried mud. A picture of misery, and this had been one of my best
battalions at one time."
nothing to eat and no winter clothes in this ice hell. During the night
after heavy fighting, they had to crawl past the enemy medics (US) to
strip the enemy dead of their coats and jackets. Even the enemy took
pity on us and gave us a number of these pieces of clothing."
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