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Post Achtung Minen
Created by John Eipper on 02/03/13 7:15 AM

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Achtung Minen (Randy Black, USA, 02/03/13 7:15 am)

In his 1 February rebuttal to Eugenio Battaglia's post about the good or bad sides of the Wehrmacht, Istvan Simon retorted, "Two German soldiers saved Eugenio's and his mother's life by alerting them to a minefield. But who put the mines there in the first place? Most certainly it was not the American GIs whom Mr. Battaglia considered his "enemies.'"

My curiosity has gotten the best of me. I must ask Istvan how and why he came to the conclusion that "only a German might set out mines on the battlefield?"

It seems to me that the Americans were just as likely the culprits as the Germans might have been.

JE comments: I presume, as did Istvan, that the "Achtung Minen" sign meant it was the handiwork of Germans. Eugenio Battaglia also mentioned that the minefield was in front of a German artillery position. To protect your battery with a minefield makes tactical sense...and the signs certainly are creepy:

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