Women in Wehrmach or SS

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Women in Wehrmach or SS

Post by Wolfchen75 » 23 Oct 2002 15:59

Last night on the History Chanel, there was a program on the HJ that
stated that women served in the Wehrmacht, IS that is fact true ? Did they
serve in combat areas ? Where there female Waffen SS as well ?

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Post by Marcus » 23 Oct 2002 16:19

Women served in an auxilliary within the Wehrmacht, though not as combat troops.

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Post by sylvieK4 » 23 Oct 2002 17:59

I saw that same documentary. It was interesting. One woman interviewed said that she worked with other girls on an anti-aircraft battery, working the searchlights and guns. She reported that after some girls assigned to the AA position next to hers shut off a searchlight and entered a shelter due to particularly heavy bombing, the authorities shot them for abandoning their post and for cowardice under fire. No allowances were made for anyone.

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Post by Daniel L » 23 Oct 2002 18:13

though not as combat troops.


Not entirely true, I've seen texts which mentions female companys during the battle of berlin. Further I know that some women were trained in handling panzerfausts. During operation cobra, there were some female fighting vehicle drivers killed.

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Post by Marcus » 23 Oct 2002 19:04

charlie don't surf wrote:Not entirely true, I've seen texts which mentions female companys during the battle of berlin. Further I know that some women were trained in handling panzerfausts. During operation cobra, there were some female fighting vehicle drivers killed.


Everyone fought in Berlin, so I did not count that, no doubt some women saw action, but organized as a part of the Wehrmacht.

I regard drivers as a form of auxiliary role, see for example Kvinnliga Bilkåren in Sweden.

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Post by Daniel L » 23 Oct 2002 19:36

Marcus you must regard a combat vehicle driver as a combat role, however it's doubtful if this was her real role.

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Post by Marcus » 23 Oct 2002 19:41

charlie don't surf wrote:Marcus you must regard a combat vehicle driver as a combat role, however it's doubtful if this was her real role.


No, I do not regard lorry drivers (assuming this is their only role) as combat troops.

"Combat vehicle" ? Are you referring to tanks, panzerjäger etc?

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Post by Daniel L » 23 Oct 2002 19:49

I think it was a self propelled gun.

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Post by Marcus » 23 Oct 2002 19:55

charlie don't surf wrote:I think it was a self propelled gun.


I've never heard anything about women operating such vehicles (though that of course does not mean it never did happen), so I'd like to hear more about this incident.

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Post by Daniel L » 23 Oct 2002 20:16

I'll write you about it tomorrow, now I have to study Charlemagne.

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Post by DarExc » 25 Oct 2002 06:35

Yah, Women fought in Berlin so they wouldn't be rapped by the soviets.

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Post by coldam » 04 Nov 2002 00:49

Our neighbor in Vienna had been a Blitzmaedel('Lightning-Girl')
during the war. I think the official title was Funkhelferin
(radio-operator's assistant)

...peter

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Post by Annelie » 04 Nov 2002 14:26

Hello Coldam:

Could I ask where your neighbour spent her time?


Our neighbor in Vienna had been a Blitzmaedel('Lightning-Girl')
during the war. I think the official title was Funkhelferin
(radio-operator's assistant)


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Post by coldam » 06 Nov 2002 23:53

Sorry A.,
Never knew that,
and she died in the 1970s

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Post by Annelie » 07 Nov 2002 00:25

Thankyou Peter:

Would have been interesting to know a "little bit" of her story.

Annelie

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