Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Ardennes Forest

I stumbled onto a web site, that had  extensive side links regarding WW 2. I served in the Third Army Sector in the ETO 1943 to 1945.  We were present during that Dec l6th, 1943  area known as THE BULGE.  It was not pretty.  The Nazi Army, did not play by the Geneva Convention Rules.  Every unethical  trick in the book, you name it, they used it. 
Wearing our uniforms, speaking pretty good English, driving our jeeps, flying our P-47 fighters. They infiltrated our units.  You did not know who you could trust.  We changed pass word several times a day.  I shall never forget the Ardennes Forest. That soil should be rich  today with all the blood spilled there by our forces.  In the Bulge we were trapped on three sides and the weather was extremely cold and dense fog for a full week. We had snow, Nazi's wore white uniforms.  Fortrunately I missed the actioin for 2 weeks, as I was evacuated temporialy to a  make-makeshift hospital  in a cathederal in Belgium, before  I was sent to a Med Evac in Metz, France. This particular website brought back many disturbing realistic  memories.
This website has many pictures, many taken by photographers with the German Army.  What an enlightment.  Our newspapers did not mention some of the battles we LOST and the number of OUR CASUALITIES.  I feel it was only by the GRACE OF GOD, That the Allied forces won the war.  To my opinion,had it not been for Hitler to fight on two fronts, the Russians took much of the pressure off our Western Front engagements.   Near the end of March and April 1945, German soldiers were surrendering by the hoards. I was put on temporary detached service to drive a six by six loaded with German Prisoners.  I spoke German thus I had one of their POWs in the front seat with me to direct me to Trier, and the back end my truck was loaded with POWs. One lone GI with one measely carbine, ha ha 
 They were friendly and tickled to death to become our prisoners. After all, these were elderly and boys,((1945))  FORCED into uniforms to fight an enemy they had no ill feelings toward .
  We drove with blackout lights at night. I had a strip map,but my front seat assistant (German POW) knew the geographic area that helped.   After 63 years, it still 
 all becomes vivid in my mind
THANKS FOR LISTENING. Ernie.  

6 comments:

Becky Jamison said...

Wow Dad! What a story and in such detail. Thanks so much for posting this. I hope the whole world reads it!!!!! Your readers will never be disappointed with your treasures here. Good job!

You have such amazing memories---don't ever stop telling these stories or writing them down. Love you!

Janet Iles said...

Thank you for sharing your memories. I am learning a lot from your postings.

Lisa Jamison said...

Ernie,

Thanks for your blog. Keep writing - I love to read history from some one who has been there. It makes it real for me.

Lisa

pastprologue said...

Ernie,

I just lost my comment, so some variation of this might show up twice... Thanks for your service to our country, and especially for writing about it. I was not born yet, but guys like you made my country great. I'm 41 and I'll be reading your blog. I think it's wonderful that you are sharing your memories with the world!

Donna

wendy said...

Ernie - I'm so glad I was pointed towards your blog now so I could go back and read the first of your posts! My mom and you are the same age so a lot of the games you mentioned, she has told me about. My dad was in the Army Air corps (later Air Force) from 39-60 & was stationed in Japan after WWII. My g-parents (he retired as a Colonel in the Air Force) went to France during WWI & I have all the letters he wrote to my grandmother from there & what he saw. I am enjoying your stories very much & will put you on my blogroll to read each day!
Wendy Littrell
http://allmybranches.wordpress.com

Larry Jamison said...

Hi Ernie, I Love your Blog. Those stories of your war are especially interesting to me. I'll enjoy reading more. I was lucky to hear many of those storeis from you in person, so it's great to see you writing them in your blog.