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PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 8:51 am 
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Dear all,

Here are few reenactment pictures done on the Swiss border. In September 1944, the Allied troops landed in Southern France keep going North and move close to the West side of Switzerland to reach Alsace and the German border. Sometimes lost, sometimes only curious, many GI's came to the border :D

During this month of September, the Swiss Army had to face some tricky situations when these "cow-boys" had trouble to make the difference between a Swiss and a German uniform :? !

All the best,
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We can always rely on you for something different, Bruno! :)

Excellent pics!

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Yes ... nice to see something away from what we usually see as the 'norm' for WWII.

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interesting impression, not seen Swiss before!

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Thank you for your comments.

@ Glen: I guess one day I will not find anymore new (strange) topics :wink:

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Very impressive!

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Brilliant Bruno....again you push the envelope of living history...?

Educate me did the 3rd Infantry Div actually reach the Swiss Border after Dragoon.

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Thank you for your interest on this subject :)

In theory (or let's say Officially) no US units during the war came to the border, I did not find official orders to move as close as this to the border (map of the 3rd Division below). But in practice, some local Swiss people keep the remember of "lost Jeeps" at the border. There are some "photo proofs" of it from the 45th division in September 1944 and other units we didn't know (yet) the identity. I would say not all the Division or even Regiment reach the Swiss Border after Dragoon but some small units yes for sure.

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Here are 2 original pictures made in September 1944. On the first one one member of the 45th ID with a tank jacket is welcome by Swiss soldiers. You can note the Swiss flag on the jeep (left side). On the second picture, two US officers from an unknown unit with a Commonwealth officer (English? Australian? Canadian?) and one french officer from the french marines (anchor on the oversee cap), there are on the other side of the border one Swiss solider and one Swiss Officer I cannot see the rank (I guess 1st or 2nd Lt.).

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Neat impression there! :D I like it! I also love the helmets!


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interesting pictures good stuff

just out of interest is the man in the tankers jacket wearing double buckle boots?
I see he has pulled the winter socks over the top and back down
seen this done before on shoe pacs

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Great set of pictures buddy!


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Ausgezeichnet!

I have a complete Swiss kit myself, unfortunately there is very little opportunity for me to use it here in the States.


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bruno the frog wrote:
Thank you for your interest on this subject :)

In theory (or let's say Officially) no US units during the war came to the border, I did not find official orders to move as close as this to the border (map of the 3rd Division below). But in practice, some local Swiss people keep the remember of "lost Jeeps" at the border. There are some "photo proofs" of it from the 45th division in September 1944 and other units we didn't know (yet) the identity. I would say not all the Division or even Regiment reach the Swiss Border after Dragoon but some small units yes for sure.

Map of the 3rd Division:

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Here are 2 original pictures made in September 1944. On the first one one member of the 45th ID with a tank jacket is welcome by Swiss soldiers. You can note the Swiss flag on the jeep (left side). On the second picture, two US officers from an unknown unit with a Commonwealth officer (English? Australian? Canadian?) and one french officer from the french marines (anchor on the oversee cap), there are on the other side of the border one Swiss solider and one Swiss Officer I cannot see the rank (I guess 1st or 2nd Lt.).

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Cheers,
Bruno


Or could be Scottish?

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