Sunday, 21 April 2013

On this day April 21st: Death of Sepp Dietrich

On this day April 21st:
753 BCE-According to legend, twin brothers Romulus and Remus, sons of the God Mars, founded Rome.
1509-Henry VIII became King of England following the death of his father, Henry VII.
1918-Manfred von Richthofen known as "The Red Baron", legendary WWI German ace pilot who had destroyed 80 Allied aircraft, was shot down and killed over Vaux sur Somme in France. He was aged just 25.
1941- The Greek Army surrendered to the 1st SS Leibstandarte Division. Its commander, Sepp Dietrich accepted this, without referring to his superiors. All Greek soldiers were allowed to return home, while officers were allowed to retain their side arms. Mussolini, upon hearing of this was furious and made the Greeks sign another surrender document with much harsher terms.
1945-Bolshevik forces south of Berlin at Zossen attacked the German High Command headquarters.
1945-54 year old German field marshal Walter Model shot himself dead near Duisburg, Ruhr, Germany rather than surrender. He remained loyal to the cause to the very end!
1966-National Socialist hero Josef Sepp Dietrich, Commander of Liebstandarte AH. died at Ludwigsburg aged 73. Seven thousand of his wartime SS comrades attended his funeral.


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