Mayor Rommel told the departing troops: "Never before in history did a victorious nation help a defeated nation so much to recover." Later, he said: "I will never forget these Americans."
“The Americans were what might be called bad prisoners. A group of 14 were brought in one day and when asked about their units refused to talk. They refused to work and talked back to the officers, much to the annoyance of the officers and the concealed delight of the men.”
Ahead of the Allied invasion of Germany, Nazi propagandists had assured their countrymen that American soldiers would torture and kill them and their families, prompting mass suicides throughout the Reich.
Ami – German slang for an American soldier.
The single most popular term used in World War II was "Yanks". During World War II, foreign governments and troops (both allies and enemy), called Americans "Yanks" or "Yankees". It also was a shorthand in American newspapers and radio for all US forces.
The Germans used the slang “Ami" for American soldiers. Likewise, the American soldiers called them “Kraut" (offensive term), “Jerry" or “Fritz".
Ami. Ami is derived from Amerikaner, but it specifically refers to people from the United States, including US soldiers in Germany.
"The American, at their very core, are materialistic animals. To them, the only measure of success is how much they can own. They do not have a spiritual culture, or any culture with regards to their nation.
Szkop (pejorative) Contemptuous term for a German, especially a soldier of the Wehrmacht during World War II.
Russians also point to the fact that Soviet forces killed more German soldiers than their Western counterparts, accounting for 76 percent of Germany's military dead.
According to Farago, after his campaign in Sicily, Patton was the Allied general the Germans regarded as “their most dangerous adversary in the field,” which led them to watch his comings and goings “like rubbernecked spectators following a tennis ball at Wimbledon. ” The problem is, notes Yeide, that “there does not ...
German soldiers would call out to "Tommy" across no man's land if they wished to speak to a British soldier. French and Commonwealth troops would also call British soldiers "Tommies".
' In the event, German reaction to the landings on 6 June was slow and confused. The spell of bad weather which had made the decision to go so fraught for Eisenhower also meant the Germans were caught off guard. Rommel was visiting his wife in Germany and many senior commanders were not at their posts.
In WWII, American soldiers commonly called Germans and Japanese as krauts and Japs.
The Germans respected the Brits as soldiers and would of rather of not fought them as their cultures were so similar.
For the entire period of World War Two German infantry was the best trained. Gernan small unit tactics were simply a class above anyone else. German infantry invented things like the use of a squad machine gun.
An equivalent of the word "Engländer", which is the German noun for "Englishman".
Soviet authorities deported German civilians from Germany and Eastern Europe to the USSR after World War II as forced laborers, while ethnic Germans living in the USSR were deported during World War II and conscripted for forced labor.
Yes. Only it would have taken much longer and cost a lot more lives. But the USSR would have won alone. No way Germany could have controlled such vast territories and deal with both, constant guerilla resistance and less equipped but still functioning Red Army.
The soldiers the Vietcong feared the most were not Americans at all, but their allies. Specifically, the Koreans. My father told me about a Korean officer who announced that he would kill 10 Vietnamese for every Korean lost in Vietnam.
Abe's Pearl Harbor speech has been well received in Japan, where most people expressed the opinion that it struck the right balance of regret that the Pacific war occurred, but offered no apologies. Julian Ryall reports.
Emperor Hirohito let it be known to General MacArthur that he was prepared to apologize formally to General MacArthur for Japan's actions during World War II—including an apology for the December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor.
Japanese language ドイツ (doitsu) is an approximation of the word Deutsch meaning 'German'. It was earlier written with the Sino-Japanese character compound 獨逸 (whose 獨 has since been simplified to 独), but has been largely superseded by the aforementioned katakana spelling ドイツ.
German soldiers also called themselves Schweissfussindianer – 'Indians with sweaty feet' – which had an interesting counterpart in a term for British soldiers: 1000 Worte Front-Deutsch (1925) states that after 'Tommy' the main German epithet for British soldiers was Fussballindianer – 'football Indians'.
But it is also said to be from the shape of the German helmet, which was like a jerry, British slang for "chamber pot" (1827), probably an abbreviation of jeroboam. Hence jerry-can "5-gallon metal container" (1943), a type first used by German troops in World War II, later adopted by the Allies.