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    BDM in combat ?

    I understand that many BDM girls were keen to take up arms and fight in Volksturm units towards the end of the war and that Hitler was against the idea of women going into battle.

    Does anyone know of a BDM unit that fought or know of any stories of BDM girls in action?

    Nick


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    I have just finished reading the book IN A RAGING INFERNO by Hans Holztrager.
    Its about the combat units of the Hitler Youth that saw action at the end of the war.
    It mentions that some BDM girls did see action in some of these units but there never was a sole unit made up of BDM Members.

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    There is no evidence that I have ever heard of formed units in action, but around March 45 any female that was not armed in the eastern sector was in big trouble

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    It'd sure be great to see a pic of a BDM girl with combat gear/weapon to validate this. Also it would just be plain fascinating.
    Last edited by PatBateman; 20th October 2009 at 06:25 AM. Reason: spelling

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    I agree would be nice to see one with just a sidearm. Even the DACHAU pic with the female SS warders they are never armed.

    paul

    maybe this thread will generate some pics

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    I have 2 aunts " Laura and Anita' who were BDM Red Cross helpers in Berlin during the famous Last Battle .
    They told me that they had knives handed out to to them and the other Red Cross girls in the last 2 weeks of the war in Berlin , My Aunt Laura told me that her Supervisor had a pistol that she carried in her purse and remembers that that if the Russains tried to Rape her she would kill as many of them as she could . Fortunatly for her that did not happen but My Grandmother was raped as well as my Aunt Anita . I did not ask Anita about this . My Aunt Laura was mid level BDM Leader .

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    Thanks for posting joe

    not an easy thing to talk about, it must have been a very grim time for your loved ones,

    steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by zander View Post
    Thanks for posting joe

    not an easy thing to talk about, it must have been a very grim time for your loved ones,

    steve
    Not an easy thing to talk about but true .

    My Omi "Grandmother" had 5 children 4 girls and 1 boy . the 2 oldest girls were in the BDM and the boy "Wolfgang" was in the HJ .
    My Mother then 5 years old along with my other aunt Charlotte 9 years old witnessed the Russian soldier Rape my Grandmother , My Aunt Charlotte remembers yelling at this Russian Pig , he picked her up , threw her against a wall and shot a few rounds above her head from his machine gun . After he was finished he took a bull whip and whipped my Grandmother calling her in perfect German a "Nazi whore" . At about the time of the whipping a Russian Officer saw what had happened , yelled at the soldier then shot him in the head with his pistol . The Russian officer then gave my grandmother a blanket and some food , picked up the dead Russian soldiers weapon and left .

    This is a true story that was related to me from my mother and my Aunt Charlotte , My Grandmother never talked about this .

    My Uncle wolfgang (16 years old) was one of the many listed as "missing" presumed dead after the Battle of Berlin .

    When it comes to the topic of this thread "BDM in Combat" My Aunt Laura once told me that she had been issued a knife too her and other war volunteers in her section during the last few weeks of the war for "self protection" . She did , however ; state that "out of curosity" she and a few other BDM girls attended an Hitlerjugend demonstration class on the Use, Function and Effectiveness of the "Panzerfaust" antitank weapon . She never fired one but had held one in her hands after the class.

    My Aunt Laura ( the former mid level BDM Leader ) now 80 years , old saw my collection once , 4 years ago while visiting us here in the United States .
    She was very empressed and could hardly stop talking about how great the parades and rallies that she attended were , she said that she had the honour of carring the flag during parades .... at one point when she was standing in my Bunker room she did something that I will never forget ...she saulted My HJ Flag that I have hanging on the wall , She said that she just wanted to do it one last time .

    My Aunt Laura is now in in an old folks home , weak and bed ridden near Munich .
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    Joe
    Im glad he got some justice handed out on the spot, and your aunt laura saluting the flag must have been very touching, my dad is 87 now and life has wizzed past as it has for a lot of us with the speed of technolagy etc etc what he went through i can only think about when i bring it up he just says "that was his life then and you had to get on with it" we seem to overlook that our elders were once young,

    thanks steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by joecool View Post
    Not an easy thing to talk about but true .

    My Omi "Grandmother" had 5 children 4 girls and 1 boy . the 2 oldest girls were in the BDM and the boy "Wolfgang" was in the HJ .
    My Mother then 5 years old along with my other aunt Charlotte 9 years old witnessed the Russian soldier Rape my Grandmother , My Aunt Charlotte remembers yelling at this Russian Pig , he picked her up , threw her against a wall and shot a few rounds above her head from his machine gun . After he was finished he took a bull whip and whipped my Grandmother calling her in perfect German a "Nazi whore" . At about the time of the whipping a Russian Officer saw what had happened , yelled at the soldier then shot him in the head with his pistol . The Russian officer then gave my grandmother a blanket and some food , picked up the dead Russian soldiers weapon and left .

    This is a true story that was related to me from my mother and my Aunt Charlotte , My Grandmother never talked about this .

    My Uncle wolfgang (16 years old) was one of the many listed as "missing" presumed dead after the Battle of Berlin .

    When it comes to the topic of this thread "BDM in Combat" My Aunt Laura once told me that she had been issued a knife too her and other war volunteers in her section during the last few weeks of the war for "self protection" . She did , however ; state that "out of curosity" she and a few other BDM girls attended an Hitlerjugend demonstration class on the Use, Function and Effectiveness of the "Panzerfaust" antitank weapon . She never fired one but had held one in her hands after the class.

    My Aunt Laura ( the former mid level BDM Leader ) now 80 years , old saw my collection once , 4 years ago while visiting us here in the United States .
    She was very empressed and could hardly stop talking about how great the parades and rallies that she attended were , she said that she had the honour of carring the flag during parades .... at one point when she was standing in my Bunker room she did something that I will never forget ...she saulted My HJ Flag that I have hanging on the wall , She said that she just wanted to do it one last time .

    My Aunt Laura is now in in an old folks home , weak and bed ridden near Munich .
    Wow. Thank you for sharing this story.

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