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Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Force

1944-1945
   

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1 Leaflet: Red, Black, and White

Subject: American Expeditionary Forces



Alliiertes Oberkommando

JSM ZG 124 R

Obverse: Betr.: Behandlung von alliierten Luftlandtruppen und Fallschirmjägern                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Soldaten und Offizier der deutschen Wehrmacht und der Waffen-SS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Dem alliierten Oberfehlshaber ist ein Geheimbefehl des deutschen Führerhauptquartiers, datiert Oktober 1942 Inhalt: “Geheime Kommandosache” mit zusätzlichen Befehl, datiert Oktober 1944, zur Kenntnis gelangt. In diesem Geheimbefehl wird die Hinrichtung von alliierten Luftlandetruppen und Fallschirmjägern angeordnet. Der alliierte Oberbefehlshaber richtet an Euch daher folgende eindringliche Warnung:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Der Verlauf der Kämpfe auf Reichsgebiet kann Euch mit grossen oder kleinen Einheiten alliierter Luftlandtruppen oder Fallschirmjäger in Berührung bringen. Derartige Einheiten können tief hinter Euren Linien abgesetzt werden.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Mit besonderem Nachdruck wird darauf hingewiesen: derartige Truppen sind keine “Terroristen”.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Reverse: (2 Continued)  Sie sind soldaten die ordnungsgemäss ihre militärischen Pflichten erfüllen.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Die Hinrichtung von uniformierten Luftlandetruppen und Fallschirmjägern würde somit einen Verstoss gegen die Gesetze und anerkannten Bestimmungen des Kriegsrechts darstellen.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          4. Alle Personen — Offiziere, soldaten, und Zivilpersonen — die teilhaben an der Anordnung oder Ausführung der obenerwähnten Hinrichtungsbefehle des Führerhauptquartiers werden strengstens zur Verantwortung gezogen und nach Masgabe ihrer Schuld bestraft werden. Dasselbe gilt für Befehle gehandelt zu haben, wird nicht als Schuldausschliessungsgrund angesehen werden.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           5. Diese Strafmassnahmen werden nicht sofort, sondern nach Einstellung der Kampfhandlungen vorgenommen werden.

Offiziere und soldaten der deutschen Wehrmacht und der Waffen-SS! Diese eindringliche Warnung richtet sich an jeden einzelnen von Euch: an alle, denen solche Hinrichtungsbefehle gegeben werden können; an alle die solche Befehl weiterleiten; an alle, die solche Befehle erteilen. In dieser Endphase des verlorenen Krieges liegt es in Eurem eigenen Interesse, jede Eurer Handlungen sorgsam zu erwägen. Nach Eurem Verhalten werdet Ihr beurteilt werden — streng, gerecht, aber ohne Gnade       -Dwight D. Eisenhower, General Oberbefehlshaber der Alliierten Streitkräfte.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ——————————————————————————————————————-                                                                                                                                                                                                   Obverse (English): Re.: The Treatment from Allied Air and Land troops and Paratroopers                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Soldiers and officers of the German  Army and Air Forces!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Allied Commander in Chief has had a secret order of the German Fuhrer’s headquarters, dated October 1942 Contents: “Top Secret” with additional instruction, dated  October 1944, brought to their attention. in this secret order was the arranged execution of allied land/ air troops and paratroopers. The Allied Commander in Chief therefore lends you the following stark warning:

1. The course of fighting on German territory can bring you in touch with large or small units of Allied land forces and paratroopers. These units can be sent deep behind your lines.

2. Particular emphasis should be noted: Such forces are not “Terrorists”.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Reverse(English): (2 Continued)  They are soldiers who duly fulfill their military duties.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3.The execution of uniformed airborne troops and paratroopers would therefore constitute a violation of the rules and recognized laws of war.

4. All people — Officers, Soldiers, and Civilians — Who participate in the arrangement or design of the above-mentioned execution orders of German Fuhrer’s Headquarters will be strictly held accountable and be punished according to their guilt.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                5. These punative measures will be made immediately after  cessation of hostilities                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Officers and solders of the German Army and Air Forces! This stern warning is addressed to each one of you: to all, Where such execution commands can be given; to all, who forward such command; to all, who give such orders. in the final phases of this lost war, it is in your best interest to consider each of your actions carefully. After your behavior, you will be judged — strict, justly, however no mercy      -Dwight D. Eisenhower, General Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces

Collection


Location: Vault
Holding ID: ZG 124

Language: german
Countries: Germany