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Allied soldiers ‘raped hundreds of thousands of German women’ after WW2

March 6th, 2015

“The saddest event during the advance were three rapes, one on a married woman, one on a single woman and one on a spotless girl of 16-and-a-half. They were committed by heavily drunk Americans,” wrote one of the priests, Fr Andreas Weingand, in July 1945.

She said she had also studied the records of “war children”, the illegitimate children born to German mothers and Allied fathers, and assumed that there had been 100 rapes for each birth, coming up with a figure of 190,000 rapes by American soldiers alone.

But Antony Beevor, the author of The Second World War, said Prof Gerhardt’s methodology was “ludicrous”.

“It’s almost impossible to come up with figures, but I think to say there were hundreds of thousands is a great exaggeration,” he said.

“If she’s doing it on the basis of illegitimate children that’s ludicrous,” Prof Beevor said. “There was a huge amount of voluntary sex. There were vast numbers of cases of genuine fraternisation. Many young women were hanging around outside the gates of American camps.” The most notorious instances of rape by Western Allied forces were by French troops during the sack of Stuttgart.

Of the Allies, British troops appear to have been responsible for the least rapes.

“Not because of any morality or respect for woman, but because the NCOs wouldn’t allow the soldiers to go off on their own,” Prof Beevor said.

He added that Soviet archives had confirmed that around two million German women had been raped by Soviet soldiers, while Prof Gerdhardt put the figure at 500,000.

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D-Day facts: how the allied forces assembled the largest seaborne operation in history

June 3rd, 2014

It was the biggest seaborne invasion the world has ever seen – and behind it was a gargantuan feat of logistics.

Operation Overlord, the code name for the successful mission to push back the German forces occupying western Europe during World War Two, was set in motion with the Normandy beach landings on 6 June 1944. Known as D-Day, the landings marked a devisive moment in the course of a war that had raged since 1939.

The operation, which took 288 days of planning and lasted 85 days, involved 6,939 ships during the D-Day landings, which were manned by 195,700 naval personnel. Landing on the French coast were a total of 156,115 allied troops, including 73,000 from the US and 61,715 from Britain.

Alongside them marched 100,000 fictional soldiers of the First US Army Group – a fake force simulated by only 400 men with radios.

The ghost army was part of another numbers game: the extensive deception of Operation Bodyguard, a collaboration between Bletchley Park mathematicians and the erratic double agents of the British spy system.

The Germans were so thoroughly convinced that Normandy was only a feint that it took seven weeks for Hitler to finally release reinforcements.

But by that time the Allies had poured at least 900,000 men into the Normandy battlezone.

An estimated 10,000 men lost their lives on D-Day, however the operation was a critical turning point for the allied forces, as 11 months later Germany surrendered.

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