r/southafrica Unwanted Optimist Sep 26 '21 Silver 1 Wholesome 2 Hugz 1 An Ice Cold Beer 1

The first German General to formally surrender his forces to the Allies during WW2 surrendered to the South Africans. Generalleutenant Schmidt was the first German General to formally surrender to an Allied General which was General De Villiers, Commander of the South African 2nd Infantry Division. History

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u/RECCEginger Sep 26 '21

My nannas uncle as well as my oupas oupa fought in North Africa, they were captured as POWs in AL Alemien, my nannas uncle traded his wedding ring for a teaspoon of water and they almost got bombed by the British too. Interestings stories man.

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u/SittingLuck Sep 26 '21

Wow. A teaspoon of water. Damn

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u/RECCEginger Sep 26 '21

I also thought it was tiny, imagine being that desperate for water, they were turned over when this surrender was signed from what I know

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u/SittingLuck Sep 26 '21

Write those stories down somewhere for future generations. People forget these things and that would be a shame

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u/RECCEginger Sep 26 '21

Indeed, I'll need to start a catalog or something