very interesting to read the stories about your grandfathers
Iam from austria , my grandfather had to fight for Germans.
I want to tell you about one situation that makes me proud of my grandfather , no in fact 2 situations.
the first is an evil story... My grandfather served in upper austria were i live.. once he was near "mauthausen" concentration camp , he was a usual soldier nothing special.
A superior (from the SS) started to talk to him and pointed with his finger to the sky where dark smoke was rising from the concentration camp.
the SS officer said to him (translated of course): Do you see the dark smoke rising? (he was laughing) mauthausen (the concentraton camp there) FUMES AGAIN! (corps of human beeings got burned) and my grandfather knew it.
he told me father who told me this that he wanted to beat him in the face with his fists when the officer said that.
the second , that he met a russian solider during war , he was alone like the russian , they didnt even harm each other. Both were that damn afraid from the other person but they didnt harm each other , in fact they smoked a cigarette together! after that they left each other in peace..
Well... my grandfather was in the war.. he served on the eastern front , was a war prisoner , even made it back home , he was like a skeleton when he got home.. but he recovered slowly.. even built a house (where iam living in today)
too bad that he could only spend one single night in the house he built , after that he came to hospital because of liver cancer... and he died then there.. it was a painful death my parents told me.
He was a pretty silent person , didnt talk too much but a guy with the heart on the right place
iam proud of him.