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This is my Grandpa and he is the one that brought home the beautiful Walther PP i am now in possession of. He was a Tank mechanic in the 13th Armored Division "The Black Cats".

Activated 15 Oct 1942• Entered Combat 10 Apr 1945 at Rhineland • Days of Combat 16• Casualties 1,176

The 13th Armored landed at Le Havre, France, 29 January 1945. After performing occupation duties, the Division moved to Homberg near Kassel to prepare for combat under the Third Army, 5 April. At Altenkirchen, it was attached to the XVIII Corps and prepared for the Rose Pocket operation.. The attack jumped off at Honnef, 10 April. After crossing the Sieg River at Siegburg, the 13th pushed north to Bergisch Gladback, then toward Duisburg and Mettmann by 18 April. Shifting south to Eschenau, the Division prepared for Bavarian operations. Starting from Parsberg, 26 April, the 13th crossed the Regen River, then the Danube at Matting and secured the area near Dunzling. On the 28th, elements closed in at Plattling and crossed the Isar River. Moderate to heavy resistance was met during this drive through southern Germany. The Division smashed into Brannan, Austria, 2 May, and the command post was set up in the house where Hitler was born. A bridgehead across the Inn was established at Marktl, but the river was not crossed as orders came to reassemble north of Inn, 3 May. Preparations were made for further advances when the war in Europe ended. The 13th remained in Germany until 25 June and left Le Havre, France, for home, 14 July 1945.
 

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Have you taken those photos and had them scanned. If not you might consider it. They fade over time and digital copies can really be cleaned up by someone who knows what they are doing. Your Grandpa was a nice looking man. My hat is off to him for his service to our Country and those under German occupation at the time.
 

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Very interesting history you provided of your Grandfather. It makes the pistol come alive. I have two Walther Olympic pistols in marksman’s kits that came from vets in the armored service. One was a mechanic in the MP unit attached to the 11th Armored where he picked up the Walther shooter’s kit during their brief occupation of Zella-Mehlis. The other Olympic was brought home by an officer in the 811th Tank Destroyer Btl that fought with the 80th Division. They also fought through Thuringen where this shooter’s case and gun were taken.
 
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