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[Bad] Aachen (Aix-la-Chapelle) 1944-09-10 - 1944-10-09

History: A resident's account from the first West German city to be liberated, October 1944

This is: http://www.berklix.com/jhs/aachen_1944/

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Page author: Julian H. Stacey

Description

A description of pre & post invasion period 1944-09-10 to 1944-10-09, in Aachen, North Rhine Westphalia, West Germany. From a civilian, G. MUELLENMEISTER, given to me by an old lady, a life long resident of Aachen, aged 90 in Feb 2016. In German language.

Aachen was first German city to be captured from West by the Allies during the 2nd world war.
How old is this paper: Mine looks like a modern photocopy of something older. I believe copies were duplicated probably more than once between neighbours over the years, (inc presumably via Karl Bund, Georgstr 29, 52078 Aachen, as per rubber stamp the PLZ 52078 indicates it was stamped sometime after 1st July 1993, when 5 digit PLZ came in . , Some time after that it must have been handed to (or via other locals) to the resident of Aachen I know who was also resident in Aachen in 1944 too. That resident gave it to me about 2012 or a bit earlier.
Seemed an interesting snippet of local history, that might have been lost if I didn't scan it & put it on web..

Original Text

Pending

The recovered text needs to be repaired. I don't have time for that, If you do, email me your work, thanks.
After that it could be properly translated too.

Technical

10 scans were done, progressively darker, 0 to 90%.
However, the 90% is Not too dark, (& is not really 90%,
(source code of the mapping algorithm of the scanner).
The paler versions (0% to 80%) were deleted to save space.

Scanner & ADF & Free Software: http://www.berklix.com/scanjet/

Dates

  • Page 25 of the scan refers to 9.10.44 (or maybe 19 if '1' got dropped?).
  • britannica.com: October 20, 1944
  • wikipedia.org: The city and its fortified surroundings were laid siege to from 12 September-21 October 1944 by the US 1st Infantry Division[38] with the 3rd Armored Division assisting from the south.[39] Around 13 October the US 2nd Armored Division played their part, coming from the north and getting as close as Würselen,[40] while the 30th Infantry Division played a crucial role in completing the encirclement of Aachen on 16 October 1944.[41] With reinforcements from the US 28th Infantry Division[42] the Battle of Aachen then continued involving direct assaults through the heavily defended city, which finally forced the German garrison to surrender on 21 October 1944.

Calendar for the period

( From Unix command: cal 1944 | tail -17 )
        July                 August              September        
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa  Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa  Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa  
                   1         1  2  3  4  5                  1  2  
 2  3  4  5  6  7  8   6  7  8  9 10 11 12   3  4  5  6  7  8  9  
 9 10 11 12 13 14 15  13 14 15 16 17 18 19  10 11 12 13 14 15 16  
16 17 18 19 20 21 22  20 21 22 23 24 25 26  17 18 19 20 21 22 23  
23 24 25 26 27 28 29  27 28 29 30 31        24 25 26 27 28 29 30  
30 31                                                             

      October               November              December        
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa  Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa  Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa  
 1  2  3  4  5  6  7            1  2  3  4                  1  2  
 8  9 10 11 12 13 14   5  6  7  8  9 10 11   3  4  5  6  7  8  9  
15 16 17 18 19 20 21  12 13 14 15 16 17 18  10 11 12 13 14 15 16  
22 23 24 25 26 27 28  19 20 21 22 23 24 25  17 18 19 20 21 22 23  
29 30 31              26 27 28 29 30        24 25 26 27 28 29 30  
                                            31                    

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