Monday, 4 November 2013

U.S. Army kills German soldiers in trains

Restored U.S. Army boxcars from World War II. 
"During the Second World War ... American equipment was generally too large and heavy to operate on European rails. A 'Knockdown' Rail Fleet was designed and built, consisting of the MRS (Military Road Switcher)-1 locomotives, and a fleet of railcars to be shipped in kits, and to be assembled overseas to support a war effort.    
Initially the flatcar kits would be shipped and assembled, and as time allowed, these flatcars could have other kits installed onto them, such as high and low side gondolas, and these boxcar kits. The external braces over plywood walls were designed to be rapidly deployed, but not necessarily last for decades as normal freight cars are designed."

The New York Times, April 6, 1945



  1. Probably jammed in like sardines. Not a pleasant way to go. As for numbers probably about 150 to each wagon.

  2. You´ll probably know the investigation by James Bacque, "Other losses".
    There is a testimony, that a freight train full of starving german POWs was used as "holocaust survivors" from concentration camps for a propaganda movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

    1. Thanks for that. I've never actual read all of Other Losses.

      I found an affidavit recently at Kew from a survivor of NKVD Special Camp No.7 i.e. former Nazi 'death camp' Sachsenhausen. The ex-prisoner said that when the Soviets were shooting atrocity footage for use at a trial (the dating shows it was likely the footage shown at the trial of Kaindl et al) all the German prisoners had their heads shaved so the hair could be used as a prop in the film.

      I'll post something about it soon, I'm just awaiting delivery of an old magazine article which is supposed to contain stills from the footage.

    2. Very interesting... The story about the freight train with german POWs for the propaganda movie can be found here: http://vho.org/VffG/1997/4/Anonymus4.html
      But unfortunately in german only. The author describes as he discovered the train outside the town of Erfurt.
      He says, he tried to help but was frightened away by the guards. Later on, in 1977 he was invited to New York and Cape May, were he met some former american soldiers, who knew about that train and told him, the typhus infected POWs were filmed by Hitchcock, who presented them as concentration camp victims. He addresses one of the whitnesses as "Williams Allison, 124-10, 115th Avenue, South Ozone Park, 1140 New York.".


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