Herbert Fries - German Paratrooper
I met Herbert at the Paratrooper reunion in Braunschweig. He is a very quiet reserved man.
Note the Knights Cross (Highest Medal Awarded) around Herbert's neck.
In Italy, during his first day of combat, Herbert was placed in a bunker with a Panther tank turret on top. On that one day he knocked out 16 American tanks, thus halting the Allied advance. Such individual actions are what made the Fallschirmjaeger such a formidable foe.
That is I as the Panzer Commander of a Panther, which was left as a memorial to the Battle of the Bulge in a Belgium village square. The turret of such a tank is what Herbert used so effectively in Italy.
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