Thursday 27 June 2013 7.03am
Tom Pepper wrote:
My eldest grandson Lars, born and raised in Germany, is over here until June 30.
He is undergoing training in the Luftwaffe to be a helicopter pilot.
I would love to have had both him and my old Dad, a D-Day veteran, standing together to watch this parade, but Dad is no longer with us, and Lars has a late afternoon flight that day back to Dortmund.
Lars is proud to be German, but he keeps his paternal Grandpa's medals in a glass case, along with his maternal Grandpa's Iron Cross.
He says that the best part of his service in the Wehrmacht has been joint manoeuvres
with the British service guys, they love the fact that he speaks fluent English and is always ready to get the beers in.
Just noticed a slight error in my earlier post, it is Lars' paternal GREAT Grandpa's medals that he keeps in a glass case, my Dad's, I wasn't even old enough to do National Service let alone go to Normandy!
His maternal Grandpa however, served on the Russian front until wounded and evacuated to the Fatherland, upon recovery he was sent to France where he was captured by the Americans.