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Thread: Fort Eben Emael WIA ID booklet

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    Hello,

    This weekend I added this ID booklet to my collection.
    It is a "livret militaire", a Belgian army ID booklet, kind of a mix between a Soldbuch and a Wehrpass.
    I want to show you all this livret militaire because it is one of a soldier that was part of the fort Eben-Emael garrison and who was WIA during the famous Fj assult on the fort on May 10 1940.
    This is the ID booklet of René Noel, a farmer from Wanne (a small village near Liege), he started his military service in 1929 in fort Chaudefontaine, in April 1939 he is transfered to fort Eben-Emael.
    His task in the forts garrison is that of telephone operator in casemate "Maastricht 2" also known as "MA2".
    Maastricht 2 is a priority target for the Fj assult engineers of the Sturmgruppe Granit, Ma 2 is the target for Trupp 1 (glider 1), troop leader is Feldwebel Niedermeier, the glider is flown by Fdw Raschke, the other members of the assult team are: Lt delica, Fj's List, Drucks, Kramer, Graef & Stucke.
    This assult team lands exactly as planned and they inmediately attack the casemate and its observation dome.
    First the observation dome gets blown up, the two observers in it are KIA, then the Fj's exploded a 12.50 Kg hollow charge on the left 75mm canon, the explosion is so powerful that the canon is blown out of his ankers and thrown back inside, three gunners are KIA inmediately and the telephone operators Noel and Petit are locked up in their small telephone box by the lose canon.
    They both suffer from gas inhalation, René Noel is also wounded on his shoulder, they were only rescued from their difficult possition after the fort capitulated, 36 houres after the initial assult.
    René Noel spend 5 years in a German POW camp and he passed away in 1978.

    Enjoy watching the images
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    A plan of the fort and a plan of casemate Ma2, #27 is the telephone box.
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    Ma2 like it looked this year.
    And a close up of one of the 75mm canon of fort Eben Emael.
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    Some pictures of how such a 75mm rapid fire canon looks on the inside of the casemate.
    - pictures taken from the book "der überfall".
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    Wow Peter , you post the most interesting things!! It is great to get to the individual level and see how these men lived/died . Thanks for your postings.

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    Fantastic docs and history Peter! Really interesting stuff that makes history and these items personal. Pic stickied for ref.

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    I just want to jack up this thread.
    A buddy of me went to the Belgian army archives and he found out that Noel's POW file was kept their.
    Besides that we now have a wartime image of him we know more details about his injury, he got a piece of shrapnel in his left upper arm, this kept him in hospital until July 7 1940.
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    Fascinating, thank you Peter.

    KJ
    "Was wären Ihre Männer lieber, müde oder tot?" - Rommel

    "Und als es das vierte Siegel auftat, hörte ich die Stimme der vierten Gestalt sagen: Komm! Und ich sah, und siehe, ein fahles Pferd. Und der darauf saß, dessen Name war: Der Tod, und die Hölle folgte ihm nach."

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    Another great read Peter. Thank you.

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    Now that is cool !!!

    Thanks Peter....
    WANTED TO REPURCHASE!! WALTHER PISTOL MODEL PP - AC CODE - Ser. No. 382000P
    REWARD FOR INFO ABOUT THIS PISTOL!!

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