My grandpa was part of a tank division in balkans/greece. Got sent home to Germany after he lost an arm because of a grenade or some shit.
His hobby has always been photographing and stuff and he happily continued doing that after the war even with one arm.
I know only for 2 great grandpa
One belonged to Leclerc’s division blindée, but quickly left my grandma’s momma who didn’t want him to stay in the army, pretty sad story cuz they eventually got into very tough economical situation.
One participated into local resistance near Villiers-Charlemagne regarding logistical stuff
I have a nice story btw, my grandpa was like 5 at the time, and for some reasons my great grandpa had to hide the local chief of the resistance for some night.
Eventually, my grandpa made college (the only one to make it in ten years in this very small village) and he had some kind of drawing teacher.
It was that former resistance chief :D
Terrible drawer but never had a bad mark lol
My great-grand parents role was getting taken over by the Italians as they were Croatian, they we're having a good time. The Italians liked eating and sleeping more than actually fighting any opposition so it was kinda like business as usual. Then when the area was taken over by the nazis, people were displaced massively as they took everyone's wooden houses for scrap wood and set up rules for huge taxation schemes. My family fled to Egypt to escape them where they basically sat in the desert for 2 years.
Still love you jermans...
starving in near russia territory at war times like everyone else.
bombed germans i think. :(
He got spared because Aryan
My grandpa from mother was born after WW2 and my grandfather was 1 year old when WW2 started.
Apart from that, I'm positive that my great-grandfathers they didn't do dogshit at WW2 because Turkey was neutral.
Great-grandfather was in one of the Panzer divisions
Both grandpas fought in WW2
My great grandfather’s cousin (grandmothers side) was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He got a bronze star, 2x WW2 Sterling medals, Good Conduct medal, Conspicuous Service medal and a Purple Heart. He died in the final days of the war in Germany to a sniper gunshot wound to the head. He was in the 78th Infantry Division, 310th Infantry Regiment.
All my great grandfather’s cousins were americans because all his uncles and aunts went to the U.S. but my great grandfather’s parents stayed in Sweden so i still have some family there.
Other than that as you may know Sweden didn’t fight so my grandfather (father’s side) had just turned 18 and finished military training. My other grandparents are boomers so they were just a year or two old.
My great grandfather fought in ww1 against the austria hungary Empire and emigrated to Brazil in 1919, my grandfather went back to italy in 1937 to go into a surgery there wasn't available in Brazil at the time, and got drafted in 1940, he fought in Tunísia and italy till 1945, then he returned to Brazil in 1947, and here i am.
my great grandpa was working in a coal mine
my grandpa was like 6
my grandpa was a soccer player during ww2. probably he was enjoying some rare free time with his family
none bcs they weren't even born yet
both grandfathers were kids, so no fight
both grand-grandfathers were rich af, so they dodged all lans during ww2
artillery, but idk much, something happened to his knee and he couldnt bend his leg sadge
grandpa/ma was born in 1933/1938 so they cant do anything but hide from Japanese.
know nothing about the elders.
mb not my grandpa but my fathers uncle(or something like this, idk but everyone was calling him uncle) was fighting in normandy and the one thing which is kinda weird for me is that on his grave there is written(after translation): participant of a polish-french battles, it is kinda funny cuz this mean he was fighting at the normandy against allies xd
They were chillin in the good ol’ US of A
My two uncles fought from Siberia to the heart of Berlin and both received Red Star medals, for their heroic effort. Turning heroes right after it all ended.
My grandpa killed your grandpa.
My grandfather designed submarines on my Dad's side, no idea on my Mom's side.
my grandfather saw an allied plane crash in their backyard in sweden, Torslanda
wow, interesting topic here! nice one, mr. Caesar
My grandfather was in siege Leningrad. He was a thirteen-year-old child, but in order to survive, he was forced to risk his life every day, taking water from a frozen lake( under the bombing of the Nazis) It was a terrible time, but somehow he managed to survive.
one granddad died during war in 42 i believe, another one lost his leg and was sent home.
both my grandpas fleed from silesia, near breslau, one went to a village near Passau and the other one ended up in Braunschweig, the latter one went throught dresden to get there, while the city was being bombed.
Dresden got bombed the most out of all cities in germany, we even have a saying that roughtly translates to "this looks like dresden 45" you say it when something is very destroyed and unorderly.
Also my grandpas were 5/9 at the time
I know that is not related to ww2 but both my grandparents fought in the spanish civil war, one in the fascist side and the other one fought with the republicans, my grandpa on the republican side was sent to a concentration camp afterwards in Madrid. Years later after the civil war finished my grandpa was one of the only ones who could write and read in his town (He was working for the church), and one of his neighbours reported to the police that he was still a communist and so on (I mean, he still was afterall but like he was accused to the police that he was like doing communist propaganda and that kinda stuff), then he was detained and sent to Barcelona to get killed by the military (He was going to get executed) but one day before the execution the priest sent a letter and he was released.
Both my great-grandfathers died in WW2
Both British, and one of them was an ace (died somewhere outside the uk)
When they died, my family got really scared and decided to move to america, ending up in Canada
My grandfather was part of a few choosen guiders for the 1st marine division during guadalcanal campaign in 1942. He then was pulled back to melbourne & relocated to north borneo. After the war was over I remembered my father used to tell me that he had a band & pursued that career throughout his life. He passed away in august 1970. RIP our heroes
My grandfather was fighting against the german occupation of france, he was helping by giving info from the administration (he couldn't fight, he was almost blind), then the germans captured one member of his group and tortured him, some member of the group were arrested and died in deathcamps, but my grandfather somehow managed escaping to morroco.
I have no idea :(
My grand-mother is still alive, but I don't want to ask her about the war, cause this will probably hurt her.
First grandpa went through a ton of concentration camps, namely Matthausen where he lost his entire family except his brother I think. He joined the IDF when ww2 was finished but more of a supportive role.
My second grandpa was in the Red-Army fighting if I remember correctly.
Worker on a farm and then sent off to a military factory in jermeny for forced labour, a few years after the jermens left the dijken broke in the south west Of the countries which caused a massive flooding partly because the jermens didn’t maintain them while occupying so after that he didn’t like jermens very much.
played prison break with his brother in soviet union and choped off the frozen toes of his brother with a shovel when they flew.
great grandpa did anti propaganda against soviet regime and sat in gulak for years.
Great-great grandfather, military boat officer. Not sure if torpedo one or smth else.
cadet from september 1941 to december 1941,
sniper from december 1941 to november 1942,
radioman in frontier forces from november 1942 to jule 1946.
In 1941 he was 19 y.o. on his passport and 17 y.o. in fact.
Two great-grandfathers (the father of my grandfather I wrote about) and the father of my paternal grandmother also fought, but I was not familiar with them, they died before I was born.
One was a career artillery officer and i don't know much about the second one.
Surviving after civil war
Mine killed lots of Germans :)))))
I can only talk about WW1. My great-great-grandpa was fighting at the isonzofront, which was one of the harshest of the whole war as far as i know. He left behind a war diary that i recently translated with my grandmother since it was written in an old handwriting. Still have to digitalize it tho, really want to share it, its all poems :) if anyone here knows Kurrent i would appreciate the help for the last few unknown segments
My grandpa was killing nasty russian occupants.
my dads great grandfather who was german, was some kind of high ranking nazi official who was stationed in ukraine, I don't know anything about my korean ones tho although they probably got drafted by the Japanese in 1944
Nothing. I'm not sure about my mom's side but my great grandfather and grandfather both were business men. My mom is Japanese so I am guessing that her grandfather would be probably in imperial army.
So that would be like captain today
My grandfather has taken down 6 German Planes.
He was the worst mechanic in Luftwaffe
My grandmas brother was a RAF Pilot. He was shot down by Jermans and got imprisoned. Then he escaped, but was again captured by Jerman gestapo and shot in the back
On the German kill list my great great grandpa was 51. in the village. His son fought for Partisans when they got near my grandpa was like 12 and was in school. (around Belgrade)
One fought Albanians in the south.
Croats shot and killed all grandparents of my grandpa and a grandmother, his uncle died in the Partisans. (Slavonia)
Pretty sure the last one was in both chetniks and partisans as well
mY dAd SxcK a D1k for l1ving
Very interesting thread indeed mens!!
My granpa was a member of The Portuguese Legion .
Portugal was officially neutral during World War II
Don't know about my father's side. On my mother's side my grandpa fought in the Grebbe-linie when the Germans first invaded. It was soldiers on bikes against the German warmachine, after a few days Rotterdam was bombed and the Dutch surrendered. After that it was pretty much live as usual I think. His father-in-law, so my grandma's father was nsb-scum. My grandpa hated his guts till he died.
Both my gramps fought vs Nazis in Partizan liberation army and got decorated multiple times. But what about yours? Don't recall reading anything about your ancestors in WWII?
wow great thread ! my grandpa was a military cook
One great-grandpa were kidnaped by jermans and taken to jermany, worked as a slav(e) for jerman family on farm, after war he was released, but commies sent him into exile to the far north for working for the enemies xd. Another great-grandpa were fighting jermans and left his autograph on the walls of the reichstag
They were both pretty young and teenagers. One was like a medic i think and the other one was deployed on a flak
they were probably playing boccha
My grandma's brother died in war
That is it
my grandpa as a little kid got almost run over by T-34 when it destroyed their garden and he came out of the hiding to take a closer look
Great grandfather was a cop up north during the Nazi occupation, but was actually working for the resistance. Would smuggle arms and inform people who were going to get sent to camps so that they could escape. I know he also helped blow up bridges and walked across France from a camp after being liberated by the Americans (so he could get back home).
Other great grandfather (English) was in charge of trains in India and would organise the movement of supplies during the war.
Other grandpa was fighting against Soviets in Rukajärvi area part of long range recon detachement (kaukopartiomies). Other one was in Karelian Isthmus working in signal and communication. Recon grandpa have told me he killed several Ruskies during war before got wounded and lost a few fingers. Other one just told he have shot in direction of enemy at time to time, but was not sure if they got wounded or did he hit at all. One has already passed but other one still live. I have great respect for them both.
My family from my mothers side were germans in romania, and i dont know exactly what my great grandpa did during ww2, but after ww2 he was taken to Siberia for a couple of years.
My Great grandpa from my fathers side was from germany and i know that he was fighting in finland.
too young and too old i think
my grandpas were basically a kids of war and were born in the early 1930s
no fight experience
some of their older brothers went to war and some of them never came back
idk about greatgrandpas though
My great-grandpa died right after he was sent from war to home on his doorstep in the arms of wife/son
My great grandfather was apparently a higher up and was treating his comrades so bad that as soon as they went into battle they shot him from the back.
Mine was a french gendarme, he was in the Résistance and made some operations to kill Germans and destroy infrastructures to help Allies. He died by being captured by Germans and getting shot.
The father of my grand pa fight in the WWI and hereived a medal.
Grandfather in USSR Naval Infantry, cool isnt it
Actually, I have no idea. I never asked for the details. Both of my Grandpas died early one of them I have never met.
I only know my Grandma fled from the nazis, cuz her parents were against them.
being from Ireland means both my grandfathers had zero role in WW2 tho i did have a Grand uncle who was in the US Airforce during the war but like he's dead a long time now on another note my Grandfather had a neighbor who was in the Luftwaffe during the war after the war he emigrated to Ireland and opened a successful Jewelry and watch / clock repair shop he passed away last year in his 90s
I destroyed USSR in 1990 I piss USSR tank when I was a child :) now global elite in csgo :P
i dont know all history of my great grandpa, but i know that his family was divided, his pregnant wife was captured and moved to Nürnberg(where my grandpa was born), in 1948 they found each other
My grandpa was chilling on the Bulgarian border
Properly working in a barn or some shit :D
My grandpa was a flight mechanic at an RAF base in the UK, which I guess is lucky when you consider that his brother was a pilot in South east Asia, he flew hurricanes to fight the Japanese, and was murdered in an ambush when him and his crew landed to investigate a seemingly abandoned airstrip, he was the only casualty. He’s remembered on a memorial in Singapore somewhere
Both my grandfathers were not born during ww2.
Don't know what my great grandfathers did though.
My great grandfather was in some kind of Nordic SS i guess dont know what happend to him.
poland army use death bodys to escape so sad
my grandmother helped greek resistance fighters in her town and idk what my grandfather did
my great great great great grandfather was the resistance fighter that liberated greece from ottoman rule though so thats cool even though its not during ww2
my grandpa was infantry divison. he was a short man what saved his live. his friend and Brother in arms died from a bullet to his head and if my grandpa was 10cm the bullet had gotten him aswell
My great grandpa fought since 1941, he was a partisan in forests of Bryansk till 1943, then participated in most of major battles of Red Army including Battle of Berlin and Prague Offensive. He also received a letter of appreciation for courage in fighting near Cottbus town
Nothing, I'm not french since 120284 generations
too poor to even get invaded. Just a random farmer who was doing his business as usual
I don't really know, my great grandma and her siblings lived in some villages, I heard two stories:
1. one of like 10-12 silbings died due to some bombing or something, he was doing some job on a field and died there.
2. my great-grandma was making food for occupying Germans
Grandfather fought alongside the Japanese until the end. Escaped to Korea for a couple of years when he heard what Soviets and Chinese troops were doing to Manchukuo soldiers who had surrendered.
Returned soon after the Korean war broke out and ended up getting drafted there due to his military experience and ended up being an officer.
Great grandpa was sniper during winter war
my great grandpa fought on the italian front in the first ww
Great Grandpa was in the air force
Great Grandpa was in the 316th infantry division of Panfilov, 1941, 15 november died from injuries near Volokolamsk, he was awarded the Order of the Red Banner, and many other medals posthumously,
One of them fought on the eastfront against Soveits and was later imrpisoned because he was part of the ninth army division that surrenderd in Stalingrad. Later he was sent home to East Germany and reunited with his family. The women he started a family has also quite a tragic story. She was from Prussia, and was left alone pregnant in the mid years of WW2. When soviets came closer she left to Dresden was eventually getting bombed but survived and later giving safe birth to my grandfather. She was scared because of the Soviets when the war ended but nothing really happened with her.
The great grandfather from my fathers site also fought on WW2 but i dont know much about him unfornately :/ He fought on the east aswell the west
Both of my grandpas did the WW2 (the first one lived the WW1 as a baby).
My Greek grandpa (o pappous) was young when the nazis arrived but he had to carry a gun at 13y/o to protect the village walls.
The other one fought against Germany when they tried to pass through Belgium, he got captured and deported to Germany. He spoke natively French and German and was fluent in Dutch so he got out of the prison to fill in administrative roles in Namur. He got mentally destroyed by the war and never talked about it once it was over, my mother is sad not to know anything about it. My uncle talked to us a lot about what happened back then, he was a priest and he crossed the borders with a lot of prisoners and jews to save them. He had access to information due to my grand pa's job
my grandpa was in the hungarian army in the first world war, from what he told me he almost died because they were shooting at him while he was riding a train around to another side
Grandad was a royal engineer so it was his job to build water pumping stations and infrastructure for the British in North Africa :)
I think my family did nothing they were busy fishing and getting occupied
Hitler Jugend until the war was over afaik
I know that my grand-grandpa's father who was a Jew died in a gas chamber
was forced to join waffen-ss
parents / relatives were killed / gone MIA because of bolchevik revolution
had to burn waffen ss tattoo with hot water or would have gotten killed
grandma has been sort of a refugee in the parts of east germany that are now polish
My grandad fought at dday as part of the naval fleet.
I believe I had a relative who either was an Austrian that moved to Soviet Union or a Soviet spy in Austria. The worse thing is that there are no documents, just few photos where he's in an Austrian lake.
they were probably trying to survive in the caves