19 April 2013

General Hermann Plocher Arrived at Milsbeek

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Date: Tuesday, 19 September 1944
Place: Milsbeek, Limburg, Netherlands
Photographer: Unknown

This image, taken in the morning of Tuesday September 19, 1944, shows the moment of the arrival of Generalleutant Hermann Lukas Plocher (5 January 1901 - 8 December 1980), Chef des Generalstabes der Luftflotte 3, at Milsbeek, Netherlands, to organize operations against the "Landing Zone N" (LZ "N"), which has lowered the 505th PIR of the 82nd U.S. Airborne Division. Several of his subordinates have been quick to approach his car (Plocher is the one in the seat next to the driver), to put the current situation. This officer, who served as Chief of Staff of the Condor Legion during the Spanish Civil War, has been fielded by General der Flieger Friedrich Christiansen, who is the Commander of the "Wehrmacht-Befehlshaber Niederlande" (Command of the Wehrmacht in the Netherlands), and under the responsibility of this administration in the area of occupancy of communications, tanks, rail service, moving supplies, military installations, and the coordination of the various branches of the German armed forces present in the area.

Book "Kampfraum Arnhem - A photo study of the German Soldier fighting in and around Arnhem, September 1944" by Harlan Glenn & Remy Spezzano
Photo courtesy of Alvaro Casanova Mora at http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10201089909671282&set=o.303273499761263&type=1&relevant_count=1&ref=nf 

A curious group of Dutch children, the first of which fits the traditional wooden clogs, viewed from the entrance of Milsbeek mill, the arrival of Generalleutant Hermann Plocher and members of his staff, which has been sent to provide a defense against American releases in the field of "Landing Zone N". He should coordinate in the first stage, the use of a varied amount of training and replacement units, which include men from Heer, Luftwaffe, and even Kriegsmarine! The mill, built in 1910 was used to drain water from Somonpolder until it fell into disuse in the 1930's. In the picture, a subordinate inform the news report (l "pass the party") to Plocher

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