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Germans behaving badly! NOT OBEYING ORDERS!
Call out the fallschirmjager!
Yet one more instance of Germans fighting Germans at the very end of the Second World War in Europe.
Waffen SS men deciding not to obey orders as from constituted command. Their actions thwarted by German fallschirmjager. Thanks to the Internet web site article "Some FJ Facts"
"Men of the 8th Parachute Division were called upon to neutralize a group of die hard SS and German Partisan's (Werewolf units) in the first days of May 1945. They dug themselves in within a forest called Forst Segeberg in Northern Germany. They were intent on battling against 2 Battalions of the British 11th Armoured Division. In Flensburg on the German/Danish border, Admiral Dönitz, now chief of state after Hitler's death, ordered them to surrender. When they refused Dönitz dispatched some splinter groups of the 8th Parachute Division to deal with them. Under the eyes of the British, a fierce battle broke out between the two German forces. The remnants of the fanatical SS Kampfgruppe surrendered a couple of days later."
MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE FOR DOENITZ IT WAS THAT THE SS MEN REFUSED TO OBEY CONSTITUTED GERMAN AUTHORITY.
See previous blog entry regarding Waffen SS and SS recalcitrance and the response of Heer [German army] subsequent to VE Day:
Such events were not so uncommon as we might think? This perhaps might make the subject of a PhD thesis?