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SHARKHUNTERS International
Southern Patrol 2012
 

We head south through the Bavarian Alps into the Austrian Alps, all the while seeing new and more magnificent scenery.  These are the same Alps that Hannibal saw as he marched toward Rome, that the Romans saw as they marched into unconquered territories - this is pure history!
 

 
Can you believe this is only middle September?   Photos shot out our window - yes, it was a blizzard
     
 

They were expecting us in the breakfast room

 

of our Hotel Gret'l - beautiful hotel


In the evening, we join many, many veterans for singing and fellowship

 
     
 
    We have known Herta for years
 
The "Flame of Flanders" fighters were well represented   We see more young people this year
     
 

Evening entertainment by singing groups and

 

by our good friend ENRICO COSTA (7117-LIFE-2006)

     
 
As we noted - more and more young people   At the dinner from left:  xxxxx, HARRY COOPER (1-LIFE-1983), Lady Michele, RALPH FRÖHNER (7392-2008), Tony Bowley


The Ulrichsberg Memorial

 
     

ABOVE - our good friend PAUL RÖSCH (7019-LIFE-2005) with his new Italian friend.  During the war, Oberleutnant PAUL was a tank commander with the 5thh SS, the Viking Division.

ABOVE RIGHT and RIGHT - we gather to board the bus for the ride to the mountain.  Many have wreaths for the Memorial.

 
     

  
There is a strong police presence all along the route as well as at the top of the mountain to make sure the nitwits from AntiFa do not cause trouble.  This is one of the signs along the route that say your property, your health and maybe even your life are in jeopardy and it says that these areas are being watched by video cameras to prevent problems.

We have been coming here since 1990 and have never seen problems.

 


We arrive with our big bus at the place where we change into smaller busses that can make the sharp turns on the mountain road

 
     

There are a great many veterans of many groups here and especially our dear friend WOLF-DIETER RESSING (7220-LIFE-2007).
   
There are even film makers - Nathalie is the producer, director and main camerman while Patricia is the assistant.

 
 


We are on the mountain, on Ulrichsberg, for the Memorial

 

The Flagbearers, veterans all, begin to

 

assemble near the main area

     
 

Above and below - the parade and

 

posting of the Flags

 
     
     
 
     
 

For the years we have been coming to the Ulrichsberg Memorial, the great concern that this tradition would not be carried on by younger people.  As we see here, more and more young people, from little kids to
  
the youth are participating more and more in this important event.

     
 


The Memorial services on the mountain - on Ulrichsberg

 
The ruined church.............   ........final preparations being made
     
 
Above and below - the participants   Above and below - the Honor Guard
 
     

  
No more schnapps on the mountain - instead there are cakes and coffee and the money from this goes to benefit the veterans.

Right - the Mayor of the Italian town of Redipuglia is always here.  His town has been associated with the Ulrichsberg Memorial for years.  It was in Redipuglia that young Oberleutnant Erwin Rommel earned his Pour le Merit (Blue Max) during bitter fighting.  The trenches are still there as are bunkers and many weapons - all preserved for history.

 


The Memorial is finished but some linger on the mountain

 
     
 

Inside the old church there are memorial plaques, flowers, tablets and a large wooden cross to remember all who fell in battle.  Every once in a while, the gutless cowardly swine of the AntiFa slither their way up the mountain in the night and vandalize everything they can here.  Worse yet, they take great pride in their cowardly deeds - sneaking in where there is no one to oppose them, destroying memories of fallen soldiers that old veterans and widows of veterans must come to clean up and repair.

     
Where is this photo?
The beautiful lady in the
photo asked that we remove it.
 
Saying goodbye to friends   We all head back down the mountain to the waiting busses


The Ulrichsberg Memorial is finished for 2012, but we will return in 2013
There is a place for you on this 'Patrol', will you be with us?

On our way back to München airport, we stop at our Sharkhunters home in the Bavarian Alps - the Hotel zum Türken for a rest.

 

Left - Owner and our best lady friend in all Europe, INGRID SCHARFENBERG (3308-A/LIFE-1993), a wonderful hostess
 
The leaders of the Third Reich sat on this patio for their coffee

     
 
Breakfast here is outstanding   One last look at the Alps


We are headed to the Franz Josef Strauß Airport and back to our homes
     but we will be back in 2013.  Join us.

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