The US Army & German Wehrmacht VS Waffen SS - Battle for Castle Itter 1945 | Summary and Q&A

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The US Army & German Wehrmacht VS Waffen SS - Battle for Castle Itter 1945

TL;DR

American and German forces team up to rescue prisoners from Itter Castle in a daring battle against the German SS.

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Questions & Answers

Q: What led to the collaboration between American and German forces in the Battle for Castle Itter?

The collaboration was a result of Major Gangl's opposition to the Nazis, his collaboration with the Austrian resistance, and the castle's Czech cook seeking help.

Q: Who were the prisoners being held at Itter Castle?

The prisoners included former French Prime Ministers Paul Reynaud and Édouard Daladier, a tennis star, and other prominent French figures.

Q: How did the defenders of the castle hold off the Waffen-SS force?

The defenders, including American and German soldiers, as well as the French prisoners, used their positions in the castle and armed themselves to fire upon the attackers, inflicting casualties.

Q: How did the battle for Castle Itter end?

American reinforcements arrived with tanks, defeating the Waffen-SS force and liberating the castle. It is considered the only battle where Americans and Germans fought together as allies.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • In May 1945, American soldiers and German Wehrmacht soldiers, led by Captain John C. "Jack" Lee, Jr. and Major Josef "Sepp" Gangl, collaborate to rescue prisoners from Itter Castle.

  • The castle's Czech cook reaches out to the Austrian resistance, who then contacts Major Gangl for help.

  • The American and German group closes in on the castle and defends it against an attacking Waffen-SS force until reinforcements arrive.

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