On September 23, 2022, former soldier Luc Vangansbeke will be present at the cultural space of the Baillet-Latour Museum in Latour for his conference: "Operations Greif and Stösser, fake American soldiers and real German parachutists in the Ardennes."
Luc Vangansbeke is passionate about military history and is a regular freelancer for various specialized publications. He will try to unravel the truth as he tells the tale of two famous operations: Greif and Stösser.
In addition, he will also briefly review another Wehrmacht action, Operation Ni-Wi. This mission was launched on May 10, 1940, to take the positions of the Ardennes Hunters from the rear, an ingenious and still too little-known action.
The Battle of the Bulge was a military operation that took place during the winter of 1944.
A famous scene comes to mind in the 1965 film of the same name. We are talking about the parachuting behind the American lines of German soldiers disguised as American soldiers. These soldiers spoke perfect English with a Brooklyn accent! Unfortunately, even if this sequence works well in the plot, director Ken Annakin did not show great historical rigor.
The filmmaker has condensed two separate operations into one scene.
Both operations failed. However, almost 80 years later, legends, each more fanciful than the last, continue to be spread about these two missions.
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