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Operation Greif -12 by andrielisilien Operation Greif -12 by andrielisilien
Goofy plans are back yay! :la: I found this excellent book a month ago packed with exciting stories and events during WW2. In it I discovered Operation Greif which caused a lot of… Grief. :XD:

Hitler had the idea to send fake GI’s (Government Issue) disguised as Americans to get behind enemy lines at the Battle of the Bulge in 1944-1945 and seize the bridge on the Meuse River. It was given the name Operation Greif no doubt to ‘grasp’ the morale of the American army and provide support for Germany. Major Otto Skorzeny (nicknamed “Scarface”) had the honor in being the leader and trainer to the Germans assigned this mission in a group called Panzerbrigade 15. Training took about 5 weeks where several hundreds of German soldiers not only studied the English language but also the behavior of Americans. Some Germans were even slipped in amongst the American POWs to sharpen their skills. Then they were given US uniforms and vehicles to ride in disguise.

Operation Greif did have some success in causing confusion by giving out false directions to an American army regiment, turning road signs around and making Allied soldiers suspicious of their own comrades. A rumor was even started by captured fake GI’s that Eisenhower was to be assassinated by Major Skorzeny himself (which was a hoax). However, Operation Greif was causing quite a bit trouble among the Germans who were trying to put this forward in full swing.

Not even half of the Panzerbrigade 15 in training had mastered the English language let alone American slang well enough to be convincing save only a dozen. The Americans learned to spot a fake GI very quickly this way. Some of the clues would be when GI’s were seen riding four to a jeep instead of the usual two to a jeep, when GI’s began referring to themselves as a ‘company’ instead of a troop and calling gasoline/fuel as “petrol’. My favorite blunder was when one German military police officer captured what appeared to be an American who turned out to be a comrade in disguise. :lol:

So Operation Greif failed and didn’t succeed in getting to the Meuse River as was intended. Only a fraction of the Panzerbrigade 15 got through but even then didn’t make much of an impact. A quote from my newfound book on the topic:

“These men, Skorzeny later wrote, ‘could never dupe an American – not even a deaf one!’” Armchair Reader - World War 2: Extraordinary Facts and Stories pg. 426.
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Salsena Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
XD This is a lot better than in Beautiful World, where Germany and Prussia put on American uniforms to infiltrate an American camp.
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andrielisilien Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
I thought that was pretty hilarious!  Germany did a good job putting on America's demeanor... a little too good. :lol:
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12Freddofrogs Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013

*bursts into laughter*

 

By the way, I love these little comics you do.

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andrielisilien Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
And I love these little comments you do. :XD:  *bursts into laughter*
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12Freddofrogs Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
:D (Big Grin) 
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Enrico1946 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
same problem for the OSS agents in Inglorious basterds... 
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silverheartlugia2000 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013   Traditional Artist
XD im lovin these failed plan tidbits!
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andrielisilien Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
:icongrin--plz:
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X-I-L2048 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lol - I've heard of this before. :XD: Though I think it was Germans getting busted trying to be English, than trying to be American. :XD: Trying to act like an American stereotype worked just as well as I'd expect it to, actually. :giggle: Poor Prussia! Though I'm still trying to figure out how he got Nantucket taped to his hair...
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andrielisilien Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
After doing a bit more research I found that the Germans did try to impersonate the British as well. Yet the book I read only talked about the Americans and it was funnier.

He got Nantucket taped to his hair just like England taped his Italian curl :iconitalianenglandplz:
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X-I-L2048 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, I see.

lol! Why would he do that, though?
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andrielisilien Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
It was worth a shot.
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X-I-L2048 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Worth a shot to WHAT? Get himself killed? :XD:
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HanaFa732 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Chibi America's so cute in his POW outfit. He looks like he's dancing and making the best out of his situation. Also, poor Gilbert. If I had half a mind, I'll give him a sympathy hug.
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andrielisilien Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
America was permitted to keep his baseball which was all he cared about :lol:
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HanaFa732 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I see it now that you mention it. So cute and hilarious.
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MrMadManiac Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist
Germany has enough trouble working with Japan's and Italy's culture! Now he has to impersonate America? And yet all he seems to accomplish is humiliating his brother.
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andrielisilien Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
I laughed so hard when I read that bit!! :rofl: Just imagine the embarrassment!

Germany's acting skills are something to be desired. LOL
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MrMadManiac Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist
What bit? Germany working with Italy and Japan, or humiliating Prussia?

Gilbert: I'm too awesome to work with this idiot!
Ludwig: Then let's see your ideas, Shweinhund!

He wouldn't do too bad translating the Drill Sargent in Full Metal Jacket.
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andrielisilien Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
oh sorry, I meant in reference to the Germany MP capture his buddy and claiming he had caught an American. pffht!!
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MrMadManiac Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist
Ah.
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Willsormiston Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
Yay! You're back!! Also this is amazing XD

You might be interested to hear that there was also a special division of Germans similar to this called the Brandenburgers. However, unlike Greif, the Brandenburgers preferred to steal enemy vehicles or uniforms and use them in combat rather than for spying and espionage. Can't be pleasant to have a whole convoy of people in your own colours suddenly open fire on you.

Anyway, the bit with the German capturing the German is my favourite! XD
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andrielisilien Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
Yes, that would be awful seeing your comrades suddenly turn on you. It would be terrifying because who then could you trust?

Glad you enjoyed :) Thanks for commenting.
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refuichi Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lolololol poor prussia!!!!
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andrielisilien Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
Indeed :XD:
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refuichi Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lolololol XD I don't think america is albino XD
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amazon211 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
German soldiers.... Spies, they are not.
:iconspyplz::iconsaysplz: Only an amateur sends soldiers to do a double agent's job.
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andrielisilien Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
I thought the Germans would have done a decent job but I was wrong :lol:
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Piezelle Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist
Oh geez you guys... :iconfacepalmplz: lol
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andrielisilien Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
hahaha!! :XD: Exactly! If you can't fool an American then your impersonating is REALLY bad.
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Piezelle Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist
Yup :D
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neonpenz Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, XD I didn't know this happened.
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andrielisilien Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
Me neither until I found that book. :D
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neonpenz Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Book are so amazing! So beautiful!
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andrielisilien Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
I hoard books :XD:
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neonpenz Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! I wish I could hoard books. I just don't have the money to buy books as much as I want LOL

Sometimes I just have a pile of books from the library as my hoard XD
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andrielisilien Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
Usually I find my books from thrift stores or libraries that are having a sale. Hoarding library books works :)
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neonpenz Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love to get books second hand if I can. As long as they are in decent condition.


.-. I had to stop holding library books so long. I forgot to turn them in before a trip and ended up paying a big fine XD Woops!
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Talon-Heartless Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL. Speaking of impersonating, it's apparently illegal to impersonate a Chelsea Pensioner in the UK. XD
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andrielisilien Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
I had no idea but I can sort of understand why. *I had to google it because I didn't know that was what the men in scarlet were called*
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Talon-Heartless Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's cool but a little bit awkward. :)
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OneRandomNameIndeed Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Student Writer
Haha, :aww: It's not that easy mixing into a foreign culture, within a limited amount of time! =P
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andrielisilien Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
Very true. The English language is a pain to understand!
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OneRandomNameIndeed Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Student Writer
:D
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Kalafin99 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Nice! All of your comics are so informative!
But, what are the use of those white-blank panels?
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andrielisilien Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
:iconicantbelieveitplz: I made the mistake in multitasking while putting the image together and forgot to fill them in.

I can't believe I did that!!! Thanks for pointing it out. ... I'm so embarrassed. :ashamed:
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Kalafin99 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
....don't be embarrassed....I had once used the wrong grammars on my doujins and I realized the mistakes after it was too late as I had submitted it to 3 groups...
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Yamakal-12 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
Did you also hear how General Omar Bradley was detained by some GI's who thought he was a spy? Even better, the question he was asked:
GI: What's the capital of Illinois?
Bradley: Springfield.

The GI thought it was Chicago, and as such, thought it necessary to detain "the impostor". I heard another American general got detained because he thought the Chicago Cubs played in the American League.

Another great sketch, going straight to my favorites.
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andrielisilien Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
heheh, I would feel like such a fool. But Chicago would be the typical American answer. Our geography is notorious. :lol:

Thanks for commenting.
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