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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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