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Bodies of ISIS Fighters Near Manbij
Ar-Raqqah District, Ar-Raqqah Governorate, Syria
By yekru
12 Jun 2016

June 11, 2016
Manbij, Syria

WARNING: THIS VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES

Video shows bodies of ISIS soldiers on the southern frontline one kilometer away from central Manbij. The Syria Democratic Forces backed by U.S-led air strikes, American and French Special Forces are imposing a siege over ISIS-held Manbij as they attempt to enter the city.
Video also shows airstrikes on ISIS positions overlooking Manbij.

SDF have launched an offensive to retake Raqqa, the defacto capital of ISIS in Syria.

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Warrior Competition 2015
Amman
By Lindsey Leger
21 Apr 2015

April 21, 2015

Amman, Jordan

The seventh annual Warrior Competition held at the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center (KASOTC) on the outskirts of Jordan’s capital, Amman. Elite counter-terror teams from around the world compete for five days from April 19th to the 23rd, in a show of sportsmanship in events with such names as “Top Gun,” and “3-Gun Gauntlet.” Soldiers run obstacle courses, scale walls, crawl beneath fences, then dash uphill to fire at moving targets in the distance.

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The reverberation from the desert canyon walls make it difficult to tell where the sound is coming from - but then, there is the harsh crack from the sniper’s rifle, soldiers sprint through city streets to storm a building, and a human-sized form is hauled out and loaded onto a truck. On a day like today, it’s normal to hear lieutenants shouting to their men in Arabic, Russian, English and Pashto. This isn’t a real war, but the scenes being played out could mimic a not-so-distant urban battlefield.

This is a staged scenario in a mock cityscape, part of the seventh annual Warrior Competition held at the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center (KASOTC) on the outskirts of Jordan’s capital, Amman. 

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King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center
By Lindsey Leger
21 Apr 2015

The Jordanian team rests in the shade of a sandstone cliff before the "urban assault" event at the Warrior Competition on April 21, 2015. In this event, soldiers must rush over a dirt verge, storm a building in a mock city, rescue a hostage and fire at targets in the distance.

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King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center
By Lindsey Leger
21 Apr 2015

The Colombia team participates in the desert stress shoot event in the seventh annual Warrior Competition at the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center near Amman, Jordan, on April 21, 2015.

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King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center
By Lindsey Leger
21 Apr 2015

The Jordan team participates in the Airbus seizure event, demonstrating how to execute a target onboard a passenger aircraft. The exercise was part of the seventh annual Warrior Competition at the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center near Amman, Jordan, on April 21, 2015.

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King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center
By Lindsey Leger
21 Apr 2015

Commander Malik Al-Abbadi, leader of the Jordanian team, is photographed during the desert stress shoot at the seventh annual Warrior Competition at the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center near Amman, Jordan, on April 21, 2015.

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King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center
By Lindsey Leger
21 Apr 2015

Brigadier General Aref Al-Zaben, the General Director for the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center, is photographed during the seventh annual Warrior Competition on April 21, 2015.

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King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center
By Lindsey Leger
20 Apr 2015

The Lebanese Armed Forces gather their gear before heading to the next event in the Warrior Competition on April 20, 2015. The competition is held at the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center near Amman, Jordan.

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King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center
By Lindsey Leger
20 Apr 2015

The all-women's Unit 30 SWAT Police team from Jordan competes in the three-gun gauntlet during the seventh annual Warrior Competition at the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center near Amman, Jordan, on April 20, 2015.

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King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center
By Lindsey Leger
20 Apr 2015

The all-women's Unit 30 SWAT Police team from Jordan competes in the three-gun gauntlet during the seventh annual Warrior Competition at the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center near Amman, Jordan, on April 20, 2015.

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King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center
By Lindsey Leger
20 Apr 2015

The Jordan team participates in the hostage rescue exercise at the seventh annual Warrior Competition at the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center near Amman, Jordan, on April 20, 2015.

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King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center
By Lindsey Leger
20 Apr 2015

Soldiers wait for instructions atop a tower during the "Urban Assault" event on April 20, 2015, during the seventh annual Warrior Competition near Amman, Jordan. The center, which spans 25 acres of a blasted-out desert canyon, is a state-of-the-art training facility complete with mock cityscapes, villages, and grounded aircraft. The exercises are all performed with live ammunition.

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King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center
By Lindsey Leger
20 Apr 2015

A member of the Jordanian team participates in the "3-Gun Gauntlet" event in the Warrior Competition on April 20, 2015 at the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center near Amman, Jordan. After running through a narrow concrete "gauntlet" soldiers must shoot targets with three different weapons, while being judged for speed and accuracy.

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King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center
By Lindsey Leger
19 Apr 2015

A parachuter from Jordan 71st counter-terrorism battalion prepares to land during the opening ceremonies of the seventh annual Warrior Competition at the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center near Amman, Jordan on April 19, 2015.

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King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center
By Lindsey Leger
19 Apr 2015

The Jordanian team prepares for the first event of the Warrior Competition, "Top Gun," in which soldiers must shoot at targets at varying distances with three different weapons, while being judged for speed and accuracy. Jordan and the U.S. were finalists, with Jordan ultimately coming in first place.

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King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center
By Lindsey Leger
19 Apr 2015

Members of the American and Canadian teams cheer together and watch the remaining teams compete in the "Top Gun" event at the seventh annual Warrior Competition at the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center near Amman, Jordan on April 19, 2015. Jordan and the United States were finalists in the event, with Jordan ultimately coming in first place.

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King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center
By Lindsey Leger
19 Apr 2015

The Palestinian team is photographed during the opening ceremonies of the seventh annual Warrior Competition on April 19, 2015 at the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center near Amman, Jordan.

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King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center
By Lindsey Leger
19 Apr 2015

Teams from various countries relax together and cheer on their teammates during the first event of the Warrior Competition, "Top Gun." Elite counter-terrorism teams from around the world compete for the title of champion at the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center near Amman, Jordan.

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King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center
By Lindsey Leger
19 Apr 2015

Members of the American and Canadian teams cheer together and watch the remaining teams compete in the "Top Gun" event at the seventh annual Warrior Competition at the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center near Amman, Jordan on April 19, 2015. Jordan and the United States were finalists in the event, with Jordan ultimately coming in first place.

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Easter Celebration in conflict Zone I...
Kramatorsk, Ukraine
By Andrey Samerkhanov
14 Apr 2015

Liberated Kramatorsk residents celebrate Easter during an open air event.
Kramatorsk is still in the conflict zone in Ukraine and just to remind the city was heavily shelled with Russian MRLS BM9K58 Tornado by Russian mercenaries just two month ago during another day (on Feb 10 2015).
More materials: http://empr.media/news/kramatorsk-shelled-with-russian-missiles-1-civilian-killed-6-wounded
http://empr.media/video/conflict-zone/shelling-of-kramatorsk-by-russian-tornado-missiles
http://empr.media/video/conflict-zone/kramatorsk-shelled-by-russian-tornado-missiles
http://empr.media/video/conflict-zone/unexploded-russian-tornado-missile-at-kids-playground-in-kramatorsk
https://youtu.be/SFFFL36NKb4
Young and old people now are tired from warfare during a year of Russian military invasion into Ukraine and are glad to celebrate the spring coming.
Full English description and sound bites translation will be provided after request.

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Easter presents from volunteers for U...
Kramatorsk
By Andrey Samerkhanov
12 Apr 2015

Ukrainian volunteers bring homemade made Easter presents to Ukrainian border guards in Kramatorsk.

Full English description and sound bites translation will be provided after request.

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Colonel Claude Mademba
Nimes
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
08 Apr 2015

Colonel Mademba fought in North Africa and Italy with British and French forces as an infantryman against German forces.

"On May 5th 1945, I fired my last shell from my Sherman tank at Hitler's Berghof complex," he said.

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Lahcen Majid
Saint Remi
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
08 Apr 2015

Lahcen Majid fought as an infantrymen in Italy as part of a Moroccan outfit attached to Free French forces, against the German army.

"On May 11th 1944, right before the last major push for Monte Cassino, I saw the entire countryside light up with an artillery barrage," he said. "By 2:00 a.m. hundreds of Allied soldiers were already arriving at our hospital to be treated."

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Joel D. Pasado
Los Angeles, CA
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
08 Apr 2015

Joel D. Pasado was a rebel fighter in the Philippines against Japanese forces.

"We surrounded the hospital," he said. "The defenders fought hard, as they had to fight room to room throwing grenades and using bayonets. On one occasion I stormed a room filled with Japanese soldiers. One tried to stab me, but was shot by one of my soldiers and was killed. He saved my life."

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Portrait of a Generation: WWII Vetera...
New York City, NY
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
07 Apr 2015

The Second World War was fought by an entire generation of men from more than 60 nations. Americans, Canadians, Russian, British, Chinese, South Africans and many others fought the Japanese, Spaniards, Italians, Germans, Slovaks and more, all were embroiled in a war which killed over 50 millions soldiers and civilians alike, making this conflict the bloodiest in Human history. The 1921/22-generation is today often known as a sacrificed generation, which fought for a various array of beliefs all intertwined in self-sacrifice and honor. In Germany alone 5.2 million soldiers were killed or missing in battle in a six-year period, Japan lost over 2 million men in combat, while the United States suffered 409 thousand men killed in action. However Russia holds the morbid record, with more than 10 million killed between 1941 and 1945. These astounding numbers show the brutality in which this war was fought in the air, on land and in the seas.

As a journalist, always in search for a certain historical truth within today’s framework, the stories of each of these men interviewed and photographed is a treasure of human perseverance. The project contains no pretense to judge or criticize the actions or decisions taken by these men, but it is rather a recollection of a period drastically different from ours. Their testimony is relevant in a historical sense, which should not be lost in time, as the next generations to come can and should learn from this generation.

The project itself differs from other veteran type shoots, in the sense that it tries to combine so many different nationalities. This combination was hard to achieve. It took no less than 5 years and travels to over 12 countries to meet, photograph, and interview these men. As a photojournalist, it was not only the photo shoot that was interesting, but also the search to meet these veterans, especially the ex Waffen SS and the foreign elements who fought within its ranks; and the more obscure nationalities who fought alongside major powers, like Croatians or Senegalese.

The photography project deals with as many nationalities as possible, for the simple reason that many nations were involved in the fighting. So far I have photographed Germans, Russians, Armenians, Karabastis, French, Belgium, Poles, Americans, Nepalese, Croatian, Czechs, Latvians, Japanese Americans, Pilipino, Hungarians and more…, which includes 221 men from 59 different nationalities.  Each man is interviewed on his experience through out the war. The goal of this project is to reunite as many veterans as possible from most of the nations involved in the Second World War.

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Houthi Rebels Capture Major Yemen Coa...
Hodaidah
By Dhaifallah Homran
28 Feb 2015

February 28, 2015
Hodeidah, Yemen

Houthi rebels took control of the coast guard center in Hodeidah, Yemen's second largest port town and fourth largest city, after heavy clashes with Yemeni special forces on February 27. Fighting went on for six hours, beginning at dawn when the Houthis bombed the centre with heavy weapons. Military sources did not confirm any injuries.

The video shows Houthis with the heavy artillery they seized, the interior of the coast guard center, and an armed contingent of them chanting, "Allahu Akbar, Death to America, Death to Israel, Curse on the Jews, Victory to Islam."

The Houthis took control over most of Hodeidah in October 2014 but there were pockets of resistance such as the base of the coast guard of the Yemeni Navy.

Hodeidah is Yemen's second largest coastal town in Yemen and is of strategic importance due to its situation on the Red Sea, between the Gulf of Aden and the Suez Canal.

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Cameroonian Army Battles Boko Haram
Fotokol, Amchide
By Transterra Editor
16 Feb 2015

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT

February 16, 17, 2015
Fotokol; Amchide; Kolofata, Northern Cameroon

Cameroonian special forces soldiers from the Batallion d'Intervention Rapide (B.I.R.), or Rapid Intervention Battalion patrol villages and battle Boko Haram fighters along the Cameroonian-Nigerian border between the towns of Fotokol, Kolofata, and Amchide.

Located in the extreme north of Cameroon, along the Nigerian frontier, these towns have been the scene of intense fighting between Boko Haram and both Cameroonian and Nigerian troops, who have been trying to secure the porous border. The town of Fotokol was the scene of a massacre of 70 civilians by Boko Haram in early February. Cameroonian troops are now participating in an African Union funded alliance aimed at encircling and finishing off Boko Haram. The alliance also includes Nigeria, Niger, Chad, and Benin. An assault by Cameroonian forces against Boko Haram in the Nigerian village of Ndaba on March 13, 14, 2015 highlights the cross border nature of this ongoing battle.

This footage includes shots of Cameroonian troops engaging Boko Haram in Fotokol and Amchide; shots of civilians fleeing the fighting; shots of dead civilians killed by Boko Haram; an interview with a survivor of the Fotokol massacre; and shots of the river separating Nigeria and Cameroon near Fotokol.

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Iraqi special forces patrol around Sa...
Samarra - Qulah Road, Samarra,Iraq
By mushtaq mohammed
27 Jan 2015

Iraqi special forces soldiers and popular troops from 9th Division, lead by General Neemat Jawdat Al Ankushi, patrol in the area of Samerra, Iraq, on January 22, 2015 just after villages of this area have been liberated from Daech or ISIS militants.

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Volunteers Upgrade Ukrainian Tanks, S...
Sloviansk
By Andrey Samerkhanov
07 Sep 2014

Date: September 8, 2014
Location: Sloviansk, Ukraine
Length: 3:51

When a shaped charge penetrates the armour of a vehicle, there is a massive build-up of heat that burns through the armour and threatens to kill the crew. Shaped charge protection prevents the round penetrating the vehicle armour and triggers the explosion outside the vehicle, in which case, the vehicle is likely to remain combat ready. A resident of Vinnitsa Oblast, Leonid, organized a team of volunteer welders after seeing his fellow countrymen die in conflict. He lead the team to Sloviansk where they are installing shaped charge protection onto Ukrainian combat vehicles.

Myroslav Gai from Kiev served in the National Guard of Ukraine as a volunteer and took part in the ground action in Sloviansk. After being rotated out, he organised a charity to provide aid to servicemen and refugees. Donations from people around the region have been used to buy the necessary materials for Leonid’s team of welders to manufacture and mount the shaped charge protection. Myroslav and Leonid’s objective is to equip 100 armoured vehicles with the potentially life-saving cage.

Shotlist:
A craftsman cuts the metal bars.
A craftsman takes measurements for the protective screens.
Craftsmen welding.
A craftsman demonstrates the mechanical window in the shaped charge protection.
Craftsmen assemble the shaped charge protection screen.
Craftsmen install the shaped charge protection.

SOUNDBITE 1
Myroslav, former National Guard serviceman
“The shaped charge protection screen. In simple terms – it is a metal cage encircling the armoured vehicle, which traps the charge, for example a rocket from a RPG (handheld launcher).”

“An incoming RPG charge explodes and burns out between the cage and main armour. The crew, therefore, survives.”

SOUNDBITE 2
Leonid, professional welder
“After losing some of our fellow countrymen, who burned alive because shaped charges hit their armoured vehicles, we decided to create a shaped charge protection. We did all the designing, manufacturing and testing. The live fire test revealed that the armour on the vehicle stays intact.”

SOUNDBITE 3
Myroslav, former National Guard serviceman
“The main thing is that these folks can install the protection in the field. There are not many people who would agree to go to a military base, where military action could start at any time.”

SOUNDBITE 4
Leonid, professional welder
“Every protective cage is being welded independently, after which they are all put together and bolted as a single structure. Afterwards, they are welded strongly to the armoured vehicle.”

SOUNDBITE 5
Myroslav, former National Guard serviceman
“Our target is to fix the protection to as many armoured vehicles as possible, since the Ukrainian army has only a limited quantity of such vehicles and those get destroyed in combat, along with the people in them.”

SOUNDBITE 6
Leonid, professional welder
“In a very short period of time we installed the protection onto seven armoured vehicles. At the same time, we install protective screens and repair the vehicles damaged in action.”

SOUNDBITE 7
Myroslav, former National Guard serviceman
“We have managed to collect significant amounts of money through donations. Only the materials used in manufacturing the protection for one vehicle is 24,000 UAH. Leonid thanks God and will take money only to reimburse the materials. The real costs are paying craftsmen’s hours and transportation, which we can’t afford. Therefore, their assistance is appreciated.”

SOUNDBITE 8
Leonid, professional welder
“I receive many text messages from the army unit for which we installed the protection screens. As a rule, I receive them at night. In the morning, my phone is bursting with the phone calls: ‘Thank you so much, uncle Lyonya. We got entrapped and shelled, but all are alive.’ Such gratitude is the most valuable thing I ever encountered in my life.”

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The Talisman
Krasny Partizan
By Andrey Samerkhanov
07 Sep 2014

Date: September 7, 2014
Location: Krasny Partizan near Horlivka, Ukraine
Length: 2:06
Ukrainian volunteers supply National Guards and the Ukrainian Army with all necessary equipment – they collect money for medical supplies, kevlar helmets, body armors, etc.. The equipment is then delivered to the troops on the front line.
Ukrainian soldiers also receive support letters from children from all over the country.
Each envelope also contains a talisman; the Swallow in the colors of the national flag of Ukraine.

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Provincial Elections in Kurdistan
By Stefanos
28 Apr 2014

Provincial Elections in Kurdistan 28/4/14 (only special forces voting)

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The Frontline of Kiev 44
Kiev, Ukraine
By Daniel Van Moll
05 Feb 2014

Riot police in front of the barricades on Hrushevskoho Street guarding the way to the Cabinet of Ministers, with Berkut special forces in the background.

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The Frontline of Kiev 30
Kiev, Ukraine
By Daniel Van Moll
05 Feb 2014

Riot police in front of the barricades on occupied Hrushevskoho Street guarding the way to the Cabinet of Ministers with members of the special unit Berkut observing the demonstration of priests and mothers.

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View of Afghanistan
Uruzgan, Afghanistan
By U.S. Editor
19 May 2013

Children, Agriculture & Military Forces in Afghanistan

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Sergey Abgorian
Yereven
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
22 Feb 2012

Sergey Abgorian is an Armenian veteran who fought in the Red Army against the Germans on the Russian front during WWII.

"Chechen fighters placed two captured Russian soldiers into a small ravine as a trick and to ambush my rescue party," he said. "As we arrived to save them, the Chechens were waiting for us and started shooting. A bullet went right through my hair, and I felt it."

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Per Mortensen
Copenhagen
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
15 Feb 2012

Per Mortensen fought during WWII in Denmark against the German occupier as part of a partisan outfit.

"In June 1943 my cousin was captured by the Danish police, so a few hours later I decided to join BOPA," he said. "My cousin was put to jail for a while, but because he acted like a crazy person he was sent later to a hospital. In October, I arranged for his escape."

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Agim Karajozi
Flushing, NY
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
14 Feb 2012

Agim Karajozi is a Albanian WWII veteran who fought in his country as part of a partisan outfit against the Italian and German army.

"By the fall 1942, I joined Balli Kombetar brigade," he said. "Some of my family members made me realize what the Communists were really up to in my country, so I decided to fight against them."

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Otar Gogiashvili
Tiblisi
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
13 Feb 2012

Otar Gogiashvili is a WWII veteran from the Republic of Georgia who fought with the Red Army on the Russian front against the German invader.

"For over 12 hours the Germans bombed us with Stukas planes, while we were directing artillery fire at German positions," he said. "After my CO left, a Stuka bomb landed on my position, killing everyone except myself."

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Atsushi Hamato
Tokyo
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
13 Feb 2012

Atsushi Hamato fought in the Japanese Imperial army during WWII against American forces. Hamato fought in the battle of the Philippines as a company commander.

"We fought for honor and our country against the American invaders," he said.

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Hans von Vultejus
Ry
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
13 Feb 2012

Hans von Vultejus fought with the German army in Western Europe against the invading Anglo Saxon armies.

"I was given a Waffen SS uniform," he said. "However, I refused to get my blood type tattooed as was common practice in the SS. While waiting in line, I moved discretely to the already tattooed line so I was never tattooed."