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STATE OF nt n -
COUNTY OF '-J? i m\ o QOn^
Before me the undersigned authority in and for said state and county
personally appeared Robert E. Cobb who is known to me and who after
being duly sworn, deposes and says:
I am Robert E. Cobb and was troop commander of Troop B\of the 92nd
Calvary Reconnaissance Squadron, (Mechanized), of the 12th Armored
Division of the United States Army. I was in Landsberg, Germany. My re-
collection of a concentration camp near Landsberg is that in the latter
part ,pf April 1945, I saw a large number of bodies that were mostly
unclothed and had been thrown into a coal car, a box car , and I believe,
on a flat car. I saw no guards and talked with no civilians. I was
only there for a few minutes as we had to move on.
Quoting from the Squadron History of the 92nd Calvary Reconnaissnace
Squadron, (Mechanized), and particularly from the part/'History of F
Troop from December 1st to V-E Day".
"The 1st Platoon operating with Baker Troop captured three bridges
across the Wertach River near Hiltenfingen. Moving forward once more,
we found that.all bridges over the Lech had been sprung (blown) by the
retreating enemy. Crossing by a railroad bridge, together with the 116th
Calvary, we arrived at a Landsberg concentration camp. There we saw
with our own eyes the murder which had been inflicted upon human beings
whose only crime was not believing as the Nazi's did."
In the same history I note that Troop B was "instrumental in freeing
thousands of prisoners from a large concentration camp, near Landsberg.
Ellery A. Likens was the Troop Commander".
Also the afternoon of April 27th, 1945, "The 1st Platoon (of Troop D)
received the mission of guarding a concentration camp near Landsberg
which had been liberated by another troop of the Squadron". William
D. Bartholomew was the troop commander. --
Robert E. Cobb
Sworn .to and subscribed before me on this the / Q day of 1986
t i^Or\ x ^rvoiOn 1
NOTARY PUBLIC, State of Florida At Ur;2.
My commission expires Ml Cemir'ss:on Fxpires October 8, 1987.
STATE OF Minnesota
COUNTY OF Carlton
Before me, the undersigned authority in and for said state and county, personally
appeared Ed Granland who is known to me and who after being duly sworn deposed and says
■ I am Ed Granland and during World War II was a member of the United States Army,
bei g a maintenance man in Company B, 43rd Tank Battalion of the 12th Armored Dms^n.
In the latter part of April 1945 John Wood and L being maintenance men of Company
I llrd Tank Battalion, were in the last vehicle, the half-trudc of Company B when
—i mm One^claime^that BM ■■■■■!
at the same time we talked to some civilians. They lived within a mile of the camp.
They denied knowing anything that was going on, even with the strong smell of human
flesh. This was the worst day of the war for me.
i h,d some pictures taken by someone in the company but I don't remember who. Also
Andy Mi gal alight be able to tell you more of what happened during that time.
Sworn to and, subscribed before me on this the 7 -daV of^±£2L±i1985
Kc:.i:v r £■
My commission expires
. • • •, Co.. Minn.
•J Jon. 13. LT.
For many years I have not wished to describe the ..one.-scene that I witnessed In World War II
near Landsberg, Germany on April 2 7,19U$ •J ''After reading articles from public At Ions coming
from Germany and of the disbelief of many_young people, from oyer there - thinking that this
was a fabrication that happened over^QO years ago, I thought It wise to tell of my experiences
'Lest We Forget'•
I was a corporal In charge of telephone communications between the firing batteries and
headquarters battery. Joe Masl of New York was my driver (Can't locate him). Ed Moore of
New Jersey was our #1 linesman and Ed & I were both fortunate enough to receive no Injuries
of serious nature during combat. I could write stories about some of the close calls, tho.
We both did receive Bronze Star Medals for gallantry In action. (Now the story of Landsberg)
World war II was beginning to go our way and our drives were moving fast. The so-called
SUPER MEN were surrendering, towns were flying white flags, resistance was concentrated, but
spotty. Joe Masl and I were driving south from the Dllllgen bridgehead which the 12th Armored
Division had captured Intact. This bridge was the last remaining bridge over the Danube and
permitted all troops later to cross Into southern Germany.
We were attached to the 32th A. D. Combat Command "A" and had pulled off the road for a brief
rest period. Joe Mas! and I noticed about a 100 yards from where we parked our 3/h ton truck,
a camp that was wire-fenced and barbed wire topped that appeared to us as a prisoner of war
camp. We grabbed our rifles and both rushed to the compound, much to our horror we witnessed
the worst sight that I had ever seen In my life. We were the first two 12th A.F.A. soldiers
to enter this camp. As we stood staring In disbelief, I told Joe "noone back home would ever
believe this". I had a pocket Kodak camera in my jacket and I took U or $ quick snapshots.
We saw as we entered the open gates, two rows of bodies lying In the gutters on each side of a
driveway going into the camp. Off to the right of the main drive were burning bodies that had
been locked into long A-frame pig-sty type buildings. I imagine these people died of fire or
suffDcatlon or starvation. The Nazis had fled prior to our arrival and had no time to destroy
the evidence to this brutality. All the bodies were just skin and bones, probably all leas
than 100 lbs. and too weak to resist. Going further Into the camp we saw a rall-slding and
three flat cars heaped with emaciated-naked bodies that had been dead several days. The
stench was terrible, especially the burning corpses. We could see also, three other buildings,
one appeared to be the guards quarters, one had a large sign from the outside that read
"Verboten - Contagious" and I don't know what the other was for. We didn't want to go into
any buildings for fear of booby traps. Shortly after we entered the camp we were rushed by
a few survivors that fell on the ground in front of us and kissed our trousers. I've never
felt the compassion that I did that day for an oppressed people. These were mostly Jewish
people from Poland, that Hitler vowed to eliminate. In talking to the few survivors, In my
limited German, I learned that all they had to eat for the past several weeks was rotten
potato soup. They aleo said the ones locked Into the burning A-frame structures were told
If they tried to get out they would be shot.
Joe & I had to return to our truck as our march was to continue. We gave all the food we had
to the survivors (mostly K rations), radioed Bn. Hdqrs. of what we had witnessed and moved out.
I'm sure others witnessed this scene later and could tell you more of what they saw. I will
send you the pictures I have. Several of the photos I gave to Sgt. Weinman later and they
were published In the 12th Armored Dlv. History Book. I still have four negatives, but they
are very faded. I probably will donate them to the Camp Campbell Museum or Patton Museum,
along with my camera. You might be Interested to know, along with a P-38 booty that I brought
back — I have a very large Nazi flag that I was told by a German, had flown over'the Nurnberg
Ken, I hope this will be some help to the people that plan a Landsberg Museum.
A. G. "Pete" Bramble
$981 E. River Road
EalrfJL eld..Ohio, U$Gllj U.S.A.
P.S. Sketch enclosed, as I can remember the camp construction. 513-o58-2U60
A. C. BRAMBLE
5981 E. RIVER ROAD
FAIRFIELD, OHIO ,
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