Herbert Drossler, born Nov. 24, 1925 in Thuringen, Germany. At the age of 17 he was drafted into the German army, serving under Rommel in the 21st Panzer Division. He was stationed in France and fought in defensive action during the Normandy invasion. He saw fierce combat in Tilly-sur-Seulles and was finally captured by the Americans in August 1944. Initially he was in a prisoner-of-war camp in Audrieux, but then was moved to a local farm near Caen. He continued to work there for five years because his German hometown was occupied by the Russians. He didn't return to Germany until 1980, and then only to visit. He became a French citizen in 1961.
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