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Obergefreiter Henry Metelmann (deceased)

Heinrich Friedrich Carl Metelmann was born on Christmas Day 1922 into a working-class family in Altona, an industrial town near Hamburg. His father, an unskilled railway worker, was a socialist. When Heinrich was 11, his Christian youth group was subsumed into the Hitler Youth, of which he was soon an enthusiastic member. Called up in 1941 when he reached 18, Henry Metelmann was posted to join the 22nd Panzer Division and was in training as Operation Barbarossa commenced in June. Shortly after the Division was sent to the Crimea for the winter of 1941 as part of Mannesteins 11th Army, fighting the first of many tank battles in the early spring of 1942. He took part in the push to the River V, and the approach to Stalingrad. But as they advanced the 1,000 miles towards Stalingrad, Metelmann who spoke a little Russian got to know some of the people whose homes he occupied: I fell in love with a Russian girl, although nothing ever came of it, and for the first time I began to doubt our racial superiority. How could I be better than her? His unit was nearly destroyed in the Russian pincer movement at Stalingrad in November 1942, and Metelmann only narrowly avoided being captured. Yet the reversal of the Wehrmacht's fortunes did not lead him to disobey orders. Wounded, he spent time in hospital before rejoining his unit for the Battle of Stalingrad. Detached from his unit during the chaos of the fighting, he walked west for days before crossing back into the German lines. Wounded again, he was captured while defending a small town on the Rhine. but escaped, and in early 1945 was sent to join a Panzer unit in the West defending the Rhine from the advancing US army under General Patton. Taken prisoner, Metelmann was shipped to America, where his turning point came en route to a prison camp in Arizona, when he picked up a magazine showing pictures of the piles of corpses and walking corpses at the newly liberated concentration camps. Metelmann had swallowed Nazi propaganda that the camps were merely places where unsocial elements were made to do a hard day' work. At first I said to my mates: 'Look, just because we lost the war, they blame us for everything.' But when he studied the pictures more closely he realised that they were not fabrications. Later Metelmann was transferred to England, where he remained a PoW until 1948, working as a farm labourer in Hampshire. By the time he returned to Germany, his parents were dead (his mother from Allied bombing). After just four weeks he returned to the farm in Hampshire, where was given his old job back. Later he took a job as a railway signalman and, on his retirement in 1987, Charterhouse offered him a job as groundsman. While several of Metelmann's old army comrades committed suicide, Metelmann joined the Communist Party and CND and became a committed peace activist. In the 1960s he protested against the Vietnam War. In recent years he attended all the Stop the War marches against the invasion of Iraq and protested against the American bombing of Afghanistan. Henry Metelmann died on July 24th 2011.

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 Sturmgeschutz IIIF of Stug Battalion Grossdeutschland, and supporting infantry from GD Regiment 1 battle against Soviet forces defending the strategically important city of Voronezh on the Don. Combined arms operations such as this proved the value ......
Assault on Voronezh, Russia, 2nd - 7th July 1942 by David Pentland. (F)
Price : £120.00
Sturmgeschutz IIIF of Stug Battalion Grossdeutschland, and supporting infantry from GD Regiment 1 battle against Soviet forces defending the strategically important city of Voronezh on the Don. Combined arms operations such as this proved the value ......

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 As allied forces pressed inland towards Caen, the 21st panzer Division launched a counterattack along a narrow three mile corridor between the Canadians on Juno beach and the British on Sword. the charge led by fifty tanks of 22nd panzer regiment an......
Dash to the Sea, November 1944 by David Pentland. (E)
Price : £120.00
As allied forces pressed inland towards Caen, the 21st panzer Division launched a counterattack along a narrow three mile corridor between the Canadians on Juno beach and the British on Sword. the charge led by fifty tanks of 22nd panzer regiment an......

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 Skillfully led by their mercurial commander, SS-Hauptsturmfuhrer Michael Wittmann, the Tiger Tanks of s.SS-Pz. Abt. 101 blaze through a shattered French village in the days following D-Day, June, 1944. Their destination - Normandy! ......Holding the Line by Richard Taylor.
Price : £110.00
Skillfully led by their mercurial commander, SS-Hauptsturmfuhrer Michael Wittmann, the Tiger Tanks of s.SS-Pz. Abt. 101 blaze through a shattered French village in the days following D-Day, June, 1944. Their destination - Normandy! ......

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 Skillfully led by their mercurial commander, SS-Hauptsturmfuhrer Michael Wittmann, the Tiger Tanks of s.SS-Pz. Abt. 101 blaze through a shattered French village in the days following D-Day, June, 1944. Their destination - Normandy! ......Holding the Line by Richard Taylor. (AP)
Price : £150.00
Skillfully led by their mercurial commander, SS-Hauptsturmfuhrer Michael Wittmann, the Tiger Tanks of s.SS-Pz. Abt. 101 blaze through a shattered French village in the days following D-Day, June, 1944. Their destination - Normandy! ......

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 Skillfully led by their mercurial commander, SS-Hauptsturmfuhrer Michael Wittmann, the Tiger Tanks of s.SS-Pz. Abt. 101 blaze through a shattered French village in the days following D-Day, June, 1944. Their destination - Normandy! ......Holding the Line by Richard Taylor. (B)
Price : £1095.00
Skillfully led by their mercurial commander, SS-Hauptsturmfuhrer Michael Wittmann, the Tiger Tanks of s.SS-Pz. Abt. 101 blaze through a shattered French village in the days following D-Day, June, 1944. Their destination - Normandy! ......

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 The infamous Tiger Tank, one of the the deadliest fighting machines ever built and the most successful tank ace of WWII, Michael Wittmann. Wittmanns Tiger advances towards Beauvais in June 1944 to intercept the advancing British 7th Armoured Divisio......Tiger! Tiger! by Nicolas Trudgian.
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The infamous Tiger Tank, one of the the deadliest fighting machines ever built and the most successful tank ace of WWII, Michael Wittmann. Wittmanns Tiger advances towards Beauvais in June 1944 to intercept the advancing British 7th Armoured Divisio......

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 The infamous Tiger Tank, one of the the deadliest fighting machines ever built and the most successful tank ace of WWII, Michael Wittmann. Wittmanns Tiger advances towards Beauvais in June 1944 to intercept the advancing British 7th Armoured Divisio......Tiger! Tiger! by Nicolas Trudgian. (XX)
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The infamous Tiger Tank, one of the the deadliest fighting machines ever built and the most successful tank ace of WWII, Michael Wittmann. Wittmanns Tiger advances towards Beauvais in June 1944 to intercept the advancing British 7th Armoured Divisio......

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German Tiger Tank Military Art Prints.
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Tigers in Normandy by Nicolas Trudgian.
Tiger! Tiger! by Nicolas Trudgian.
Counter Attack at Villers Bocage by David Pentland. (C)
Tiger at the Gate, Berlin, 30th April 1945 by David Pentland. (B)
Rearm and Resupply by David Pentland.

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Tiger Tank Prints by Nicolas Trudgian.
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Tigers in Normandy by Nicolas Trudgian.
Tiger! Tiger! by Nicolas Trudgian.
Rearm and Resupply by David Pentland.

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Signed German WW2 Normandy Tiger Tank Prints by Richard Taylor and Nicolas Trudgian.
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Holding the Line by Richard Taylor.
Tigers in Normandy by Nicolas Trudgian.
Rearm and Resupply by David Pentland.

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German Tank Art Prints.
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Tiger! Tiger! by Nicolas Trudgian.
Tiger at the Gate, Berlin, 30th April 1945 by David Pentland.
Rearm and Resupply by David Pentland.

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German Tiger Tank Art Prints.
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Tiger! Tiger! by Nicolas Trudgian.
Counter Attack at Villers Bocage by David Pentland.
Rearm and Resupply by David Pentland.

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Special Sale Pack of 5 Prints - 4 FREE!
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Tiger! Tiger! by Nicolas Trudgian.
The Struggle for Malta by Ivan Berryman. (F)
LCT 312 by Ivan Berryman. (D)
Typhoons Over Normandy by Ivan Berryman. (D)
Dinah Might by Ivan Berryman.

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Tiger Tank Military Art Prints.
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Kursk - Clash of Steel by Nicolas Trudgian.
Tiger! Tiger! by Nicolas Trudgian.
Zwieroboj - Animal Hunters - Ponyri Station, Kursk, 7th July 1943 by David Pentland.

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WW2 German Armour Print Pack.
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Tiger! Tiger! by Nicolas Trudgian.
Preparing for the Day, the Reichswald, February 1945 by David Pentland.
The Falaise Gap, Normandy, 12th - 20th August 1944 by David Pentland.

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Pack 844. Pack of two Wittmann Normandy tank prints by David Pentland and Richard Taylor.
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Wittmann at Villers Bocage, Normandy, 0900 hrs, June 13th 1944 by David Pentland. (B)
Holding the Line by Richard Taylor.

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Pack 845. Pack of two Normandy tank prints by David Pentland and Richard Taylor.
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Prepare to Ram, Operation Goodwood, normandy, 18th July 1944 by David Pentland. (D)
Holding the Line by Richard Taylor.

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Pack 846. Pack of two WW2 tank artist proofs by Richard Taylor and David Pentland.
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Wittmann at Villers Bocage, Normandy, 0900 hrs, June 13th 1944 by David Pentland. (APB)
Tiger! Tiger! by Nicolas Trudgian.

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Pack 847. Pack of two Michael Wittmann tank prints by Richard Taylor and David Pentland.
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Counter Attack at Villers Bocage by David Pentland. (C)
Tiger! Tiger! by Nicolas Trudgian.

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Pack 848. Pack of two special tank artworks by David Pentland and Richard Taylor.
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Kampfgruppe Carius by David Pentland. (P)
Holding the Line by Richard Taylor. (B)

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High Pursuit by Ivan Berryman. (C)
In Them We Trust by Ivan Berryman. (D)
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WW2 Normandy German Tank Prints by Richard Taylor and David Pentland.
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Holding the Line by Richard Taylor.
Barkmanns Corner by David Pentland. (C)

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Crew Signed WW2 German Tank Prints by Richard Taylor and David Pentland.
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Holding the Line by Richard Taylor.
Kampfgruppe Peiper by David Pentland. (E)

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Crew Signed WW2 Tiger Tank Prints by Richard Taylor and David Pentland.
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Holding the Line by Richard Taylor.
Counter Attack at Villers Bocage by David Pentland. (C)

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WW2 Normandy German Tank Prints by Richard Taylor and David Pentland.
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Holding the Line by Richard Taylor.
Rommel in Normandy, France, 2nd July 1944 by David Pentland.

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WW2 German Tank Prints by Richard Taylor and David Pentland.
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Holding the Line by Richard Taylor.
Preparing for the Day, the Reichswald, February 1945 by David Pentland.

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German WW2 Tank Prints by Richard Taylor and David Pentland.
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Holding the Line by Richard Taylor.
Barkmanns Stand by David Pentland.

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WW2 Normandy Tank Prints by Richard Taylor and David Pentland.
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Holding the Line by Richard Taylor.
Barkmann by David Pentland.

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WW2 German Panther and Tiger Tank Prints by Richard Taylor and David Pentland.
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Holding the Line by Richard Taylor.
Night Drive to Manhay, Barkmann in the Ardennes, 24th December 1944 by David Pentland.

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Signed WW2 German Normandy Tank Prints by Richard Taylor and David Pentland.
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Holding the Line by Richard Taylor.
Dash to the Sea, November 1944 by David Pentland. (D)

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WW2 Normandy Tank Prints by Richard Taylor and David Pentland.
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Holding the Line by Richard Taylor.
The Death of Wittmann, St Aignan de Cramesnil, France, 8th August 1944 by David Pentland.

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German Normandy Tiger Tank Prints by Richard Taylor and Nicolas Trudgian.
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Holding the Line by Richard Taylor.
Tiger! Tiger! by Nicolas Trudgian.

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Crew Signed Normandy Tiger Tank Prints by Richard Taylor and Nicolas Trudgian.
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Tiger! Tiger! by Nicolas Trudgian.
Tigers in Normandy by Nicolas Trudgian. (D)

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WW2 German Tank Prints by Richard Taylor and David Pentland.
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Tiger! Tiger! by Nicolas Trudgian.
Kampfgruppe Peiper by David Pentland. (AP)

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WW2 German Tank Art Prints by Richard Taylor and David Pentland.
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Tiger! Tiger! by Nicolas Trudgian.
Preparing for the Day, the Reichswald, February 1945 by David Pentland. (AP)

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WW2 Normandy German Tank Prints by Nicolas Trudgian and David Pentland.
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Tiger! Tiger! by Nicolas Trudgian.
Barkmanns Stand by David Pentland. (AP)

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WW2 Normandy German Tank Military Prints by Richard Taylor and David Pentland.
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Tiger! Tiger! by Nicolas Trudgian.
Barkmann by David Pentland. (AP)

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WW2 German Tank Prints by Richard Taylor and David Pentland.
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Tiger! Tiger! by Nicolas Trudgian.
Night Drive to Manhay, Barkmann in the Ardennes, 24th December 1944 by David Pentland. (AP)

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Crew Signed Normandy German Tank Prints by Richard Taylor and David Pentland.
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Tiger! Tiger! by Nicolas Trudgian.
Dash to the Sea, November 1944 by David Pentland. (D)

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Military Gallery Art Prints of Richard Taylor and Nicolas Trudgian.
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Holding the Line by Richard Taylor.
Ardennes Offensive by Nicolas Trudgian.
Ramraiders by Robert Tomlin.

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Obergefreiter Henry Metelmann (deceased)

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