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#1 homefront41

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Posted 06 July 2003 - 11:54 AM

About a year ago, the following article appeared in Stars and Stripes:

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by Andy Dunaway / Stars and Stripes

CAMP GREAVES ó When U.S. soldiers pressed into Hitlerís mountain hideaway near the end of World War II, they found jewels beyond comprehension.

Hitlerís grounds in Berchtesgarden on the Austria and Germany border were rife with liquor, fancy cars and weapons.

Allied soldiers ó including the French and British ó were both clamoring to be the first inside his lair.

It was Easy Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment ó part of the 101st Airborne Division ó who made it there first and plundered the spoils, sampling Hitlerís stash of food and booze. That same unit, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry, has been stationed in South Korea since 1987 along the Demilitarized Zone.

Easy Companyís trials, which included D-Day action and bursting into Hitlerís home, are the subject of a 10-part HBO miniseries produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. Based on the book Band of Brothers by Stephen E. Ambrose, the series has been broadcast the last two months in the United States and will be shown on American Forces Network on Nov. 12.

The recipe ...
In the true boozing spirit that followed Easy Companyís romp through Hitlerís house, a celebratory recipe was created for the Sink Grail, a trophy crafted by the unitís soldiers. The silver trophy cup was made of melted goblets and flatware from Hitlerís private dining room. The recipe comes from an old memo published at Fort Campbell, at one time home of the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment headquarters.

Recipe for the Sink Grail

1. One bottle of pure moonshine from the hills of Northeast Georgia near Camp Toccoa, the birthplace of the regiment.

2. Two bottles of Calvados from the historic wine cellars of Normandy.

3. One bottle of swamp water wrung from Col. Sinkís socks after dropping into the swamps of the River Douve, behind the beach of Normandy.

4. One rusty can of Bom-e-Bom beer.

5. One bottle of Belgian white wine mixed with a beer of dubious descent from a house near Bastogne.

6. Two bottle of sekt from Hitlerís cellars on the Ober Salzberg.

7. One bottle of French champagne strained through a black silk stocking and funneled through a toeless black spike-heeled shoe.

8. Brandy from the hip flask of Wehrmacht General Tolsdorff, captured at Bad Gesten, Austria.

9. One bottle of Absorbine Jr., left over from the latest 25-mile road march.

ó Jeremy Kirk

But missing from Ambroseís book is how soldiers fashioned a lasting memorial to their wartime successes, a prize that remains in South Korea today with the unitís descendants.

Berchtesgarden, Ambrose writes, was a center for top-ranking Nazis, and many had homes in the area to be closer to Hitler. The area was full of war loot, including massive wine collections, art treasures, gold and money, Ambrose wrote.

Under the guidance of Col. Robert Sink, the companyís men encountered little German resistance and entered what Ambrose describes as a "fairy-tale land" with snow-capped mountains. Many of Hitlerís service people and soldiers still occupied the buildings but didnít oppose the soldiers.

What proceeded next was an orgy of looting that saw soldiers take Hitlerís photo albums, guns, and luxury cars used by Nazi commanders.

From Hitlerís private dining room, soldiers took silver goblets and flatware and part of a table leg. They melted the goblets and crafted a trophy, commemorating the unitís activation.

The trophyís handles are from a regiment T-7 parachute. Mounted on the front are Sinkís original jump wings. Sink graduated from West Point in 1927 and commanded the unit until the 101st was deactivated in 1945 in France.

The trophy, known as the "Sink Grail," remains at Camp Greaves with the infantrymen who carry on the unitís legacy.

"This is like our most prized possession," said Maj. Thomas E. Hiebert, battalion executive officer. "Itís pretty special."

Hiebert has the receipt from when the trophy was sent from the museum at Fort Campbell, Ky., in 1987. While the Sink Grail has remained in the battalionís careful hands over the years, Hiebert said plans are under way to display it in a case in one of the campís renovated dining halls.

Maj. Tom Hiebert holds the "Sink Grail." [Stars 'n Stripes photo]

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#2 homefront41

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Posted 06 July 2003 - 12:02 PM

The Sink Grail made its appearance late Saturday afternoon, I believe. At least that's when I first glimpsed it. Everyone had to have a close-up look at it. Until I'd read that S&S article above, I hadn't known anything about it. It's a fabulous piece of history and isn't available readily, so it was a great honor for me to get to see it. It was obvious the kids felt the same way.

Here we have Lana Luz Miller (George's daughter), Mrs. Walter L. Moore, Chris Langlois (Gene Roe's grandson), Scott Gordon (Smokey's son), Paula Dwyer (Paul Rogers daughter), Tracy Goff (Smokey's daughter) and Tom Lipton (Carwood's son) along with the Sink Grail.

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#3 STRIKEHOLD

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Posted 06 July 2003 - 01:47 PM

BK,

Very cool!

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#4 mattmc89

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Posted 15 January 2004 - 09:14 AM

Thats SO awesome! Thanks!

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#5 Bart

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Posted 15 January 2004 - 09:46 AM

Dear BK,

I've already written it to you in a PM.

But after reading this, I have to say it again: these "Virtual Scrapbook" stories kept me from working all day long. Fantastic stuff!

Edited by Bart, 15 January 2004 - 09:54 AM.


#6 Bart

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Posted 15 January 2004 - 09:52 AM

Recipe for the Sink Grail


8. Brandy from the hip flask of Wehrmacht General Tolsdorff, captured at Bad Gesten, Austria.

By the way... this Tolsdorff, is he by any chance the general portrayed in BoB, who spoke to and thanked his soldiers before surrendering????


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Posted 15 January 2004 - 10:22 AM

By the way... this Tolsdorff, is he by any chance the general portrayed in BoB, who spoke to and thanked his soldiers before surrendering????


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I might be off here, but I think this is Lt General Tolsdorf 'The Mad' that Col Sink talked into surrendering. He was a very well known German general, known for doing lone patrols into enemy-held territory. In the book, they describe the negotiations between the two and it almost didn't happen. I don't think the surrender in the movie was his.

Please correct me if I have the wrong General.

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#8 Bart

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Posted 15 January 2004 - 10:25 AM

Please correct me if I have the wrong General.

I think that I was the one who was incorrect here. You're probably right. What book are you refering to... BOB?

Edited by Bart, 15 January 2004 - 10:26 AM.


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Posted 15 January 2004 - 10:46 AM

I think the General in the production was generic, but was inspired by Tolsdorf.

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Posted 15 January 2004 - 01:03 PM

Yes, Tolsdorf was a younger guy. The general in the speech scene is a generic general, because he's making a generic speech.

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Posted 19 May 2004 - 10:01 AM

The Sink Grail and Stanley Cup, two very valuable and inspirational pieces of hardware.

#12 Jiggersfromsphilly

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 03:17 PM

Bump For Bourbon Bob!




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