Captain Earl Topley looking at a German soldier who had killed three of his men before his own death, Cherbourg, France, 27 Jun 1944

Caption   Captain Earl Topley looking at a German soldier who had killed three of his men before his own death, Cherbourg, France, 27 Jun 1944
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  1. Anonymous says:
    10 Oct 2008 05:22:57 AM

    Rest in peace!!!!
  2. Travis Gershaneck says:
    27 Jun 2010 09:22:11 PM

    I wonder if he was caught sleeping..
  3. Paul L James says:
    27 Jun 2010 09:41:11 PM

    Capt. Earl Topley, who led one of the first outfits into Cherbourg, standing over a dead German soldier, one of "last stand" defenders of the German-held city & who Topley held responsible for killing 3 of his boys. 27th June 1944.
  4. Rafael J. Azanza says:
    28 Jun 2010 03:38:11 AM

    He's a dead NAZI soldier. No tears.
  5. Alan Chanter says:
    28 Jun 2010 04:28:11 AM

    He was still someone's Son, Father, Brother or Husband who paid the ultimate price doing his duty for his Country. Show some respect, Moron.
  6. Ken Lang says:
    28 Jun 2010 09:14:11 AM

    In the end, troops don't fight and die for mother, country and vague ideals. They do it for that other poor SOB standing along side of them.
  7. hal dudash says:
    28 Jun 2011 09:42:51 AM

    I don't know why someone would assume you are making fun of a soldier and death.
    I think we need to show more of these - perhaps we won't enter into war so quickly.
  8. Bill says:
    16 Sep 2011 09:46:09 PM

    VICTIS HONOR:

    HONOR THE VANQUISHED. POLITICIANS SPEAK OF HONOR AND COURAGE, AND ITS ALWAYS THE BRAVE
    ONES WHO DIE, THE SOLDIERS...
  9. Bill says:
    17 Sep 2011 10:40:10 AM

    "IF YOU HAVE SEEN ONE DAY OF WAR, YOU PRAY TO GOD THAT YOU WOULD NEVER SEE ANOTHER"

    WHO'S SON, BROTHER, FATHER, UNCLE, HUSBAND?
  10. Bing says:
    18 Nov 2011 03:19:13 AM

    If your family experienced members - civilians- brutally killed by soldiers like that, you do not shed a tear for them. My family did, several aunts and uncles of mine. Iam a Senior, and I say there were soldiers on the good side and soldiers on the evil side. That was not just any war, there really were good guys and bad guys in that war. No tears for that guy.
  11. Kilo FAR says:
    3 Dec 2013 05:23:10 PM

    He was following orders u moron.
  12. PM says:
    27 Jun 2014 04:56:43 PM

    You're so right Alan!
  13. Anonymous says:
    27 Jun 2014 07:19:24 PM

    Rest in peace brother, you did your job well...
  14. Anonymous says:
    28 Jun 2014 04:42:45 AM

    Some people appear to know that this soldier was a member of NSDAP?
  15. Anonymous says:
    28 Jun 2014 07:07:07 PM

    Ah, regardless of his affiliation with the NSDAP, he sure as hell was defending the NSDAP.
  16. Charles Phillips says:
    30 Sep 2014 11:31:05 PM

    Earl Topley was my grandfather, he was in his 40's when he went in a non-drinker. I remember him as a binge functional drinker who had to drink himself to sleep at times. War is never pretty. His men were having to deal with German children shooting at them. He endured much, I miss him.

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