World War One and Two Memorial at Church in Tuebingen/Hagelloch

Pictures and text by Mark R. Hatlie

These pictures were taken on 28 January, 2006 in Hagelloch, a village which is officially part of the nearby university town of Tuebingen.

The church is located right in the center of town. The memorial is right in front, on street level.
You can't see it from the church; you have to walk by in front or view it from the other side of the street.
The wreath is from the city of Tuebingen. The bronze plaque on the left lists the fallen from World War One.
They are listed in the order that they fell, by date.
The dead from the Second World War are engraved into the stone wall. They are in alphabetical order under each year.
The distribution of military fatalities is typical for Germany as a whole. There were no dead from from 1939, one in 1940. The Schneck clan lost five in 1941-1943...
...six in 1944...
and three in 1945. But the 1945 death toll for the village as a whole was 27, compared with 35 for the other five years of war. The average death rate was thus a little under .53 per month through 1944, and over five per month in 1945 - ten times as high.
In the corner of the nearby municipal cemetery there are three graves of men who fell in 1945. The crosses are typical for German military cemeteries.
The list the name as well as dates of birth and death.
There is also this tombstone of a man who died in World War One.
He was a 21-year-old lieutenant in the artillery reserves when he "died for the Fatherland". The emblem at the top of the tombstone probably indicates that he was a pilot.

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