The Paul McIlvaine Collection - WWII Short Snorters - Luxembourg
The Short Snorter Project
Series: 1943 - Serial Number: B047671

Cpl. Bill Wasiniak
Co. A  308 Engr Bn.
A.P.O. #83   c/o P.M.
New York, N.Y.
November 1944
At 4:35 AM on May 10, 1940, German troops invaded Luxembourg.  They did not encounter any significant resistance,
since the Luxembourgish Volunteer Corps stayed in their barracks. The capital city was occupied before noon. By
evening, the whole country, (with the exception of the south), was occupied by German forces. More than 90,000
civilians were evacuated:  47,000 fled to France, and 45,000 fled into the central and northern part of Luxembourg.
The royal family and the government fled to France and Portugal, later to the United Kingdom. The only official
representative left behind was Albert Wehrer, head of a governmental commission as well as the 41 deputies.
Luxembourg was liberated by Allied forces in September 1944. They entered the capital city on September 10 1944.
The Germans retreated without combat. During the Battle of the Bulge, the northern part of the country was once again
occupied by the German forces. In March 1945, the Allied forces liberated the country for the second time. The
destruction in this part of the country was enormous.