Billing, Günther, born on 09-04-1923, in Naumburg/Saale, son of the manufacturer of woolen goods Herbert Arno Billing, and Louise Louise Auguste Friederike Billing, born Steinbach, started his career in the Navy in January 1940 He became a soldier in the Wehrmacht and set up in Operation Greif. Operation Greif was a special false flag operation commanded by Waffen SS commander SS Obersturmbannführer , Otto Skorzeny, Skorzeny died age 67, on 05-07-1975), during the Battle of the Bulge. The Operation Greif or Griffin was the brainchild of Adolf Hitler (did you know) (see Alois)
(see William Hitler)
, and its purpose was to capture one or more of the bridges over the Meuse river before they could be destroyed. German soldiers in captured US Army uniforms and using some US vehicles were to cause confusion in the rear of the Allied lines. It’s interesting to know that the plans of Operation Greif were captured on 16-12-1944, the first day of the Ardennes Offensive by 1st Lieutenant William V Shakespeare of the 1st Company of the 424th Infantry Regiment in the 106th Division under command of Oberst Rintenberg, In Heckhulscheid, near Sankt Vith, he captured a Hauptmann of the 116th Panzer Division “der Windhund” under command of Generalmajor Siegfried von Waldenburg , he was carrying a bag with the plans and maps. General von Waldenurg died 27-03-1973, age 74. The bag was sent to Section 2 of the division and the VIII Corps and the First Army were informed soon. Skorzeny’s plans were doomed to fail. A lack of vehicles, uniforms and equipment limited the operation and it never achieved its original aim of securing the Meuse bridges. On 14 December the 150th Panzerbrigade was assembled near Münstereifel and on the afternoon of 16 December it moved out, advancing behind the three attacking Panzer divisions, the 1st SS Panzer Division under SS Oberstgruppenführer, Josef “Sepp” Dietrich, the 12th SS Panzer Division under SS Obergruppenfüher, Kurt “Panzer” Meyer
and the 12th Volksgrenadier Division under Generalleutnant der Infanterie, Gerhard Engel,
with the aim of moving around them when they reached the Hohes Venn. However, when the 1st SS Panzer Division failed to reach the start point within two days Skorzeny realized that Operation Greif’s initial aims were now doomed. So great was the confusion caused by Operation Greif that the US Army saw spies and saboteurs everywhere. Perhaps the largest panic was created when a commando team was captured near Awaille on 17-12-1944. Comprising Unteroffizier, Manfred Pernass,
he was the driver of the jeep, Oberfähnrich, Günther Billing, and Gefreiter, Wilhelm Schmidt
they were captured when they failed to give the correct password. They had Id cards with the following names ‘Charles W. Lawrence’, ‘Clarence van der Wert’ en ‘George Sensenbach’ but Pernass, Billing, and Schmidt were given a military trial at Henri Chapelle, sentenced to death, and executed by a firing squad on 23-12-1944. Captain J. Eiser (medic) of the 633th Medical Clearing Station pinned the white target patches on their chests, Schmidt’s glasses were taken off before he was shot and fanatic Billing shouted “Long live our Führer Adolf Hitler” at the moment suprime.
See the original film of the execution of Billing, Pernass and Schmidt in the Henry Chapelle, US forces headquarter.
Death and burial ground of Billing, Günther