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Witness to War 1917 – 1923: Commandant Séamus Hennessy
by Colin Hennessy


Pala Hayes from Cloneyogan, a close neighbour of Séamus’s, emigrated to the United States and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He wrote an undated letter to Séamus sometime after. With it he included a Nazi breast eagle, or wehremachtsadler, a souvenir of his time in Germany at the end of the war in May 1945:



This was worn by “Hitler” on his air cone (Corp) uniform. I found one of his uniforms when I went to see his hide out in Berchtesgaden. You should see the homes he, Göring and Bormann had ten miles up in the Bavarian Alps. They had 23 miles of tunnels and rooms where they kept all the loot they stole from the countries they conquered, before the Yanks came over and beat hell out of them.

I sure hope you will like this souvenir. You can show it to all my old pals and tell them, you fellows who were in the Rineen ambush would have one hell of a time if you tried to capture Hitler’s hideout; it is called the Eagles Nest.

Bye old Pal

The Best of luck
To you and yours

As ever



Witness to War 1917-1923 - Commandant Seamus Hennessy