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Chapter 7: The End of the Indian Legion and Captivity
Selected targets in the town of Sonthofen were attacked by Allied aircraft on 29th April and the raid resulted in severe damage to about 70% of the buildings in the town centre. The railway station, a hospital, St Michael’s Church and the local brewery were all badly hit, but the NS-Ordensburg (National-Socialist Leadership Academy) on the southern outskirts of the town escaped the falling bombs. However, one of the four members of the Indian Legion buried in the town’s war cemetery, SS-Rottenführer Arul Dass, has a marker stone which records 30th April 1945 as his date of death, so it is possible that he fell victim to the Allied air raid on the previous day.
The grave marker of SS-Rottenführer Arul Dass in Grave Area 2 of the Kriegsgräberstätte (War Cemetery) in Sonthofen, Germany. (Uwe Brendler)
What others say about the book:
"a most valuable and timely contribution to the literature of the war ... does much to redress the tabloid version of the Second World War the world has accepted"
Mihir Bose, Author, Journalist, Broadcaster, former BBC Edito and Biographer of Subhas Chandra Bose.
"A priori we never really know what will lead to success: When all is said and done, the attempt to set up an Indian Legion certainly seemed a worthwhile effort for the Indian side and, for probably other reasons, for the various German actors, as well. I sincerely hope that this book will be of interest to many people concerned with the topic of Indo-German relations in a historic perspective and with this little-known part of British colonial history. "
Prof. Dr. Anita B. Pfaff, daughter of
Subhas Chandra Bose.