Dear friends, in May 1945 the 409th Infantry regiment came von Germany to Austria, in April 1946 I was born. I know, that my father was an American soldier, I habe never seen him, I want to communicate with him. Can you help me? My mother, ANNA NEUNER, was working at the post-office in SCHARNITZ.
I found the following report from H.K.Brown WWII 1944 -1945 Diary: We headed further south into the area of Oberammergau, Garmish-Partenkirchen, Mittenwald and Seefeld. This was the winter sports area of Germany and the heart of its highest mountains. There was plenty of snow everywhere. Soon we were watching many human skeletons standing by the road in striped pajamas. Everyone was ordered not to feed them anything since the medics would care for them. Finally we came to the last turn overlooking the Inn Valley of Austria
The 409th Infantry Regiment led the way down the narrow pass to Innsbruck. There were brisk firefights at Mittenwald and Scharnitz, with the latter being cleared on May 1, 1945. There were still obstacles to the capture of Innsbruck not the least of which was determining who had the authority to surrender the city and negotiating with them. This all took time. On May 2nd, the 411th assembled in Mittenwald, Sharnitz and Farchant. On May 3rd, the surrender of Innsbruck was finally negotiated but it still was not clear whether it would stick since the German negotiator had been stripped of his military authority by Field Marshal Albert Kesselring on May 2nd.