German WW2 soldier found living in forest

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By Doug Trench, Defence Editor

A German WW2 soldier has been found alive and well in a Suffolk forest, still believing there is a war on.

The astonishing discovery was made by a group of primary school children on a nature trail.

They stumbled across Hans Up as he snoozed on a hammock tied between two pine trees in Rendlesham Forest, near Woodbridge.

Herr Up tried to run, but fell out of the hammock with his legs caught in the rope. He sat up, gave a Heil Hitler salute and asked the amazed eight year olds: “How’s it going on the Eastern Front?”

Police were called, together with members of the local Territorial Army in order to interrogate the dazed German.

When the first officer on the scene shouted: “Hands Up!”, the baffled Nazi veteran replied: “Yes, that’s me.”

The confusion was soon sorted, and Hans Up told his gripping story.

He had been on a bombing run heading for Ipswich in April, 1944 when he his Dornier bomber was shot down as it flew over the Suffolk coast near Hollesley.

Herr Up, now a sprightly 89 years old, said he managed to eject and parachute to safety, landing in a cabbage field near Sudbourne. He ran into the nearby Rendlesham Forest and has been hiding there ever since.

For 71 years he has been living rough in the forest, feeding on rabbit, deer and nicking fruit and vegetables from nearby farms, and dreaming of rejoining his comrades in the fight against the Allies.

He was still wearing his Nazi uniform when he was found, although it was a little torn and in need of a wash.

Hans Up surrenders to Melton Primary School children

After a medical check up at Ipswich Hospital, Herr Up was given the shocking news that the Second World War had ended badly for Germany in 1945.

He then listened in wonder when staff from the German Embassy in London brought him up to speed on world events.

Diplomat Herman Snoring said: “He was amazed that England had not only defeated Germany in the war, but also that England went on to win the World Cup in 1966.

“But what he really found difficult to believe was that Norwich City FC won a trophy in 1985.”

Herr Up was single when he was shot down, and now has no known family back in Frankfurt, his former home.

He is being cared for by embassy staff as they continue to bring him up to speed with the modern world.

“It’s all new to him – the internet, modern vehicles, television, The One Show…he’s in awe of it all right now.

“But he’s in great condition, and says he wants to write a book about his 70 years in hiding.”

Experts are now looking into suggestions that the famous Rendlesham Forest UFO incident in 1980, when airmen from a nearby US airbase claimed they saw alien lights, could actually have been Herr Up cooking a rabbit on a fire.

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  1. JohnB

    July 13, 2017 at 12:31 am

    What about his immigration status? Mr Up will not have either a passport or any other travel documents. This might be taken to mean that he is an illegal alien and subject to immediate deportation — that would be the case down here in the Anti-Podes, anyhow. If that were to happen, would the British government send him back to Germany? Or would he end up in somewhere like Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan — which would be the case if were picked up down here in the world’s largest island (or smallest continent, take your pick)?

  2. Alex

    December 27, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    Hahahaa loool this is genius.. And the comments just as good as the read.. Made my day :D thank you

  3. Hocks

    April 2, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Brilliant…. Herman Snoring…. Total bollox like, but an entertaining read….

    • The Editor

      April 2, 2015 at 11:34 pm

      Dear Hocks

      This is not bollox! That’s a slant on British journalism!

      The Editor

  4. Merelina

    March 27, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    There was a story in Dads Army about a man thinking the war was still on. It was a good story, got it on a CD. Perhaps got the idea from there!

  5. John ainsy

    March 27, 2015 at 10:03 am

    April fool. Story so full of flaws!!! So, he ejected out of his aircraft? When was the ejection seat invented??? It wasn’t 1944 :)

  6. Zereichspaimasterkerpflunk

    March 26, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    Mien Gott,
    Ein is hopink ve can find hees backpai money!!!!

  7. DW

    March 26, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    I take Hans Up did not know that we won the war Hans Down!!

    • scott campbell

      March 27, 2015 at 7:36 am

      LMFAO good one!!

  8. john edwards

    March 26, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Dear sir,
    I find it highly improbable that these schoolchildren actually discovered a German soldier. I suspect they caught sight of the Orford Ness lighthouse and mistook it for a shiny Nazi helmet.
    Easy mistake.
    Col.C Halt USAF (retired)

  9. Herr L E Phant

    March 26, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Ve ar so glad you haf found our Hans Up.. ve haf bin so voried for him this long time..tell him ve are haffing many schnapps for him and vill haf many mors ven he comes back to das fatherland.. tell him ve are vell from our age.. his comrades Hans nees an Boompsa Dayzy…

  10. wayne

    March 26, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Let’s have more of this. Something funny to read… Bring it on… “Well done”

  11. T. A. Williams

    March 26, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Mein Dear Editor,
    Your journalist needs a good kick in zer arse, as Hans Up vood haf been zer airmen, not zer soldier if he’d jumpened out of zer fricken Dornier!!!……ach dumkof’n….

  12. Jonny Stukka

    March 26, 2015 at 11:08 am

    No I’m sorry I find this story hard to believe. Norwich City FC won a trophy in 1985 is a fabrication too far. Your reporter has clearly embellished what would otherwise have been a fabulous world exclusive. He needs to stick to the facts.

  13. Adolf

    March 26, 2015 at 1:29 am

    Guten Tag,
    I come here on friendly terms. It seems there has been an incident where my pilot accidentally landed in your island. We here would like him back.

    Contact me for more information on how we shall get our pilot back,
    Death to Communis—-err-I mean, Have a good day!
    yours truly


    • The Editor

      March 26, 2015 at 7:46 am

      Dear Adolf,

      For you, the war is over.

      Anyway, I thought you had gone to Argentina?

      The Editor

  14. Alan Fawcett

    March 26, 2015 at 1:03 am

    I love this, if i was editor i would ensure all those fools who are replying to this as if it is a serious story were named in the next “world exclusive” ….hopefully something involving Herr Up being revealed as an alien that landed in rendlsham back in the 80’s….and now taking our foolish people away ;)

    • The Editor

      March 26, 2015 at 7:51 am

      Dear Mr Fawcett,

      I cannot blame some readers for disbelieving. Unfortunately we live in an age when people can put any old rubbish on the internet, so no wonder cynicism abounds.

      Good, old-fashioned journalism like that found in the Suffolk Gazette will always shine through, though.

      The Editor

  15. Tom

    March 25, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    This would be an amaizing story to believe. A main thing I picked up in is there wouldn’t be a black and white photo of him if he was found recently? For the photo to be B&W like that one he would have to have been spotted in 1944. Also he would be wearing a Luftwaffe uniform and definately not a helmet but a flight cap/ headgear. And the possibility that a man could live in a foreign “enemy” woodland that long without A surrendering or B realising the war was over is almost certainly improbable. As someone also mentioned it would be in national television with a story so important to history a this. Im sorry but it’s just not probable.

    • The Editor

      March 26, 2015 at 7:53 am

      Dear Tom

      You might be thinking too hard about all this.

      The Editor

  16. Jan

    March 25, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    Was he in the bomber that came down near Nettlestead ? Or was that Hans Down.??

  17. Hans Up

    March 25, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    Who do I make a claim against for the time I wasted reading this nonsense?

    • The Editor

      March 26, 2015 at 8:11 am

      Dear Sir,

      I don’t know. But when you find out, please let me know so that I can claim compensation for the time I’ve had to spend replying.

      The Editor

      • scott campbell

        March 27, 2015 at 7:38 am

        Good answer Mr Editor

    • wayne

      March 26, 2015 at 4:15 pm

      Get a life… it’s a bloody good read…

  18. Diana Linford

    March 25, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Just wonderiNg if his Helmet was showing when they found him ?

    • The Editor

      March 25, 2015 at 8:59 pm

      Dear Diana,

      Yes, it was polished and shiny. Quite remarkable for its age, really.

      The Editor

  19. phil hewett

    March 25, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    No wonder this nazi was never found. If he had been hiding in the forest since 1944, it is only 1849 now…or 11 minutes to 6, if you don’t understand military time jargon. That means he won’t be hiding there for at least another 45 minutes or so. When he does, he will be found straight away as we now know what time he will ‘chute in. I might go there and grab a pitch fork and bag the bastard myself!!

  20. Richard payne

    March 25, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Superb story, yet so sad…reminds me of the German bomb disposal expert we found in my father’s shed. His name was Hans Nofingerz…

  21. chris

    March 25, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Ps if he was in the Luftwaffe ie the German air-force why is he wearing a german army uniform

    • The Editor

      March 25, 2015 at 12:31 pm

      Dear Christ,

      He clearly wore the wrong uniform in order to confuse the enemy.

      And judging by your comments, he seems to have succeeded.

      The Editor

  22. chris

    March 25, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Hans couldn`t have ejected in 1944 as ejection seats were not fitted in Dorniers or any other aircraft at that time. He would have baled out .. cant journalists ever get their stories right let alone using spell checkers

    • The Editor

      March 25, 2015 at 12:26 pm

      Dear Christ,

      Are you suggesting in some way that our journalism is not entirely accurate?

      I find this hard to believe.

      The Editor

  23. Edwin Plaisted

    March 17, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    This is clearly true. I found a lost Boer soldier in my garden only last week, so Herr Up is just a slip of a lad compared to Jens. By the way Hans Up is the man’s name, Herr Up means Mr Up. Bet he was pleased that Germany won the peace, even if the Chancellor was brought up a Communist!

  24. pat bloomfield

    March 16, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Pity it is not April the 1st. What a funny load of rubbish.

    • The Editor

      March 16, 2015 at 6:30 pm

      Dear Pant

      Thank you for your comment. I have taken the liberty of asking my Defence Editor Doug Trench to check his facts, and he insists this story is, and I quote, ‘almost completely true’.

      I hope that allays your fears.

      The Editor

      • EJ

        March 17, 2015 at 12:24 am

        Almost completely true…?

        • The Editor

          March 17, 2015 at 6:57 am

          Dear EJ

          Yes, Doug Trench believes he may have got Hans Up’s age wrong, and that the German veteran might be 90, not 89 years old.

          The Suffolk Gazette regrets this error and will make a donation to charity (The Editor’s Beer Fund).

          Kind regards,
          The Editor

          • EJ

            April 13, 2015 at 6:47 pm

            Oh good. Can’t be getting way scott free with those sort of mistakes!

  25. Gina

    March 16, 2015 at 1:31 pm


    • The Editor

      March 16, 2015 at 1:59 pm

      Dear Gina,

      This is our most well-constructed comment ever.

      Have you, by any chance, considered a career in journalism?

      The Editor

  26. Dave

    March 15, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    about true as stig in the dump but still a funny story. Apparently PC gullible found him too lol !!

  27. Nick

    March 15, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    I did nazi that coming, anne frankly it’s out of mein kampfort zone.

  28. Guy

    March 15, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    This is a total and complete fabrication, you really expect a German soldier would even know of Norwich City fc, it seems quite obvious this article is written by the school children visiting the forest, and besides this would have been front page news of local and national news papers, and the name Hans Up lol, If you wish to be taken seriously finish school first !

    • The Editor

      March 15, 2015 at 1:52 pm

      Dear Mr Bob

      It is a clearing in Rendlesham Forest that I know well as I often walk the deer hounds there. Never saw Hans Up, though, which just goes to show how good at hiding he was.

      I imagine the school children used one of those phone apps to make their photo black and white as a nice special effect.

      I couldn’t help noticing that you seem to doubt the truth of our world exclusive?

      The Editor

  29. Mark

    March 15, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    His mate was also found heir bullshit!

  30. edd

    March 15, 2015 at 11:18 am

    erm explain to me how many time you spelt his name wrong ?

    • The Editor

      March 15, 2015 at 11:30 am

      Hello, Edd

      Erm, I do not believe we have spelt his name wrong? He is referred to as Hans Up, or Herr Up, the German for Mr.

      Please get in touch if I can be of any more assistance.


      Herr Editor

  31. Richard Maddicks

    March 14, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    I hear that following the damp spell recently, he has a nazi cold.

  32. Captain Mainwaring

    March 14, 2015 at 6:58 pm


    I wonder what might have happened had the local Dad’s Army stumbled across Hans Up? Those Germans don’t like it up ’em, you see.

    Sadly, however, according to your esteemed newspaper, Dad’s Army were busy standing in for the local fire brigade.

    • The Editor

      March 14, 2015 at 7:01 pm

      Dear Captain Mainwaring,

      You have been watching.


      The Editor

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