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    I am sure some will of seen this announced on other forums but for those that don't know Ancestry in Germany have now added 2.4 million cards for those soldiers killed between 1939-1948 and although I am led to believe that those cards relating to late 1944 don't exist there may well be some for that period and 1945. So far the latest date I have been able to find a card file for is July 1944 but I have been told that there are some for later in 1944 and 1945. So far I have found card files for members in all 3 branches of the Wehrmacht, Waffen-SS (including Concentration Camp guards) and Polizei. Some have just one side of a card while others might have 2 or 3 double sided cards of information. If you have a Wehrpass or Soldbuch to a man killed in action then the chances are that the card files will tell you little new except that in a lot of examples the card files tell you how he died (gun shot to lungs, head injury etc) and where he was originally buried. But if all you have is a memorial card or a grave photo then you will be able to gain a lot of information such as his basic training unit, his last unit, dogtag details and so on. See below for a couple of examples. It would seem that people are having an approx 75-80% success rate in finding who they are looking for. This is already shaping up to be an incredible resource and I have already been told by one German collector that he has been able to find his Grandfather's card and despite the Red Cross, Volksbund & WASt not telling him about any burial details in the past there on the back of the card was his original grave details showing that he had received a proper burial from his comrades, something that has brought peace of mind to his remaining son & daughter 76 years later. But as with all things Ancestry, after your trial period ends you will need to subscribe to the site to obtain access.
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    Konteradmiral Hans Mirow - EK 2. Klasse / Spange zum EK 2. Klasse - Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer - Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung 1. Klasse - Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung 3. Klasse - Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938 Looks like it, 90% certain
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    Vizeadmiral Leopold Bürkner First row: - Eisernes Kreuz (1914) 2. Klasse (hidden) - Kriegsverdienstkreuz (1939) 2. Klasse mit Schwertern (most likely) - Herzoglich Anhaltisches Friedrich-Kreuz - Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer - Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung 1. Klasse - Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung 3. Klasse - Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938 mit Spange "Prager Burg" - Medaille zur Erinnerung an die Heimkehr des Memellandes - Slovak Victory Cross Second row: - Bulgarian Military Merit Order - Offizierskreuz des Königlichen Ordens der Krone von Italien - Königlich Spanisch-Marrokanischen Mehdauia-Ordens - ??? - ??? - ??? - Hungarian Merit Order, Commander Cross (probably) - ??? (black ribbon?) - Spanish Naval Merit Order (probably) The 3 unknown in a row could be Spanish related, but hard to tell. I am unsure of any class of the above.
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    I have been told yellow is for "flight over sea", if a plane was ditched in the sea, the yelow cap would be seen by a rescue plane/boat. The red side, is for tropical operations, and again, being seen against desert back drop from the air. It was designed to fit around the ear and neck microphones. Whether these were popular with aircrews or of any actual use, I have no idea. It does seem that the caps were worn earlier in the war, then discontinued. I don't have any idea where these caps were carried or stored.. I'm delighted to finally get to own, one of these rare caps.
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    I find it interesting how the roof has changed so much from the dormer windows. Very well done. Great seeing then and now shots. Best Regards, JustinG
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    A little late to the party, it is Gauarbeitsfuhrer Friedrich Kohler, AD GAU XVI Westfalen-Nord... G
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    No, I don' think so. The edges of the arms are quite rounded. Also, the ribbon does not appear to be a plain colour, like the green ribbon for the Merit Order. It looks like the Bavarian Red Cross, but I am not sure exactly what it is.
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    To me it is the Chinese Order of Blue Sky and White Sun.
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    Generalleutnant Friedrich von Arnauld de la Periére  - Iron Cross 2nd Class - Hesse Bravery Medal - Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer - Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung 1. Klasse - Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung 3. Klasse - Oldenburg House and Merit Order of Duke Peter Frederick Louis, Knight 2nd Class - Medaille zur Erinenrung an den 1. Oktober 1938
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    Generalleutnant Hermann Dahlmann - EK 2. Klasse - Kriegsverdienstkreuz 2. Klasse mit Schwertern - Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer - Österr. Kriegserinnerungsmedaille mit Schwertern - Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung 1. Klasse - Wehrmacht Dienstauszeichnung 3. Klasse - Sudetenland Medal???
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    he memories of Günther Tlotzek. - Served in the 23rdInfantry Regiment, 11th Infantry Division of the German Wehrmacht during WWII. Günther Tlotzek saw the light of day in 1923 inSokolken in East Prussia. He was at the front in Russia for four years and waswounded four times, of which he still has fragments of grenade in his left thigh. He was also in Russian captivity in Siberia for fiveyears after the end of the war and was expelled from his East Prussianhomeland. These are just a few points from Günther Tlotzek'seventful life. In this book he tells of his memories, from childhoodto old age. These include experiences from the Weimar period, fromthe National Socialist period, and all of his experiences from World War II. He also describes his 5-year captivity and his"new second life" afterwards. Günther Tlotzek remained mentally alert and fit intoold age, he is open to everything new and today lives in and with digitalprogress. "A so-called fulfilled life can only exist if youhave given something to others." G.Tlotzek Printed hardcover very noble 150 pages. With signed soldier photo complete in ENGLISH info @ zg-stuttgart@web.de
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    I am of the same opinion. I would say it is the Ritterkreuz 1. Klasse mit Schwertern des Königl. Württembg. Friedrichs-Orden. Thanks, Pierce!
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    Oberst d.R. Gustav Gillhausen with 2 Hungarian Orders of Merit with Swords.
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    Generalmajor Johannes Bruhn - Spange zum EK 2. Klasse - Ostmedaille - Bremisches Hanseatenkreuz - Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer
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    Generalleutnant Walter von Boltenstern - Spange zum EK 2. Klasse - Königlich Bayerischer Militar-Verdienstorden 4. Klasse mit Schwertern - Fürstl. Lippisches Kriegsverdienstkreuz - Hamburgiches Hanseatenkreuz - Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer - Dienstauszeichnung 1. Klasse - Dienstauszeichnung 3. Klasse - Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938??? Possibly Was Infanterie-Regiment 71 involved in Sudetenland invasion? This might she some light.
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    James AL, This website might be of help: - http://coldwardecoded.blogspot.com/2013/07/hauptgefreiter-panzergrenadiertruppe.html Regards, Graham
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    Hello Graham I recently acquired this variety. identicle, but different design. Regards Anthony
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    I agree completely Jerry, and yes, the paint looks very fresh.
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    Father and son, both UBoot Kommandant Oblt.z.See Heinz von Hennig 17.03.1922 Crew of 1940 2.WO / 1.WO - U-421 CO. U-2361 POW Camp 18 Featherstone Park, Haltwhistle, Northumberland, England. POW.NO. B.105627 His father was Heinrich (Heinz) Georg Julius von Hennig a Konteradmiral and a well-known chess player. He was one of the namesake of the Shara-Hennig gambits. Rank of Konteradmiral.....but not a flashy career in the Kriegsmarine. Vorstand der Stationsbücherei der Marinestation der Ostsee / Board of Library Station Naval Station of the Baltic Sea. During world war I, he was a Kapitänleutnant and the CO of the UBoat SM U-18. Konteradmiral Heinrich von Hennig 10.05.1883 - 29.11.1947 POW Camp 2226/III British POW Camp 2226/III located in Zedelgem near Brugge and Ostend in Belgium POW.NO. A.829892 Number of prisoners reported in Camp 2226/III Zedelgem in the summer of 1945, varying assignments between 10,000 and 15,000 prisoners. The hygienic conditions, the diet records and medical care were inadequate. In the winter of 1945/46 threatened by hunger edema and frostbite mass extinctions, extra rations for the most malnourished prisoners (called "Gandhi") were introduced. There is no reliable data for the prisoners who died in the camp. POW post found on Ebay
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    Nachtschlachtgruppe 3 was formed in mid-October 1943 at Gatchina airfield which is located to the south-west of Leningrad and consisted of such aircraft as the Ar-66, Go-145 and He-46. Bellof can be seen on the right hand side (as viewed) of this quartet. Continuing where Störkampfgruppe Luftflotte 1 left off, NSGr-3 flew night operations, mainly in the area of Pskov. During the German retreat from the Leningrad area NSGr-3 saw its operations affected by the constant change of locations. In May 1944 Bellof won his next high award, the DKiG on 10th May 1944. By October 1944 NSGr-3 had reached Telsiai (north-west Lithuania) with 34 aircraft. A few days later it moved to Skrunda where it found itself cut off in the Kurland Pocket. In September 1944 Bellof was awarded the Bomber Clasp in Gold with Pendant and one month later received a telegram from Generalmajor Sigismund Freiherr von Falkenstein of 3. Flieger-Division with regards to completing 600 sorties. With its limited and diminishing resources it continued to support Heeresgruppe Nord/Kurland until the end of the war and in early February Bellof would, as an Oberfeldwebel, be awarded the Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes. He was one of just two members of NSGr-3 to win the RK by wars end, the other being Fahnenjunker-Oberfeldwebel Leopold Hackl. His last award of the war was the Kurland Cuffband that he was awarded on 20th April 1945. Signatures seen on these items belong to Bruno Loerzer (RK), Karl-Franz Beushausen and Friedrich Rademacher. (Source used for unit details: Dive-Bomber & Ground-Attack Units of the Luftwaffe 1933-1945 Vol 2 by Henry L. de Zeng IV and Douglas G. Stankey)
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    And Canada, which was unique in that as well as the "C" Prefixed versions of the British Badge, also produced its own badges. Note the "Penalty for Mis-Use"