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  1. On 16-12-2016 at 8:27 PM, Bart V. said:

    Thanks both. On this day, 16 December 1944, the Ardennes Offensive started with a massive artillery barrage that started at 0500 hours. One of the casualties on 16 December 1944 was Konrad Jäger, who fell at / near Berdorf, the first place the 212. Inf. Div had to conquer. It would take a few days before the complete city of Berdorf was conquered because of some brave, stubborn US resistance. 

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    Hi Bart,

    Why not showing the young man's face / uniform portrait photo, that is shown on the other side.
    I do know that it is there.....

    Best regards


  2. Hi Bart,

    That was one of my favorites too.
    Yes he did serve with the Granatwerferzug of 4.Kompanie = 4./Grenadier-Regiment 423 of the 212. Volksgrenadier-Division.
    As shown on his weapon training page (page 20), and his death notice in the newspaper.

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  3. On 13-12-2016 at 6:48 PM, Bart V. said:

    As you all now I recently took over the archive from our beloved EJ and I'm now sharing the same passion as him, I would like to show off some material I have from the 212. Infanterie-Division / 212. Volks-Grenadier-Division. This is an older overview of the Soldbücher, Wehrpasse and Paper Groups I have from this Division. I am literally searching anything from this Division (either trade or buy), so hopefully anyone of you could help expand the collection. I hope one of the latter weeks of December to visit some of the Military Cemeteries where Fallen soldiers of this Division are buried, since a few of which I have paperwork were Killed in Action or Died of their Wounds. Hope you will appreciate it.

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    Yes my friend that were my guys you are showing us here.
    I do hope that you like them as much as I did.

    The men who fought at Berdorf and the parc hotel are my favorites.
    And the men who did earn their EK2 and EK1 for the Bulge.

    Best regards


  4. On dinsdag 13 december 2016 at 7:20 PM, Bart V. said:

    Andreas Riebler, born in 1919, was already a seasoned veteran from the Eastern Front when he was put into action with the 2. Kompanie/ Grenadier-Regiment 316 during the Ardennes Offensive. Before he went into action in the Ardennes he already got wounded 3 times during a period of 4 months (in 1944) for which he was (only) awarded the VWA in Schwarz. However he saw a great portion of action, serving with the Division from 1939 until end 1944, fighting at Wolchow, Leningrad, Ladogasees, Pleskau etc. before participating in the Ardennes. Earning the EK2, ISA and Nahkampfspange in Bronze. According to the Wehrpass he went Missing in Action on 24 December 1944, Christmas, near Michelshof (Luxemburg) -- however after research I found at he became POW and died in 2014. Sadly, If I knew earlier I would have tried to contact him. During the Ardennes Offensive the I. Bataillon of Grenadier-Regiment 320 had to take Osweiler - Dickweiler.

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    Dear Bart,

    I was not able to find any further information about Riebler's fate after his missing entry on page 34.
    May I ask you where you did find the information that he was taken pow and died in 2014.
    As you bought his Wehrpaß from me in 2016 you couldn't contact him earlier....

    Best regards


  5. On woensdag 8 februari 2017 at 6:37 PM, Agustin V. said:


    On woensdag 8 februari 2017 at 6:37 PM, Agustin V. said:



    Hi guys! As some of you might already know, a few of my threads here in this section are gone (still don't know why) but I will create this thread about postwar pictures of U-boat Knight's Cross and German Cross holders.


    I want to dedicate this thread to my good friend EJ-Bakker! This one is for you EJ!


    Let's start with the father of U-boats during WW2!




    Großadmiral Karl Dönitz (1891 - 1980)


    The first picture comes from the TV documentary "The World At War" and dates from 1973.


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    The second set are from a compilation of photos taken at the house of Dönitz, a few years before his death.




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    Thank you Agustín.

    On the cabinet behind Dönitz we see a picture frame with pictures of his two sons :

    Peter Dönitz, Leutnant zur See, 20.03.1922 - 19.05.1943 S.E.of Cape Farewell, U-954, Crew of X/1940.
    Klaus Dönitz, Oberleutnant zur See, 14.05.1920 - 13.05.1944 Bourdon France Block 7, Row 8, Grave 154, Schnellboot S-141.

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  6. Sally who, no its Dally, yep Duhhhh, no Do, hmmmmmm ?

    First of all, a warm welcome on the Historical War Militaria Forum.
    I do hope that you will enjoy to stay around here with us.

    Congratulations with your book.
    I do like the Christmas card page with the personal note by Rogge and the photo very much.

    Your translation is correct.
    und Frieden auf Erden !
    Erich Kühn
    I.O. der "Atlantis"
    Weihnachten 1961
    A nice crisp and clear signature of Bernhard Rogge

    1961 Kiel
    ? bei seiner Ansprache
    "Atlantis" Treffen

    1961 Kiel
    ? during his speech
    "Atlantis" meeting

    Thank you for showing us your book on our forum.

    Best regards


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  7. Dear Bart,

    Happy Birthday my friend.

    Wishing you a great day with your woman, son, family and friends, and many more good ones for the future.

    Best regards



    Hartelijk gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag en de allerbeste wensen, maak er een mooie dag van met je vrouw, zoon, familie en vrienden, en nog vele goede jaren gewenst voor de toekomst.

    Met vriendelijke groeten


  8. Alberto my friend, thank you for showing us your nice uboat grouping.

    You know that I am interested in Uboats that did battle with aircraft.

    1 patrol, no ships sunk.
    22.6.1944 Left Kiel for Norwegian waters.
    U-994 was one of five boats sent out in June to relieve "Mitte Group Boats"
    They were to stand by off southern Norway, between Trondheim and Lindesnes, to counter any invasion threat.
    On 17.7.1944 U-994 had five crewmen wounded in an aircraft attack, which also damaged the boat.
    She put into Bergen 17.7.1944.

    17 Jul 1944
    The boat was attacked by a Norwegian Mosquito aircraft (Sqdn 333/L).
    Some damage, and five wounded.
    The boat reached Bergen the same day.

    27.7.1944 Left Bergen and arrived Vallöy 28.7.1944.

    U-994 returned to Kiel to undergo repairs.

    From 24.07.1944 until 10.12.1944 U-994 made a number of escort patrols to Norwegian ports and back.

    She joined the 11.U.Flottille at Bergen in September 1944 and later moved to the 13.U-Flottille at Trondheim.
    She was non-operational at both units and was surrendered at Trondheim on 9.5.1945.

    Information taken from U-994 KTB.
    22.6.1944 leaving base in Kiel, for operations in the Norwegian coastal waters.
    25.6.1944 Gruppe "Raubritter" operational area AN35, anti-invasion West of Norway.
    16.7.1944 Gruppe "Raubritter" position AF87.
    17.7.1944 attacked by aircraft position AN24.
    17.7.1944 attacked by aircraft near Bergen, 5 crewmembers wounded.

    Der Befehlshaber der U-Boote :
    Short patrol, apart from aircraft attack on 7.10., no combat operations and attack possibilities.
    Aircraft attack was well and properly repelled, the hit aircraft may not have reached its base.

    From "Ultra Versus U-Boats: Enigma Decrypts in the National Archives"
    U-994 on its first patrol under command of Oberleutnant zur See Volker Melzer.
    Off southern Norway on 17 July it was attacked by Mosquito VI serial HF710 of 333 (Norwegian) Squadron flown from Sumburgh in the Shetlands by Lieutenant R. Leitle.
    The pilot opened fire with his four cannon and four machine-guns before dropping two depth charges.
    The U-boat was damaged and five crewmembers were wounded, but it managed to reach Bergen on the same day.

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