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    715. Infanterie-Division; 4. Fallschirmjäger-Division.
    German documents of italian campaign.
  1. Wonderful thread, your research it's just amazing! An example of what the passion can do!
  2. Thanks, Kevin! This is an intresting unit, unfortunately there are few information about the period June-September 1944. Lots of info can be found on the period in Cassino, related to the 3rd Batterie. Stug of the 3. Batterie in Cassino town.
  3. And this nice photo a StuG destroyed by the Polish. And Josef Fuhrerschein!
  4. The StuG-Abteilung 242 was created with 3 batteries in Juterborg in November 1942. From December 6 Stug of the 1. Batterie were transferred in Africa and the rest of the Abteilung on the Ostfront, where at the beginning of 1943 was attached to the 168. Infanterie-Division. Here suffered heavy losses in the Ostrogozsk area. The remains of the unit were transferred in Germany for the reorganisation. The Ostmedaille Urkunde. In March 1943 was re-equipped and in June transported to Italy in Sardegna. In November 1943 was in the Pisa area and was transported to the Trasimeno lake area and then at the front under the XIV. Panzerkorps. On 14 February 1944 was improved to StuG-Brigade 242 and received the new StuH42 with 10,5cm howitzer. On the same day under the 15. Panzergrenadier-Division destroyed 17 enemy tanks south of Cassino and captured 3 Sherman tanks with their crews. 5 StuGs of the 3. Batterie fought in Cassino with the 1. FJ-Division, the others StuGs of the unit where in the wood area of the town south-west of the city. On 15 March 1944 the brigade's command post was heavy bombed by an air attack. The Hauptmann Benz (Unit commander) and his adjutant Leutnant Schletter were killed. Max Bussjäger take the command of the 242. StuG-Brigade. At the end of May the unit had only 1 StuG III operative: 13 StuG and 4 StuH were in reparation. In the summer the unit fought on the adriatic coast and the important battle on the Metauro river (August 1944) under the 278. Infanterie-Division and the 71. Infanterie-Division. Here was Josef wounded for the 3rd time. The EKII Urkunde signed by Hoppe. The Metauro River. The VWA in Silber Urkunde signed by Bussjaeger. The next month fought in the Rimini area under the 29. Panzergrenadier-Division. At this time loss 6 StuG and had several problems due the lack of vehicles. In 1945 fought under the I. Fallschirmkoprs in the Imola defense battles. At the end of March had 29 Stug and 14 StuH After the collapse of the Italian front withdraw till Brunico without Stug, the last one abandoned in Bassano del Grappa, on 2 May 1945 the unit surrendered to the allied forces.
  5. Alessandria is a city in Northern Italy, near Milano. Verbindugsstab should be detachment unit with the Italian Socialist Republic's Army or government. I will look for some information on it!
  6. Hi Lee Luke, I think the second entry is übungsplatz-Gruppe, training area , Kreis Schwetz wich is in West-Prussia! Best regards,
  7. Divisions commander Hanns von Rohr.In March 1945 von Rohr protest with Oberkommando that send his unit at the frontline, despite he sayed his unit wasn't ready for combat. On 24 March 1945 the 715. ID was overrunned by the russian offensive, von Rohr for direct Hitler order was downgraded to Oberst, because he refused to shot his soldiers, that pratically fled in front of the russian tanks; another version report that von Rohr refused to burn some polish villages during the retreat.The sentence was comunicated to him by Heeresegruppe Mitte commander Ferdinand Schörner and was him personlly to take von Rohr's uniform.He was then taken prisoner in Pisek.In the 1950 he was the founder of the Hellmut-von-Gerlach society, the predecessor of the German-Polish society, created for the collaboration and the tolerance between the two nations. On 1951 polish government re-promoted von Rohr to his old military grade. He died on 1988 in Dusseldorf.
  8. and this paper for the divisional badge. I've seen only two examples of this paper! The badge was probably done in Italy, before the division was trasnferred to the Prague area, where it was destroyed by the russian offensive!
  9. Decorations page and a Sondernurlaub... his house was bombed, right?
  10. ... another 715. IDs unit.. what did you expect? Unfortunately the photo is missing, but it has some intresting additions! Karl Konig as civilian worked as cook, confectioner and baker! Born in 1911. The Soldbuch was iussed on 22 Februar 1941. Pag. 3. We can see his unit during the war and the unit page. Two units of the 715. ID. He was always a member of the Stab. Equipment page. As we can see he reach the 715. Pz-Jg-Abt the first week of September. This unit it's quiet intresting but there aren't so much info on it. Was created on March 1944, probably at the time wasn't motorized and had Pak40 (75mm). After the heavt losses in Nettuno/Anzio bridgehead the division in June was in the Rimini area to reorganizse itself. On 21 June 1944 the division stated for the 715. Panzerjäger-Abteilung: 1 Kompanie - 8 Pak 40 7,5cm 2 Kompanie - 2 Pak Sfl. (Probably Marder o simiilar), 3 were on the road from Florence. 3 Kompanie (Flak) - 9 Guns, 2 are for sure 2cm Flak. The others are not written. And 5 le. MG For what I know this unit never fought with 715. ID on the Appenines, probably was in the Rimini-Faenza Area. The terrain there was good for antitank guns and similar. In the 1st Infantry Division (Uk) diaries during the fought on Poggio Prefetto and Colla Pass (See the other topic) they never met Marder or Pak40. Gothic Line. The Green triangles are the probably position of the 715. Pz.Jg.Abt. Then another photo of a german antitank gun taken by the Neo-Zeland soldiers in Faenza. November 1944. The description says: ''A rather tired looking Marder III Ausf.M was photographed by a New Zealand soldier at the end of 1944 in Faenza, Italy and either belonged to the 1.Komapnie/Panzerjäger-Abteilung 305, 2.Kompanie/Panzerjäger-Abteiling 715. '' Our soldier had a personal weapon.... italian Berette 34! The german loved this gun, as for I know! The 715. ID had also some italian weapons like 91 Rifle and MAB38 Beretta. And the decorations! Infanterie Sturmabzeichnen in Bronce and KVKII... Hildebrandt, division commander, wrote in a letter dated January 1944: ''[...] The personell is good. Medium age 31 years old, fast all aus Baden-Wurtemmberg without combat experience. The people are happy due the change of position and the motorizing of the division.'' In Februar 1944 the Division was transferred to Italy after the Allied landings at Nettuno / Anzio. The german troops organized on the 16.02 a counterattack (Operation ''Fischfang'') The units designed to this Operation: Elements of 4. FJ-Division, 65. Infanterie Divisions under I. Fallschirmkorps, 3. Panzer Grenadier Division, 114. Jaeger Division, 715. Infanterie Division and elements of the Hermann Goering under the command of LXXVI Panzer Corps, supported by two battalions of heavy tanks Tiger and Panther. 16.02 began Operation Fischfang. The fighting raged for three days. On February 19, the Allied troops were rejected on initial bridgehead. On February 19, The German troops were exhausted by three days of heavy fighting and were unable to continue the offensive, other side the Allies organized the counterattack. Karl was awarded for this battle! The 715. ID suffered heavy losses on theese days. From BKA files: Period 30.1.1944-l 29.2.1944 Officers: 85 NCO: 364 Entlisted man: 2007 Tot: 2456 Of wich: 399 KIA 1241 WIA 602 POW
  11. Thanks! At the end of the war was quiet normal. In Italy there were often a lack of men and the worst situation the soldier of the Stabskompanie (and divisional service as well) had to fight in the first line. The German ''learn'' this on the eastern front.
  12. Wonderful collection, Bart! I like the last one with the transfer from KM to Heer, at the end of the war was very normal!