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    715. Infanterie-Division; 4. Fallschirmjäger-Division.
    German documents of italian campaign.
  1. 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!
  2. Thanks for your words, Kevin!
  3. Hi Lee Luke, I think the second entry is übungsplatz-Gruppe, training area , Kreis Schwetz wich is in West-Prussia! Best regards,
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. Decorations page and a Sondernurlaub... his house was bombed, right?
  7. ... 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
  8. 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.
  9. Wonderful collection, Bart! I like the last one with the transfer from KM to Heer, at the end of the war was very normal!
  10. Thanl you very much! Yes, in the area are still visible lots of bunkers/trenches. The association Gotica Toscana has rebuilt at the Giogo Pass some of the german bunkers located in the area. Here photos a position for 2/3 soldier on the western ridge of Poggio Prefetto. It's one of my future project to write something about the 715. ID, but I have to collect more info, documents. I'm happy to read your message, the 715. ID is my favourite!
  11. Thank you, guys! The 715. ID is my favourtite division! :)
  12. Many thanks! here a photo from where I live. You can see the main point of the Gothic Line in Mugello (North of Florence)
  13. I forgot this one! Yesterday I was in Poggio Prefetto... this is a view from Massalto!