Michael1000

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  1. Very nice soldbuch. I also like Flak soldbücher though it is pretty hard to research them. Such a list with shot down planes is totally interesting. Took him only a month to get the necessary points. He must have been a crewman on a 150cm Scheinwerfer which entitled him to be awarded the badge.
  2. Very nice documents! I would not have realized that a unit with such a normal name like Aufkl. Abt. 55 was a part of a very special division.
  3. One more for here. Soldbuch and Wehrpass of Hauptmann Erwin Heeb. He got the ISA when he was 44 years old.
  4. True. It just looked so disproportionate. But I did not want to start a discussion about blame. I can't remember that I have ever seen such a complete and impressive Polizei group. I really like seeing it - very interesting!
  5. This is a very impressive and interesting group! Thanks for showing. Considering what those guys did during wartime it is almost a bit absurd that someone took care that he at least crossed out the swastika on the frontcover of his soldbuch. As if this tiny and purely bureaucratic act would change one thing.
  6. I like this soldbuch a lot. Those German alarm units are always very interesting. He had an abscess at his lower leg (Unterschenkel Geschwür) which was probably treated by the chirurgie of Lazarett XI im April 1944 (probably just cut out). That he spent an entire two months in the Lazarett afterwards makes me think that it must have been a severe problem. Code 12 could also be Tetanus. It says he was fit again (k.v.) in June 1944 but who know if he ever fully recovered.
  7. Lucky that a few documents of your relative survived. Sometimes such documents were also very useful to substantiate rights for pensions, particularly if they confirmed severe woundings etc. I did not know that a place called Hotzenplotz exists. Of course everybody here knows that word for the famous Räuber Hotzenplotz which was apparently named after that place. That book was by the way also written by an ex officer of the Wehrmacht who was born in Böhmen. For once I add a very uncommon picture ...
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    Rich

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  10. Here something a bit unusual. This soldbuch has some issues (questionable entries for awards etc. which I don't show here) but the important part should be ok. This soldier was a pretty normal soldier of the infantry who saw a lot of the fighting in Russia with Inf. Rgt. 121. He had the usual awards and was finally wounded in October 1943 (grazing shot head). He survived but maybe it handicapped him so he was not sent back to his unit but to the training grounds Döberitz. There they were building a new type of unit which was to be equipped with armored tracked vehicles to carry amunition to the front troops. The Germans tested these vehicles earlier in the war for their infantry units but were not satisifed - probably simply because of the limited cargo space. Basically it is simpler and cheaper to send one truck with artillery shells than 5 little amo carriers. However, towards the end of the war they created such units again on the training grounds of the infantry at Döberitz. This soldier was even assigned to one of the Gepanzerte Munitionsschlepper Kompanien in the West (in this case No. 804) - and probably saw some action with it. His driving license was also given the addition that he can drive armored fully tracked vehicles of type A - whatever type A is. Surprisingly I was not really able to find out what vehicles they used. It seems to be general believe that they used V.K. 3.02 (like the one in the picture). That would be logical but apparently only about 20 of those were built much earlier in the war. So what they had in reality is imo not sure. There is very little info available about these units which is a pitty because they are surely an exotic bunch.
  11. Recently I got this Wehrpass. Not special at first glance but something quite special happened to this soldier. He was a casualty of the French Saar offensive in September 1939. The French had the chance to really hurt the Germans while they were still busy in Poland but for some reason they only started a very small attack in the region of Saarbrücken. German casualties were 200 dead and 100 missing and after a few days all was over. The soldier of this Wehrpass went missing September 9 1939 and was released again in 1940 when the war between France and Germany ended. So he probably had the "honor" to be one of the very first German POWS. The clerk who filled in the Wehrpass was kind enought to mention one day of fighting in the Saar - September 09 1939. I have attached a small map from Wiki which give a good idea of how small this French attack was. Initially it was planed to attack with 40 divisions but in the end all which happened was that they took 12 villages.
  12. I had once a soldbuch of a soldier of 3./ (ss) M.G. Btl. (mot) 817. Apparently this unit should have consisted of about 600 soldiers and 36 x 2cm Flak and 8 x 2cm Flak Vierling as well as 72 trucks and towing vehicles. It seems the bataillon never got the Vierlings but had 36 normal 2cm Flak mounted on trucks. Maybe your unit was similar.
  13. Only a matter of time till you should find a similar entry in another soldbuch. That is the beauty about Lazarett entries - they pop up regularly (though there were many many of those Reserve Lazarette). But if you get something very cheap because of questionable entries then you are lucky. If you don't pay more for an item because of them it can be a lot of fun to find out if they are good or not. To me they look quite ok.
  14. Interesting group. Have also never seen both KVK being awarded at the same date. But unlike the KVK2 the KVK1 is not such a common medal anyway. I think it was generally not so easy to get it. Do you have a theory what he got them for? Maybe it was linked to his wounding in Biserta. It might not have been an act of bravery but something very important - like he quickly took the necessary steps to prevent a damaged ship from sinking.