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  1. Michael1000

    PoW Camp Guards

    One of those soldiers who served in the army of different countries. Small details but not something seen every day! Here is one of mine again. He was lucky, got some awards while they still won their battles relatively easily and then spend the rest of the war at home guarding prisoners.
  2. "Small" and "incomplete" is quite an understatement here. Seems like a very interesting lot to me. Documents of a Stug crewman with an additional ID document and lists with combat days till February 1945. That is a really good group, isn't it? And perhaps the first and the third award document are a bit special even? It seems they are not total standard - maybe a special print for that unit? Is the first pictures showing him? He also looks a bit different I think.
  3. Michael1000

    Stalingrad wounded?

    If he was with Gren. Rgt. 212 at that time I would say it is quite likely. Of course he was out when operation Uranus started but that does not mean he did not fight at Stalingrad. Would be good to know where Laz. VII/528 was at that time.
  4. Michael1000

    Soldbuch Photos

    I can only recommend that too. Those ID documents are still relatively inexpensive. An EK1 easily costs 200 while you might get the soldbuch of the same guy for 100. And with the soldbuch you have an item of which you know who owned it and which was actually with that particular soldier all the time. It cannot get much better, can it? 😊
  5. Michael1000

    Soldbuch Photos

    I like frontflugspangen a lot, always nice to see one on the picture. I have never seen one wearing a spange for Schlachtflieger but I guess finding one of those is a real challenge. Here is one of mine with Demjansk Schild.
  6. Michael1000

    PoW Camp Guards

    Perhaps everybody knows this but I did not - one of the actors who played a German guard in The Great Escape was in reality a Ritterkreuzträger who himself made several escape attempts from POW camps in WW2. Interesting story, just google Eduard-Heinrich Kiefer. Anyway, here is one of mine. He was in Dulag 180 which was apparently really far in the East. It was apparently just as horrible as the others just a bit smaller. Intersting however is that he was for a while posted to an Alarmbataillon Pjatigorsk. This is a town really almost in the easternmost part of the territories occupied by the Germans which was by that time retaken by the Russians. This soldier survived his few weeks with that Alarmbataillon but died later when he was no longer in one of the POW camps but with a frontline unit.
  7. Probably not a super obscure unit but one i had not on the radar till now. This young soldier belonged to a unit which had the inspiring name Marsch Bataillon A21 (T4). That T4 unit was one of five so called Tunis Feld Bataillone. Apparently these were units which consisted mainly of lightly armed infantry which were flown form Sicily to Tunesia from October 1942. They were used there to secure the region of Tunis and it seems arrived just at the right time. And even though they were a bit improvised it seems without them the Germans would not have been able to hold that region. By end of November some Tigers had arrived which were then used to attack West of Tunis. It was only a small Kampfgruppe with one to three Tigers, some Pz. III and a bunch of infantry of which one was this young soldier. They attacked the hight 186 west of Tebourba. On December 2 1942 they managed to destroy some AT guns, some M3 tanks etc. but lost also some Pz. III. On December 3 they attacked again with one Tiger and two Pz. III. This is where this soldier run out of luck as he was KIA. Thanks to the involvement of the first few tigers this little engagement is pretty well documented but that does of course not make his death less sad. His death notice mentions him being killed while trying to take hight 186 about 22 km west of Tunis. On the picture you can see the approximate direction of their attack. A good documentation about these T bataillons you will find here: http://ww2live.com/sites/default/files/documentos/Rommel’s Lost.pdf Written by Doug Nash.
  8. Michael1000

    Soldbuch Battleship Tirpitz

    Thanks for those pictures - certainly an uncommon name for a German! And once again when I read this I think "what a totally pointless way to die". Dying in war is probably never good but this ... towed out by tugs and then bombed and sunk?!?
  9. This is fantastic work by Bayda. Not only is it a very cool concept but it also give such a good insight into daily life under German occupation. Thanks for that exciting work!
  10. Michael1000

    Soldbuch Battleship Tirpitz

    Thanks Kevin, the quality of the pictures makes one think that the attack was perhaps not as easy for the plane crews as they want to make it appear in that movie. But the end of that ship is not a glorious story. It is like nobody knew what to do with the thing so they just left it there and unfortunately it was destroyed.
  11. For once I have the opportunity to show a Kriegsmarine soldbuch here. This young man had the questionable pleasure to serve aboard the battleship Tirpitz. It might have looked like a glamorous job but in reality it was probably just very boring to work in an engine room of a ship which barely ever moved. And to make things worse it was only 99% boring while it was for 1% of the time very dangerous. So it came how it had to come. On April 3 1944 the British attacked the ship with bombers and caused the death of 135 sailors. Others were wounded like this man here who got burned severely and was moved to the Lazarett in Alta. It seems he survived the war but getting wounded or even die on a totally inactive ship must have been particularly frustrating.
  12. Why are so many of those little groups split I also never understood. Of course sometimes it is money but it seems it is even done if it lowers the value. I wonder if simple stupidity also plays a part in it sometimes Attached a little group, very much like yours. The guy was with Leichte Flak Abteilung 90 in France when he was wounded by bombing. I only had the soldbuch first but then by coincidence - because of the special name Kamillo - I found more documents and even his wound badge. In the end all in all cost me barely 100 Euro which is more than ok for me but still it leaves the question why was it split?!?
  13. This time something from the Luftwaffe ... This is the soldbuch of Feldwebel Eltfeld. He was trained as a Bordfunker and was initially posted to some LDK 64 (apparently Luftdienstkommando). I think they had the task to be themself flying aims or to drag something which would be the aim so that others - maybe flak - could train to aim at things in the air. Maybe his ability to sit in planes which would drag something through the air got him transferred to Schleppgruppe 2 in 1943. This unit was mainly equipped with HE-111 and GO-242 gliders and was used to transport supplies. Probably it was not even so easy for them to get a Frontflugspange because unless the glider would go on a no-return supply mission those HE-GO teams could probably not go too near to the front as they must have been very vulnerable. Anyway, he eventually got one and even an EK2 and was then by the end of 1944 transferred to a normal Transportgeschwader. The picture of the planes I too from luftarchiv.de - I hope it is ok to use it.
  14. Something for here. Not so interesting at first glance, just a radio guy. But this young man had a special talent. For some reason he was able to speak Siam which is Thai (I think). This was probably the reason why he ended up in a so called Nachrichten Fernaufklärungs Kompanie. He was trained as a Horchfunker and probably that included training in the Russian language too. The job of those guys was to listen to Russian communication and gather information of troop movements etc. How important their job was becomes obvious from the attached copy. It is a letter of a Major in 1. Panzer Army to Heeresgruppe A. He sais that Fernaufklärungskompanie 620 is their only way to find out of Russian intentions now that air recon is so weak and few prisoners are brought in. He suggests that the Kompanie should not be subordinated to Heeresgruppe A but rather that they share the service of this Kompanie between 1. Panzer Armee and Heeresgruppe A. Quite a responsibility for such a small unit. This young man would survive the war and would finally become the German ambassador in Birma.
  15. Michael1000

    Show us your Truppenausweis

    Here is mine, no future DKiG holder in this case unfortunately but just one of many Beamte.