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  1. 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?!?
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Show us your Truppenausweis

    Here is mine, no future DKiG holder in this case unfortunately but just one of many Beamte.
  5. Pilot with some questions

    Thanks guys, what Richard says is true. That part of page 32 should have been marked red too. Ok, probably I should have been more clear: I marked the part on page 33 red because the info it gives is clearly wrong. He did not have 7 confirmed and 5 unconfirmed kills. On the other hand this writing was also used for the entry of the Frontflugspange in Bronze I think. Considering that he was with a Jagdgeschwader for an entire year it would seem quite possible that he got it. But I have no doubt he kept serving as there is abvolutely nothing which would suggest that he was released. He went first to the Ergänzungsgruppe of the Ueberführungsgeschwader and then to the Geschwader itself. And when he transferred from the Ergänzungsgruppe in August 1944 they confirmed that he was now trained on additional planes.
  6. I have this little group with me for a couple of months and thought I could show it here. And also I hope for a bit of help because a few things I find a bit confusing and maybe one of you has more knowledge than I. These are the documents of NCO Helmut Wegat. He was a volunteer and was accepted by the Luftwaffe in 1940. After a thorough training lasting several years he joined JG 11 in February 1943. He managed to damage one B-17 considerably in July 1943 (Herausschuss) and was finally himself shot down by a P-47 in October 1943. He managed to bail out even though he was wounded relatively severely (damaged spine etc.). He stayed with JG11 till April 1944 (even though he was probably not physically there but rather in a Lazarett) and was finally transferred Flugzeugüberführungs-Geschwader 1. This is remarkable because he was so much disabled that he received special cards which would give him among other things the right to travel the same way like soldiers who were heavily disabled. According to the seller who apparently talked to the widow (only talk so who knows if it is true) after his wounding he bascially had to be carried to the airplanes he was supposed to fly. To make things complicated there are a few entries which I consider fake. I thought about ignoring them here but why not show them (I marked them red). The rest however I think is ok and his story makes sense. Now to the questions one of you might know: - does anyone of you have documents of other pilots who were wounded so severely and ended up in Ueberführungsgeschwader? It seems he got the silver frontflugspange while with that unit. Those transfers of planes ot the frontline were probably not without danger but is that normal? - after the war he worked in the Soviet zone as a lorry driver so he was not unable to do relatively heavy work. But what is strange is that he changed to the English zone in March 1946 and then there is a letter of his widow dated 1958 who confirms that he died as an English POW in 1946. Have you seen such cases where ex-soldiers left the Soviet zone and then became British POWs in 1946? Grateful for your input :-)
  7. Something which might fit in here. This is the soldbuch of Oberstrichter Dr. Walter Franz. He was most likely a professional soldier and jurist as he had this function already before the war broke out. Most likely he had a relatively good war and never saw much of the front. His stations were: Feldgericht Höh. Kdr. der Festungs-Flakart III Feldgericht Luftgaukdo. XI Feldgericht Luftgaukdo. Belgien und Nordfrankreich Luftwaffenkdo. Ost Luftflottenkdo. 6 Luftwaffenkommando West At the end of the war he adjusted to the new situation quickly it seems. After a fat last payment of 2000 RM for April and Mai 1945 from the Wehrmacht he quickly joined a new payrol for the months after that.
  8. This is quite an exciting Flugbuch someone who finds this in a pile of stuff has good reason to be happy! The FP-Nummer seems to be III/KG77 indeed. As Richards says it is nice to see such a clear writing and also those additional remarks in the last column are helpful. Not sure it is possible to find out what his role was. Begleiter (companion) does not say much in a crew of more than two. He had a lot of FT-Flüge so he was probably trained particularly in operating the radio but I guess that is true for many crewmen. Strange is flight No. 142 where he apparently forgot to board the plane
  9. 91 Luftland Division

    There is a La Ronde Haye West of Saint Lo.
  10. Another good skip find

    I don't understand those people. Even if they don't want to keep it why don't they give it to a mate who sells at fleamarkets? CDVs and old postcards are not something supervaluable but how can one not realize that a 100 years old postcard is something which other people would want?
  11. 91 Luftland Division

    That is a cool soldbuch. Entry on page 19 says: Collected 13.07.1944 and moved on to unit. Feldgendarmerie. Apparently he was lost. I am sure the soldier you found on Volksbund is your guy - Flötenstein is really not a big settlement and it is very unlikely that there were two guys with that name from that place. Interesting that Volksbund mentions his rank as Jäger which might mean that he was sent on to a FJ unit where he was killed. Should be fun researching this one!
  12. Very nice group! It would be so interesting to know more of the nature of the fighting around that Haalderen. It sais he was killed by shrapnel but who knows if that isn't just the normal explanation given to relatives. Feldpost can be a frustrating thing. I had an entire box of letters of one soldier and they were all about sending packages with food back and forth. And of course there is the normal how is the family stuff etc. Good luck with those letters but it will be hard work
  13. AR 102

    I think the thing on page 24 means: Art der Entlassung: du (a.v. Nachuntersuchung Mai 1942) Gem. Stellv. Gen. Kdo. XI AK Abt. IIbz (4901/41) Az. 12f. v. 6.6.41 Ärztliches Entlassungsurteil: Entlassungsfähig. Stationäre Behandlung noch erforderlich. So it gives no real additional info, just what we expected. They checked him 6.6.1941 and again 5.1942 and he was not able to be a soldier for whatever reason. He was however able to work. He could be released but stationary treatment was still necessary. So it seems to be a thing which took years. I would too guess it might be a mental case.
  14. I have one which might fit here. This is the soldbuch of Franz Braun. Initially he was a very normal Pionier at the Eastern Front. But in 1944 he moved away from the front to some Technische Einsatzkompanie 13 which was later enlarged to a Bataillon. At first it seemed a bit illogical to move an experienced frontline soldier to some support unit behind the front but there was something more important to do. His unit supported the Reichsbahn in the Ruhrgebiet. They were the guys who had to keep the trains going. I have added a few pictures of the destruction of Essen to give an idea of their task (credits go to this very good web-site: http://www.trolley-mission.de ). Visible is huge destruction of the Krupp Werke and the city but also lines of trains in the background - so it seems their fight was not totally in vain. They were probably based in Engste which is outside of Dortmund. A location which was relatively safe and from where they could reach all the cities in the Ruhrgebiet relatively quickly. With the soldbuch came a confirmation that he was in the so called Luftkriegseinsatz (air-war) dated January 1945 and another one which allowed him to move in railway facilities in the Ruhrgebiet.
  15. It is really fantastic that you have info like a Stellenbesetzung as per 1945. It is so helpful if such additional details are available but I guess these cavalrymen made sure that their tradition lives on and that the documents are in good order. I know not much about cavalryunits unfortunately but it seems they were quite special in terms of equipment etc. Something like a mix of recon and security unit. Would be nice to see more of those!