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  1. From 1942 to 1944 it looks as if he served away from the front line in training units and Grenadier-Ersatz units.
  2. Just in case people are unaware, the image hosting site Photo Bucket (PB) now require members to pay $400 per year to be able to use their site to post images to sites such as Forums. If someone has posted images via PB in the past and haven't paid the $400 subscription (and let's be honest, why on earth would you pay that extortionate amount?) all those images have been blocked by PB and in their place is the PB logo. Soooo, if you have used PB in the past to post images or see threads where the main images are just a PB logo can you please let me know so I can delete the threads/posts as they now contribute nothing to the forum. Thanks for any help.
  3. Just in case people are unaware, the image hosting site Photo Bucket (PB) now require members to pay $400 per year to be able to use their site to post images to sites such as Forums. If someone has posted images via PB in the past and haven't paid the $400 subscription (and let's be honest, why on earth would you pay that extortionate amount?) all those images have been blocked by PB and in their place is the PB logo. Soooo, if you have used PB in the past to post images or see threads where the main images are just a PB logo can you please let me know so I can delete the threads/posts as they now contribute nothing to the forum. I have found one via the Soldbuch/Wehrpass Index so I will have to edit that as well. Thanks for any help.
  4. Sturm-Pi.Btl 43 distinguished itself well during the 1939 Polish campaign and was awarded the 'Sturm' title after the 2-Kp assaulted the fortress at Brest-Litovsk. For the 1940 western campaign it was attached to Inf.Rgt Grossdeutschland and took part in the vital breakthrough across the Meuse near Sedan and was also involved in heavy fighting on the heights near Stonne and at Chemery which would be why he received his Sturmabzeichen. It looks like he left Sturm-Pi.Btl 43 long before it was absorbed in to GD proper in 1942. As for what was he doing between 1941-44 you will need to show all the pages with entries on, including the Urlaub pages, so that a basic timeline can be formed.
  5. Soldbuch hauptmann A.R.34

    A nice addition Alberto. Unfortunately I don't have any files on Artillery officers so haven't been able to find his card file. You should try contacting NARA or BA-MA to see if they hold his personnel file.
  6. Current offer is for a WW-1 book - Tyneside Scottish From sales thread.. Although called the Tyneside Scottish, very few of the men who made up this Brigade were of Scottish descent. Many came from local villages or were from the Northumberland pits. They saw action at the Battle of the Somme and after it were allowed to put tartan behind their cap badges because of their bravery. Overseas clients please note: Due to excessively high wrapped weight shipping is weighted on this title. £3.99 for 320 pages
  7. Plural - Soldbücher & Wehrpässe
  8. Here is a page about Pi.Btl 900. DAK isn't really my area I'm afraid so the page will give you more details that I can although I think it was part of 90.leichte Division... Pionier-Btl 900
  9. That brigade did, yes but he was in hospital until mid-October 1944. Follow the arrows in the attached image that shows how he was transferred from one hospital to another until 12th October 1944 - you can even see where it says he is being transferred by a Lazarettzug, and finally transferred from Harzburg to Baden. He would of missed the fighting during Market Garden but might of been involved in the fighting around Overloon in mid-late October 1944 but as Pz.Brigade 107 was dissolved in early November 1944 he wasn't with them for long and after leaving them it looks like he went to the Pz.Pi.Ersatz.Btl 208. Which unit authorised the award of the Afrika cuff band?
  10. Welcome to the forum and thanks for showing what looks to be a nice Soldbuch. To answer your question, yes he did miss Market Garden. He was actually in hospital from 24th August 1944 all the way through to 12th October 1944. After that I would imagine that he would of gone to an Ersatz unit to recuperate before being reassigned to a front line unit (if he was ever transferred to a front line unit again as his last unit was Pz.Pi.Ers.Btl 208 at Rathenow.)
  11. As mentioned, the soldier rests at the very large German War Cemetery at Ijsselsteijn but unfortunately he is one of the many soldiers in that cemetery who rest under a cross bearing the inscription 'Ein Deutscher Soldat'. One day I will get round to trying to translate the Feldpost as it must be a social treasure trove of what life was like for someone serving on a quiet front. Thanks go to Steve Mac on the British forum WW2talk for the effort and detail about the British actions. The photos of the cemetery were taken by myself when I visited last year.
  12. He was swept up and joined a Luftwaffe Battlegroup named after it's commanding officer Hemsoth. It has proven difficult to find any information out about this ad-hoc unit but it looks like it was formed from paratroopers from 3.Fallschirm-Division and any spare troops that could be found, as a lot of units were during the German response to Market Garden.. They were sent in to the fighting around Nijmegen so fought against the ground element of Market Garden which was the push by XXX Corps to link up the bridges. In late September the British ground forces had captured Bemmel which was located on the so-called 'Island' - the strip of land between Nijmegen and Arnhem. Just to the east of Bemmel is the small village of Haalderen and at the time it had a number of factory chimneys that the Germans were using for observation. On the 26th September 1944 the British 6th Battalion The Green Howards (6th Green Howards), with support from two platoons of The Cheshire Regiment and the MG Battalion from 50th Northumberland Division, were ordered to attack and occupy Haalderen. However due to the type of country in that area and the heavy defence put up by the German forces they failed to capture the village. It was during this fighting on the 26th September that this Luftwaffe soldier was killed in action by shrapnel. Haalderen proved to be a thorn in the Allies side as attacks to capture it were abandoned on the 28th September so the Allies could form up to face an expected German counter-attack. In fact Haalderen wasn't captured until 6th October.
  13. A recent acquisition is this Wehrpass which came with some extras - 4Kg's of Feldpost! Judging by the amount of Feldpost he must of had a lot of spare time as the letters date from 1940 right up to the week before he was killed. They also include a letter after he was killed from his unit to his family informing them of his death, some condolence cards and even a letter dated 1958 from the priest in The Netherlands informing the family about his resting place in the German War Cemetery at Ijsselsteijn. For most of the war he didn't do too badly for himself in terms of service. While millions of German soldiers and airmen were serving at the front, be that in Russia, Africa or Italy he served in a Luftwaffe Landeschutzen unit in the Netherlands, primarily serving at the major airbase at Eindhoven. However, any hopes of having a totally quiet war came to a very sudden end when the Allies launched Operation Market Garden in September 1944 to capture the bridges at Eindhoven, Nijmegen and, of course, at Arnhem.
  14. Your skip does it again! That is a great grouping to a civil servant, one of the many thousands without whom the Third Reich would never of been able to function properly. The signature on the first two citations is that of Franz Seldte who was the Labour Minister although he didn't really have much power as Hitler didn't think much to him. He also co-founded the Stahlhelm and threw his support behind Hitler in 1933 during the talks between von Papen and AH in 1933. He died in Allied captivity in 1947.
  15. The latest sale has some interesting offers (see link below the images): Tigers in Combat III being available for £28 German General on the Eastern Front (The letters and diaries of Gotthard Heinrici 1941-1942) for £2.99 Kubelwagon On All Frontlines for £12.50 N&MP Sale
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