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  1. Here is the article where I saw the service mentioned.
  2. For any UK based collectors interested, the specialist art insurers Hiscox are now offering insurance policies for militaria. They offer a simple service whereby you input what you think your collection is worth online to get an instant annual quote. I've just inputted £50,000 and received a quote of £209 p/a. Hiscox Collections
  3. I would say so. Best to leave these Pol.Rgt 4 related ones alone.
  4. Nice Soldbuch. I went for this as well to fill the 'Battle of the Reichswald Forest' gap in my collection but you obviously beat me to it. Not sure I've forgiven you yet!! Here are two superb threads on a British run forum about Operation Veritable which have Then & Now photos included... VERITABLE: 15th Scottish & 43rd Wessex Divisions in the Reichswald battle (Feb 1945) 3rd Cdn Infantry Division - Veritable Also, Issue 159 of the After The Battle magazine deals with the battle. It has a good illustration in it of the area showing the locations of the German fortifications & field works. I believe it can be downloaded digitally now from their website.
  5. A good Flak example with a nice photo. Flak doesn't seem to rank highly in the collecting world but I think it is unfairly ignored as a lot of the units saw a lot of combat, both against aircraft and ground targets.
  6. These were produced every day for all the various fronts. Sometimes it is interesting to compare the German maps with the corresponding Allied ones.
  7. Another well researched piece to a lucky survivor. Lexikon shows a number of situation map close-ups for 93.ID for that period. The two here show the situation on 1st March & April 1945.
  8. Just a small citation set that I have had for a few years which contain possibly my favourite citation type, namely the one for la Medalla de la Campana issued to those who served in Spain as part of Condor Legion. During the war the man served as ground crew with JG-27 and was also awarded the Afrika cuff band. The signatures on the promotion citations are for two fighter aces: Wolfgang Lippert (29 Kills) and Gustav Rodel (98 Kills).
  9. It depends on what the Allies knew about these units and men at the time. After all, if they were aware of the atrocities these Pol.Scht.Rgt's committed would they employ them in the West as policemen instead of arresting them?
  10. That is probably one of the best Polizei sets that I have ever seen. I have uncovered a little bit 'extra' although it may, or may not, be the same person. The post-war Military Government of Germany slip of paper is signed by a Captain E.P. Bellamy of the (I think) Middlesex Rgt. If he was a member of the Royal Military Police attached to the Mx-Rgt then this could be the same person (if not then it is a big coincidence with the same rank, initials and surname and in the same period relating to the Military Police): (Taken from: Villains' Paradise: Britain's Underworld from the Spivs to the Krays)
  11. You must have his address so pass on the details to the UK Police. This is the constabulary that is responsible for the area he lives in... Norfolk Constabulary
  12. Very nice set. According to AHF I see that he is one of only two men in Pol.Schtz.Rgt. 31 to get the Bandenkampfabzeichen. Operations Cottbus & Hermann are well documented due to the amount of mass murders that were committed by the German & local troops, including Dirlewanger. Here is an English translation of the official report for Operation Cottbus... https://www.scribd.com/document/89091937/Translation-of-original-German-document-on-Operation-Cottbus-as-Reported-for-the-Period-of-22-6-43-3-7-43 I don't have any Bandekampfabzeichen related items as such but the closest I have is a Polizei Soldbuch where he was awarded 18 days towards the award which included 5 days for clearing the Bialystok Ghetto.
  13. After his time with KG Knaust it looks like he went back into the replacement and training units as there are a couple of entries for Panzergrenadier-Ersatz-und-Ausbildung Btl 361. The last entries are dated for March 1945 which show equipment being struck off but unfortunately there are no unit details next to the red lines that are crossed through the entries.
  14. The soldier survived the fighting and he was taken prisoner at the end of the war. Despite the heavy fighting at Arnhem the only award the soldier received during the entire war was the Eastern Front medal (Ostmedaille) which was issued for the winter of 1941/42. However, in October 1944 he was promoted to the NCO rank of Unteroffizier (page 1) so it is possible that this promotion is linked to his efforts at Arnhem.
  15. From pages 12 & 13 we can see that he spent some time in various hospitals in 1941, 1942 and 1944. In 1944 he suffered from a medical condition that is listed as 'skin and connective tissue problems' (Code 25) which covers a wide range of medical conditions and saw him stay in 3 different hospitals and was finally diagnosed with a contagious disease (Code 12). In June 1944 he was released from hospital and was sent to a replacement unit, namely Panzergrenadier-Ersatz Bataillon 64, by the 1st September 1944. It was this unit that would lead the soldier to Arnhem as it was used to help form Kampfgruppe Knaust, the battlegroup taking its name from the commander of Pz.Gren.Ers.Btl 64, Major Hans-Peter Knaust who would win the Knights Cross for Arnhem. The soldier would be assigned to 4.Kompanie. It was this battlegroup that opposed 2 PARA at the northern end of the bridge (now known as the Sir John Frost Bridge), having arrived there on the 18th September to relieve Bataillon 'Euling'.