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  1. Kevin H

    Mystery Soldaten

    It is still too hard to make out but the first unit that issued an EKM was Infanterie-Ersatz-Bataillon(?) 51 (might be 61 but could be something else). I.E.R-51 were formed in Liegnitz and initially used to train replacements for 18.Infanterie-Division then reformed in Gorlitz while I.E.R-61 were formed in München and initially used to train replacements for 7.Infanterie-Division. I.E.R-51 http://www.lexikon-der-wehrmacht.de/Gliederungen/InfErsBat/InfErsBat51-R.htm I.E.R-61 http://www.lexikon-der-wehrmacht.de/Gliederungen/InfErsBat/InfErsBat61-R.htm The '2' would usually be his number in the Kreigsstammrollen/Ranglisten Nr held by the unit. Without the rest of the Wehrpass there is no further information to be gained from page 1 & 2 except that the mention of Infanterie-Regiment 410 would date that entry for around or before October 1942 as after then it was renamed as a Grenadier-Regiment. You'll need to contact the Bundesarchiv to see if they have anything else.
  2. Kevin H

    Mystery Soldaten

    No, the Wehrpass was issued by Wehrbezirkskommando Köln - basically the regional recruiting office. The unit he served in first would of been the one to issue the EKM. For some reason the first EKM was cancelled out and the unit he would of been serving with at the time issued another one. He served in the Heer at least up until that point.
  3. Kevin H

    Mystery Soldaten

    It is hard to make out. His first issued EKM has been crossed out and I can not see the issuing unit and the second one looks like it has been issued by the HQ of the 3rd Battalion of Infantry Regiment 410 (122nd Infantry Division) - Stab III/Infanterie-Regiment 410 (122.Infanterie-Division). Bundesarchiv have the database for EKM's.
  4. Kevin H

    Mystery Soldaten

    If that is all you have I am afraid the chances of finding his service details are very slim from using the internet. However, if your friend has his date of birth then he can contact the Bundesarchiv and request a copy of his personnel file details if it still exists: https://www.bundesarchiv.de/EN/Content/Artikel/Artikel-ausserhalb-der-Navigation/Hinweise-milit-Unterlagen-persbez/benutzen-hinweise-militaerische-unterlagen-persbezogen-en.html P.S. That is a page from his Wehrpass, not Soldbuch.
  5. Here is a recent acquisition and one that has taken me 5 years to get hold of again after missing out on it the first time round. Wehrpass and citations to a sailor who served on the destroyer Z-1 Leberecht Maas and who is listed as being killed on 22nd February 1940. This would relate to Operation Wikinger when a fleet of German destroyers sailed on a sortie to attack British fishing boats in the North Sea on 19th February 1940. Unrelated, the Luftwaffe had decided to launch a previously postponed anti-shipping sweep over the North Sea on the same night and due to miscommunication and poor coordination between the Kriegsmarine and Luftwaffe, the destroyers were attacked by the Heinkel He-111 bombers. The Leberecht Maas was attacked twice and hit by 3 bombs which saw her break in two and sink with only 60 survivors. While the attack was underway and the rest of the ships went to the aid of the Leberect Maas one of the destroyers, Z-3 Max Schultz, exploded and sank believing to have sailed in to an unknown British minefield. She sank with no survivors. In all 578 sailors were killed by their own side and 2 destroyers lost. Although the entry for his death states 22nd February rather than the date of the 'action' this could mean that he survived the initial attack but died a couple of days later.
  6. Do you have a date of birth to help narrow it down? I have found an address for a Dr.Ing Eward Sachsenberg in 1941 Dresden.
  7. I think BDM & HJ has quite a good market although it has never appealed to me.
  8. Seeing the post above about Merenti, for those who collect paperwork, their previous auction and the next one due to begin in September is awash with fakes. The same goes for Loesch. They seem to be getting paperwork from the same dubious source but unfortunately they either don't have anyone to go through it all and weed it all out or they just don't care.
  9. That is a nice little set to someone in 5.Panzer-Division. It certainly has the look of something that has been carried for 5 years.
  10. That is a good gift for them to pass to you.
  11. Is the soldier related to the neighbours or did the neighbours pick them up knowing you are interested in them?
  12. I am sure some will of seen this announced on other forums but for those that don't know Ancestry in Germany have now added 2.4 million cards for those soldiers killed between 1939-1948 and although I am led to believe that those cards relating to late 1944 don't exist there may well be some for that period and 1945. So far the latest date I have been able to find a card file for is July 1944 but I have been told that there are some for later in 1944 and 1945. So far I have found card files for members in all 3 branches of the Wehrmacht, Waffen-SS (including Concentration Camp guards) and Polizei. Some have just one side of a card while others might have 2 or 3 double sided cards of information. If you have a Wehrpass or Soldbuch to a man killed in action then the chances are that the card files will tell you little new except that in a lot of examples the card files tell you how he died (gun shot to lungs, head injury etc) and where he was originally buried. But if all you have is a memorial card or a grave photo then you will be able to gain a lot of information such as his basic training unit, his last unit, dogtag details and so on. See below for a couple of examples. It would seem that people are having an approx 75-80% success rate in finding who they are looking for. This is already shaping up to be an incredible resource and I have already been told by one German collector that he has been able to find his Grandfather's card and despite the Red Cross, Volksbund & WASt not telling him about any burial details in the past there on the back of the card was his original grave details showing that he had received a proper burial from his comrades, something that has brought peace of mind to his remaining son & daughter 76 years later. But as with all things Ancestry, after your trial period ends you will need to subscribe to the site to obtain access.
  13. Seems like an interesting story to tell but I can't imagine it will be too detailed with just 150 pages.
  14. Latest addition and one I am very pleased with is this Soldbuch to an eventual Staffelkapitän in II/JG-2 who was shot down and killed during the Battle of Britain. There remains a degree of doubt as to the British unit that shot him down but it is believed to of been 602 Squadron with the Me-109 crashing in to the English Channel. The Operations Log Book and Combat Reports for 602 Squadron do show a single claim for a Me-109 on the day he was killed and it would appear that the pilot who made the claim was Flight Lieutenant Floyd who led Blue Section and would go on to make 21 kills during his wartime career and win the DFC & DSO. Although he went down in to the English Channel in September 1940, I would imagine to begin with his comrades might of been unaware of what happened to him. Even if they saw him go down they might of hoped he was picked up by the British and made a PoW. However, a full 15 months after the crash they then went back to the Soldbuch and filled in the details when no confirmation of him being made a PoW was received. The signatures seen are: Page 2 - Karl-Heinz Griesert who won the DKiG and made 34 kills before being killed in 1942. Page 22 - Erich Rudorffer - who won the Knights Cross & Swords and made 224 kills. Page 23 - Edgar Rempel - made 4 kills and killed in August 1940.
  15. Nice set of citations especially when reunited with the uniform. I like the shadow on the arm where the Kreta cuff band used to be.