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  1. 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.
  2. That is a good gift for them to pass to you.
  3. Is the soldier related to the neighbours or did the neighbours pick them up knowing you are interested in them?
  4. 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.
  5. Seems like an interesting story to tell but I can't imagine it will be too detailed with just 150 pages.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. I had a look through a few books about different types of passes but didn't find that one so good to read the link. Makes it pretty clear what Volksliste classification he would of come under. The printed signature would be that of Hans Kohnert in that case.
  9. Look like membership cards for German related associations and related to the male Ausweis holder in the previous thread.
  10. Nice items for two people who have been granted temporary German citizenship. I think these are quite collectable and from a quick search prices range from 50 to 200 Euros (although Huesken's has the ones listed for just under 200 Euros so not really a good guide for value). There doesn't seem to be many of them on the market. Interesting article here that gives the 4 different classifications of the Volksliste (it is the Goolge translated version as it gives more detail than the actual English language page): https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=de&u=https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deutsche_Volksliste&prev=search
  11. What a lovely set. Do you know if she married after the war at all? He is now buried in the war cemetery in Vilnius.
  12. It has been a very long time since this thread was started but thanks to a friend in the US some more information has been uncovered which helps to form a bigger picture of Hans Wollenweber and his family and shows why it is worthwhile revisiting items in our collections to see if new information has come to light. Hans was the first of three children to Wilhelm & Frieda Wollenweber who were married in 1911 and sailed to the US in September/October of that year on the SS Pretoria (first image below. The Pretoria would be used as a troop ship by the US Navy after WW-1). They arrived in Philadelphia on 27th October 1911. After his birth his mother (the first photo below) took him back to Germany and returned to the US in 1913 (maybe showing off baby Hans to family in Germany). As can be seen on this departure list and the manifest for the SS Patricia (see picture below) he was just 7 months old when they returned to Washington DC. Hans sister was born in September 1914 in Germany so it looks like the family returned to Germany in 1914. However, the family history from then on leaves questions unanswered. Hans's mother died in Berlin in 1927 aged just 36 and his father died in the US in 1949 (see grave stone below). Han's brother was born in Germany in 1918 and died in Germany in 2001. However, his sister died in Washington DC in 1998 so did the father and daughter return to the US after the death of the mother leaving the boys behind with family in Germany or did they return after the war or at completely different times to each other? Further digging is needed but that question may never be answered. It looks like Hans stayed in Germany after the war and had two daughters from one relationship and also 2 other children with his wife (whether he was married twice is unknown.) He died in Germany in 2004.
  13. When he was killed he was the Colonel-in-Chief of Artillerie-Regiment 12, having been recalled back in to service on the eve of the war. Even though he had been set up by Hitler and his cronies Fritsch still remained loyal to Hitler and remained an anti-Semite to his dying day. He used to have a memorial on the spot he was killed in Warsaw but it was destroyed during the 1944 Uprising.
  14. That is an interesting piece of paper which I have never seen before. It was strange for someone with such a high rank commanding an artillery regiment and due to his high rank and the way he had been treated prior to the war in the well known 'Blomberg-Fritsch Affair' there were rumours at the time that he deliberately got himself killed, something that could well be true.
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