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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. This set is one I have had for a couple of years now and the interesting thing about it is that the soldier, who would go on to be promoted to Leutnant in the Infantry, was actually born in Washington, USA as noted in his Soldbuch and Passport! Hans Wollenweber initially served with IR 178 of 76 Infanterie-Division from 1940 to early 1941 when he was reassigned to IR 679 of 333 Infanterie-Division. After promotion to Leutnant in June 1942 he went back to 76 ID (IR 203) but come October 1942 he contracted Hepatitis while the division was fighting at Stalingrad. He spent 3 months in various hospitals, the first of which was Feldlazarett (mot.) 176, followed shortly after by another brief stay in a hospital with an ear problem. After his recovery he was reassigned back to 76 Infanterie-Division (Gren.Rgt 203) which was in France being reformed, rested and trained after its destruction at Stalingrad. In August the division went to Italy but was soon sent back to the Eastern Front where the Germans were fighting a desperate retreating action around Krivoi-Rog. In February 1944, Wollenweber was wounded in combat and spent a number of months in various hospitals. He never recovered fully from his injury and for the remainder of the war his knowledge of the English language was put to good use when he was assigned to an interpreter company in Berlin. During his military service Wollenweber received the EK II, Wound Badge in Black & Infantry Assault Badge. As well as serving in the military, Wollenweber was also active in the Nazi Forrestry organisation and was promoted within it a number of times, with two of the citations bearing the signature of Friedrich Alpers who won the Knights Cross, German Cross in Gold and held the Golden Party Badge.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. In a previous thread, members were asked to share their Wehrpass photos that showed the man in uniform (Wehrpass Photos). To compliment that thread I thought that I would start another, but this time for Soldbuch photos that show the man wearing awards. So, if you have an interesting photo on the inside cover of a Soldbuch that shows the man wearing such things as an EK I, Infantry Assault Badge, Pilots Badge and so on please feel free to share. Hans Jahn - Pz.Rgt 21 & 15 Günther Kern - RLM Josef Kröll - Jagdkommando 8 Paul Krzyzanowski - Various Inf.Rgts Martin Ludwig - Wehrkreisverwaltung I
  8. Panzer Assault Badge IV Stufe Name: Sunderhauf Unit: Führer-Panzerjäger-Abt 1 (FBD) Before - ORIGINAL After - Faked: Notice the adding of the '7' and the 'V'
  9. Panzer Assault Badge Name: Burkhardt Unit: Totenkopf
  10. I think it could be Verwaltungsanwärter.
  11. The publishers of Armourer magazine are going to be publishing a quarterly 132 page magazine from June 2019 that concentrates on German military history of both World Wars. Priced at £8.99 per issue and available as an actual magazine or a digital download version and it will be called Iron Cross: IRON CROSS QUARTERLY
  12. Another GD item, this being a Wehrpass for a soldier who served in 10./Inf.Rgt GD. He joined GD two months before the drive to capture Moscow in 1941 but that winter campaign was also the last campaign he saw action in as he was killed in the early months of 1942. During the push to Moscow he won the EK II in November 1941 for actions during the fighting for Tula. He was also posthumously awarded the Ost Medal.
  13. Kevin H

    26 Pz Div Traditions Abz

    There certainly does seem to be an increase of people coming in to the hobby just for the money, or collectors becoming purely dealers once they make a few £££.
  14. Kevin H

    26 Pz Div Traditions Abz

    As long as you were happy to pay it then its no drama. The drama belongs to the previous owner and the potential trouble maker, and it is something that happens more often than you think.
  15. Kevin H

    26 Pz Div Traditions Abz

    Nice little set and with a desirable citation. Just out of curiosity, how big is the Traditionsabzeichen citation? I have always thought it was a small size but it looks like a normal A5 size from the size of the stamp.I would imagine that the addition of the Nahkampftage list would really appeal to the collector of the Italian theater.
  16. The Feldpost number on the small travel document is for Luftwaffe-Jäger-Regiment 34 so it looks like he was transferred over from the Luftwaffe to the Heer late in the war. The Jäger-Rgt was formed in the West in 1943 (part of Luftwaffe-Feld-Division 17) and was destroyed in September 1944 fighting against the British & Canadians. He was transferred to the Heer and ended up in Hungary with 711.Infanterie-Division.
  17. The Soldbuch is fine, Gangl's signature is in the SB on numerous pages so it isn't half of one SB and half of another. Just curious as to why a unit he joined in 1944 is listed on page 4 but one that he served in before that is listed later in the book on page 17 when it should be the other way round.
  18. Aye, I have just seen the dates on page 15 for the big gun units which begs the question if he was (and he certainly was) with the Eisenbahn Artillerie units in 1943 why are they listed on page 17 when Werfer-Rgt 83 is listed before them on page 4 and yet the dates for Werfer-Rgt 83 on page 3 and 15 shows that he went to it afterwards? The signature you can see throughout the Soldbuch, including for the award entries is that of Josef Gangl who won the DKiG in March 1945. And the signature at the top of page 15 is that of Hauptmann Römer who as a Major commanded Eisenbahn-Artillerie-Abt 640 (I have never been able to find out his forename.)
  19. Very nice example. Not sure if the railway artillery units would still of had their big gusns by the time he joined them as he was still with Werfer-Rgt 83 until at least January 1945, but interesting none the less. Here is 'Bruno' of Batterie (E) 692 after being captured: https://www.worldwarphotos.info/gallery/germany/railway_gun/la-coucourde-france-27-cm-schneider-bruno-1944/
  20. It is fairly common, and it is also common for the medical unit to put down a different unit for the man.
  21. Please delete - member's thread has been moved in to this section.
  22. Please delete - member's thread has been moved in to this section.
  23. I'm not too sure we have many in this section with in depth knowledge of EKM's. Try the Heer, Kriegsmarine section which is just above this one on the main page. Hopefully you'll get your answers there.
  24. Kevin H

    Crashed BF 110

    What are the chances, however small, that there are two crash sites in the same vicinity, not necessarily from the same night but one German night fighter and one British bomber or a Mosquito intruder? Looking in the Nachtjagd book mentioned before there is no mention of NJG-6 being involved on the 28/29th January 1944 night raid but in the pilot listing it does mention Gunselmann as being killed on 29th January 1944 when his aircraft crashed near Celle and it confirms his unit as 11/NJG-6. In the book it does mention however that on the 29th January 1944 the night fighters of NJG-6 (although no mention of IV Gruppe) were vectored on to a daylight raid of the 8th Air Force that were attacking Frankfurt and lost 6 Me-110's. The 6th loss was a possible collision with a friendly aircraft while two P-38 Lightnings also collided and came down near Laudert.
  25. Thanks for the response and again I apologise for the delay in replying - life just gets in the way sometimes. It is intriguing to think that there just might be such a thing as a Bismarck tally out there somewhere either in a prototype form, a non-issued set stashed away in a place long forgotten or not to be revealed or one that got no further than a design on paper.
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