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  1. In this section we have had an assortment of threads from the ID's of the well known to late war units. One that we haven't had is a thread showing the ID's of those men who served in the more obscure units of the Wehrmacht, those men & units that do not get a mention in books and unit histories but who still served. So if you have one to such a person, be they in a shelf stacking unit or a puddle pirate, let's see what obscurities are out there This example is for a man who served in an example of an obscure unit. No power diving in a Stuka or polishing the 15" gun barrels of the Tirpitz for this serving soldier. He served in a railway kitchen unit, Eisenbahnkuchenwagen-Abt 2, serving up slop in a railway carriage. No awards for him, not even a KvK II Kl for being generous with his ladle.
  2. And today it is Confronting Case Blue for £6.99 (plus shipping).
  3. The UK based book seller Naval & Military Press tends to offer big discounts on books on a fairly regular basis. With that in mind it might be a good idea to use this thread for all their offers as and when they appear. The discount runs tend to be for a limited number of books. First up is the latest offer. It is a limited discount run on 2 volumes of the book: ZHITOMIR-BERDICHEV . GERMAN OPERATIONS WEST OF KIEV JANUARY 10th - 31st 1944 For both volumes (total pages 612) the total cost (within the UK and including postage) is just £16.84. The two volumes are Volume 2 and the additional Map Book. ZHITOMIR-BERDICHEV
  4. The Tigers In Combat III book has now been reduced to just £9.99 plus shipping. That's an absolute bargain as the book is big.
  5. Kevin H

    A special plane in the end

    Another great item from your collection. Just like the transport guys, the reconnaissance aircrews don't get anywhere near as much coverage as the bomber & fighter crews even when they sometimes flew the same aircraft type and that is a pity. What were the citations you were able to get? Did he fly over Cholm during the siege there from January to May 1942? If so it is interesting to think that he could of been one of the pilots who took the photos that appear in the book Besieged.
  6. Kevin H

    Crashed BF 110

    You mention taking 34 losses in January 1944 but just 2 months later Bomber Command suffered their heaviest losses in the war for a single raid when they lost 96 aircraft on the raid on Nuremberg with a further 10 aircraft being written off when they got back to the UK, so 106 aircraft lost in total. In that number the RAF lost 545 airmen which surpasses the 449 fighter pilots lost in the whole of the Battle of Britain. The RAF losses for 27/28th January 1944 are covered in Volume 1 of Nachtjagd War Diaries - it does mention a collision between a Bf-110G-4 (G9+ML) of Oberleutnant Baake (who was the Staffelkapitän of 3./NJG-1) and a Lancaster (DS710) of 408 Squadron. The collision happened to the southwest of Aachen with both aircraft crashing at the Urftalsperre near Gemünd. Baake survived unscathed but his Bordfunker (Uffz Heinz Waldbauer) was killed. The Lancaster crew were all killed and are buried at the Rheinberg War Cemetery. Lancaster II DS710 EQ-A of 408 Squadron took off at 1747 from RAF Linton-on-Ouse Squadron Leader C W Smith DFC FCAF Flying Officer H R Wilson RCAF Sgt M F R Sorton Flying Officer D McD Sim (possible misprint) RCAF Flying Officer J D Teskey RCAF Flying Officer T K Canning RCAF Flight Sgt C W Frauts RCAF Pilot Officer J G Bennett RCAF.
  7. Latest offering is for a two volume history of a Waffen-SS division - both volumes for a combined cost of £24.99 (plus shipping): THE HISTORY OF THE GALICIAN DIVISION OF THE WAFFEN SS Volume One: On the Eastern Front: April 1943 to July 1944 & Volume Two: Stalin’s Nemesis Galician Division Book Link
  8. Here is a grouping that I bought last year to a member of Pz.Jäg.Abt 92 of the 20 Panzer Division. Otto Freitag joined 20 PD upon its forming in October 1940 and remained with Pz.Jäger.Abt 92 for the rest of the war during which it fought entirely on the Eastern front, primarily with Heeresgruppe Mitte but towards the final year of the war it was moved to various fronts in attempts to shore up the German defences. Not only did he stay with Pz.Jäger.Abt 92 but he also remainded with 2 Kompanie throughout. 20 PD participated in the major battles of encirclement in the summe rof 1941 and was also involved in the drive towards Moscow, before the Soviet counter-offensive drove them back.
  9. That is a pity but doesn't surprise me although I would of thought the best way to maximise the profit would of been to split the citations from the rest. I saw this for sale on Historical-Media a while back.
  10. KvK I Kl mit Schwertern (See Item #2 below for another item for this name) Name: Daxkobler Unit: Das Reich / Reich
  11. From a prolific seller of faked paperwork on M321: KvK II & I Kl + Schwertern Name: Zblewsky Unit: Abwehr
  12. Hermann Diederichs was killed at Stalingrad although the date given for his death is the general one used when the actual date of his death is unknown but was after the pocket was formed or when they are listed as missing - 01-01-1943.
  13. Kevin H

    Crashed BF 110

    Interesting to see that the parts are still just laying there. There must be so many similar sites across the whole of Europe with the relics on the surface or just below it.
  14. Panzer Assault Badge Name: Tulpin (See here for the EK II - Tulpin EK II Citation) Unit: SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt 5 "Totenkopf"
  15. Name: Pöhler Unit: Georg Thiele
  16. Name: Klaus Dembroski Unit: Transportstaffel II.Fliegerkorps
  17. EK II Name: Tulpin (See here for the PAB - Tulpin Panzer Assault Badge) Unit: SS-T.Pz.Gren.Rgt. "Th.Eicke"
  18. The latest offer is an absolute bargain - 5 books for just £54.89. The books in the bundle are the following: Tigers In Combat III Confronting Case Blue Honoring Those They Led Panzers & Allied Armour in Yugoslavia in WW-2 Uniforms of the German Soldier The published price for all 5 books is £254.89 so there is a massive saving of £200. As an example, Tigers in Combat III has a cheapest price on Amazon of £32 and Honoring Those They Led is listed for £24. https://www.naval-military-press.com/product/a-real-5-bundle-of-five-tittles-covering-the-military-history-of-germany-in-uniformsdecorations-eastern-front-campaigns-and-armoured-military-vehicles/
  19. Kevin H

    New Upcoming War Movies

    I finally got to see Journey's End last night and it is a good film. It is set in the days leading up to the German Spring Offensive and centers around a small group of officers who lead C Company from the mentally struggling senior officers to the straight out of training newcomer (played by Asa Butterfield who was the Commandants son in The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas). The German offensive is expected any day and the film builds up the tension and the psychological torment experienced by the officers including when a raid is ordered in broad daylight. For anyone expecting big battle scenes this is not that type of film but it is worth a watch.
  20. Show us your Kriegsmarine Award Documents DO NOT POST U-BOOT RELATED MATERIAL, PLEASE USE THE FOLLOWING LINKS TO EXCELLENT U-BOOT REFERENCE THREADS: - Show us your U-boot Award Documents - Award documents for the U-Boat Badge - U-Boat Death Cards - Uboot Sterbebilder ================================================================================================== I've had this for a while now but it is still one of my favourite KM sets. It is an EK II & I set to the eventual Second-in-Command of the Scharnhorst. Ernst Dominik won the DKiG and died when Scharnhorst was sunk by British Naval forces in the Barents Sea in December 1943. Both EK citations have darkened with age. The EK II is dated for 29th November 1939 and the only thing I can think of for his being awarded this is the attack on the British Northern Patrol which saw the sinking of the Armed Merchant Cruiser HMS Rawalpindi. Dominik joined Scharnhorst in January 1939, serving as her Flak Gunnery Officer, her Gunnery Officer and then rose to be her Second-in-Command in April 1943. A nice little extra is the small transparent folder that holds the EK citations and has a sketch of the Scharnhorst on it. EK II - Dated for November 1939 and signed by Wilhelm Marschall. EK I - Dated for July 1940 and signed by Günther Lütjens. Promotion - Dated for 1939 and signed by Erich Raeder. Scharnhorst: Kommandanten 01.1939 - 10.1939: Kapitän zur See Otto Ciliax 10.1939 - 03.1942: Kapitän zur See Kurt Caesar Hoffmann 03.1942 - 10.1943: Kapitän zur See Friedrich Hüffmeier 10.1943 - 12.1943: Kapitän zur See Fritz Hintze Erste Offiziere (IO): 01.1939 - 09.1941: Kapitän zur See Günther Schubert 09.1941 - 03.1942: Fregattenkapitän Hilmar Schroeter 03.1942 - 04.1943: Kapitän zur See Helmuth Gießler 04.1943 - 12.1943: Fregattenkapitän Ernst Dominik Navigationsoffiziere (NO): 01.1939 - 03.1941: Fregattenkapitän Helmuth Gießler 03.1942 - 02.1943: Fregattenkapitän Achim Teubner 02.1943 - 12.1943: Korvettenkapitän Edgar Lanz Erste Artillerieoffiziere (IAO): 01.1939 - 04.1941: Fregattenkapitän Wolf Löwisch 04.1941 - 02.1943: Korvettenkapitän Ernst Dominik 04.1943 - 12.1943: Korvettenkapitän Walter Bredenbreuker
  21. NARA holds the KTB for both 1.Sicherungs-Division (although some parts are only available from BA-MA) and also nearly the complete KTB for 13.VP-Flottille. It does say in the write-up that KTB for individual VP-Booten (those that still exist) are incorporated in to the relevant Flottillen KTB so you might be able to unearth lots of details for V-1306, including why she was grounded. It looks like the KTB for 13.VP-Flot. is covered in 11 Rolls, and NARA charges $130 for each Roll regardless of whether there are 4 pages in it or 2,004. These files are in the NARA T-1022 series.
  22. Could well be the marking for MTB 434. I have looked in the book Hitler's Forgotten Flottillas and there is no mention of any actions for late June/early July 1943. I dare say it was one of the many nightly clashes between British coastal forces and the German coastal convoys, or possibly a strafing attack from an aircraft. The book does mention 13.VP-Flottille for mid-March 1943 when they were escorting two cargo ships from Rotterdam which were attacked and sunk by MTB's.
  23. Nice citations. Do you know if he was still on V-1306 in 1944? On the 9th July MTB 434 of the Royal Navy was sunk in a battle with five Vorpostenbooten and V-1306 was one of them.
  24. An interesting snippet from Lexikon mentions how many awards were given out by the battalion: Neben anderen wurden an Soldaten vom Bataillon folgende Auszeichnungen verteilt: 2 Ritterkreuze, 7 Deutsche Kreuze in Gold, 51 Nahkampfspangen, 80 Eiserne Kreuze 1. Klasse, 485 Eiserne Kreuze 2. Klasse und 508 Sturmabzeichen.
  25. And yet I dare say that there were some who were fanatical enough and so believed in the Party's view that it was welcomed.