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  1. Latest item to arrive is this Soldbuch to a member of Sanitäts-Kompanie 500 which was part of Panzerkorps Großdeutschland. The earliest date in the SB that relates to this unit is 1st September 1944 which means he was part of the Korps when it was formed. He was issued a number of rifles during his brief service, the last one being dated for February 1945 so he would of been present during the heavy fighting at Kohlholz and on the Oder Front and as he isn't listed in Volksbund and there isn't any Lazarett entries he could of been with the Korps until the end, including the Battle of Bautzen when Pz.Korps GD recaptured Bautzen and the surrounding area and inflicted heavy losses on the Polish 2nd Army in April 1945. The photo on the inside cover is an oddity in that it is a replacement photo as seen by the eagles in the top left of the photo being at completely different angles (and a second set of staple holes when viewing the front cover) and yet the signature on the photo matches that on page 2 and even runs off the photo and on to the inside cover and the the stamps are for 'San.Ers...' and his shoulder boards have a dark Waffenfarbe so I would say that it has been taken from another file and affixed in to the SB although why it hasn't been counter-stamped I've no idea.
  2. Thanks for the reply Justin (and apologies for the late reply). Would there of been a period handbook of cap tallies such as an 'official use only' example, or a manufacturers catalogue or sales board like you see for awards that could shed light?
  3. Kevin H

    Soldbuch Battleship Tirpitz

    Another nice example and the first I have seen for a sailor killed on the ship. A very good book on the many attempts by the British to sink the Tirpitz is 'Target Tirpitz' by Patrick Bishop. Can be found very cheaply on Amazon and worth picking up.
  4. An interesting story from an aspect not often covered when the evacuation is covered, those evacuated by U-Boat. And an interesting looking Soldbuch - nice signature for the U-Boat Badge from an Oakleaves winner.
  5. Not a unit I have heard of before. Here is an account of the fighting around Tebourba as seen by one of the British units fighting there: http://www.queensroyalsurreys.org.uk/ww2/algiera_to_tunis/algiers_tunis004.html And it mentions the fighting on the 3rd December: On 3rd December a particularly strong enemy attack was made with armour and infantry on Point 186 where A Company (Captain RAN Andrews) had been withstanding repeated attacks of increasing pressure for several days. In spite of stubborn and gallant resistance, the enemy succeeded in establishing themselves on the feature. This hill was the key to the Tebourba position. Colonel Wilberforce ordered an immediate counter-attack with Band C Companies. Medium gunners supported this attack which was launched with great gallantry. The two companies went right up the feature but were driven back on the summit by very heavy fire. Lieut E R Cecil led his platoon with conspicuous courage right to the crest when he himself was killed and his platoon sergeant wounded. Two company commanders, Captain Andrews and Major T A Buchanan, B Company, were wounded. With Point 186 lost the Tebourba positions,could no longer be held. To make matters worse, enemy armour had bypassed 2 Hampshires, cutting the Chouigi road and also the main road to Medjez behind 1 Surreys. The Brigade Commander, Brigadier E E E Cass, CBE.,DSO., now gave orders for 1 Surreys to withdraw. Lt Col Wilberforce ordered each company to thin out and retire to a location some miles back along the Medjez road.
  6. Ahhh, so it was you that got the Turmflak Soldbuch. It's a nice addition and not a unit you see very often. It's strange to think that the young Gerhard Friedrich would of known all of those men in the DRK Missing lists whereas to us they are just faces and/or names in a book. Few, if anyone, could of done the Soldbuch justice in the way that you have. Thanks for posting.
  7. It could be anywhere and nowhere to be honest. In the latter case it could of been destroyed during the last days of the War by an eager individual or a bombing raid. But also it could be that it is sitting in an archive somewhere, be that in Russia or even in BA-MA. I wonder how Deutsche-Dienstelle got his promotion details? Alternatively it could be 'out there' somewhere sitting in someone's private collection. If you go to www.lexikon-der-wehrmacht.de and select the option for the division in the Heer section and then scroll to the bottom the archive files are listed for the division which will at least cut down the cost in trying to locate them if you decide to go down that route but a lot of KTB were lost during the war through a fire at the archive.
  8. Considering she was laid down in 1936 was there ever any plans to issue a Bismarck cap tally?
  9. Kevin H

    Collection of JustinG

    Great to see. I like the aged appearance of the Emden cap tally, it adds a lot of character to it.
  10. Nice Soldbuch to an Obergefreiter who served in Werfer units during WW-2, firstly with Nebelwerfer-Abt 2 and then s.Werfer-Abt 3 (the former was used to form the latter.) Soldbuch is full of entries, including some showing post-war payments (not uncommon). He won the Assault Badge, Eastern Front Medal, EK II and Black Wound Badge. Soldbuch cover has had the swastika scratched off but all pages are present. Price: €230 Asking price includes shipping. Payment via Paypal ( +4%) or Bank Transfer.
  11. I like it. It just shows that you don't have to have a Soldbuch issued in 1939 for it to be packed with entries. If you check the Lexikon site, on the page for 212.Inf.Division they have a link for July 1944 that shows the location of the division just a day before the issue of the second Sturm and Nahkampftage.
  12. I would imagine the other citations are out there somewhere but who knows if they will ever show up. Unfortunately the citations don't come with the large folders.
  13. Here is a Wehrpass to an eventual Hauptmann who served in KG-254 & KG-54 and rose to the position of Staffelkapitän and then Gruppenkommandeur before going missing in Russia in 1941. The last signature on page 29 is that of future KG-54 Geschwaderkommodore and RKT, Otto Höhne. The campaign listings give a breakdown of his missions by number and it shows that he flew 4 missions during the invasion of Poland in 1939 and was awarded the EK II, and was also wounded in November 1939 for which he got the Black Wound Badge. At this time KG-54 were flying He-III bombers. He flew this type of bomber in the invasion of France in 1940 during which he flew 12 missions as Staffelkapitän of 3./KG-54 and on one of them his aircraft was attacked by RAF Hurricane fighters near Arras in the afternoon of 19th May. The aircraft was damaged and two men were wounded with Flieger Ogait dying in hospital the next day. For his service in France he received the EK I. During the Battle of Britain and The Blitz that followed he continued to fly as Staffelkapitän but in August & September 1940 during the height of the Battle of Britain he was temporarily appointed as Gruppenkommandeur of II/KG-54 and during this phase of the war he flew 25 missions over the UK. In December 1940 he went back to the position of Staffelkapitän, this time of 10./KG-54, before being officially appointed as a Gruppenkommandeur of IV/KG-54. Although this was the training unit of KG-54 that helped aircrews to bed in and learn the tactics of the bomber wing (a sort of Operational Training Unit) he did still see action in the invasion of Russia in 1941 by flying on a number of occasions with I & II/KG-54, which by now were flying Ju-88's. On 10th October 1941 the Gruppenkommandeur of I/KG-54, Hauptmann Freimann, was taken prisoner after his aircraft was brought down and Widmann found himself assigned as his replacement. However his time as Gruppenkommandeur only lasted 2 weeks as on the 25th October 1941, while attacking railway lines near Bylegorod, his aircraft disappeared without trace. The reason for the loss of Ju-88 B3+CB (WkNr 8665) was reported as unknown and the crew of Widmann, Lt Müngersdorff, Fw Bäcker & OFw Michaelis have been Missing in Action ever since.
  14. Kevin H

    Soldbuch Battleship Tirpitz

    Operation Tungsten (the air raid he was injured by) saw the loss of 4 aircraft - 3 Barracuda bombers and 1 Hellcat escort) - with 9 aircrew killed. The raid actually took place just a day after repairs were completed following the midget submarine attack the previous September. After that submarine attack Tirpitz was no longer a credible fighting force so her only use was to keep British heavy naval forces in Europe when really they were desperately needed in South-East Asia and the Pacific.
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    Soldbuch Battleship Tirpitz

    A rare Soldbuch to see, I think this is only the second Tirpitz Soldbuch I have seen. He was on Tirpitz by July 1943 so while the ship didn't do too much during his time aboard he did take part in the successful operation 'Sizilien' where a German naval task group carrying troops raided the Allied weather station on Spitzbergen. And just 2 weeks after that sortie Tirpitz was famously attacked and seriously damaged by Royal Navy midget submarines so if he was down in an engine space during that attack (bearing in mind that when the Germans became aware of the attack the ship tried to shift her berth so her engines were indeed running) he would of had the fright of his life when the explosives detonated. The Royal Navy air attack that injured the sailor was actually filmed and can be seen here The Tirpitz signature you see on page 3 is that of Karl Rautmann.
  16. And the seller revealed that he also had Widmann's citation for promotion to Hauptmann so we were able to agree a deal for both citations and as of this morning they have been reunited with the Wehrpass.
  17. A nice little update for this group. Last week I saw one of Widmann's promotion citations up for sale on M321. I put in a bid and thankfully no one put in a bid that topped mine. In fact I managed to get it for just €42.
  18. Unfortunately he isn't listed in Volksbund so we're no nearer to knowing where he was killed. It looks like he might of been in the area of Ljubetsch but that is just based on where the unit was located in 1943.
  19. It's not too far off, usually around €200 give or take €25.
  20. The place where he was killed isn't mentioned. What you see is the term F.d.Richtigkeit (Für die Richtigkeit). If you post his name and date of birth so someone can check he might be listed in the Volksbund database which might mention where he died. No idea who the Hauptmann is I'm afraid.
  21. The last 4 lines read: Sicherung der nachshublinien, Kampf mit versprengten Feindgruppen und Banditen im Heeresgebiet Mitte. Einsatz im Russland
  22. Sich.Btl 701 & 791 seems to of been in the area of Heeresgruppe Mitte so would of been used for security duties behind the front lines, guarding depots and the lines of communication plus taking part in anti-partisan actions. In 1943 Sich.Btl 791 were at Ljubetsch.
  23. EK's could also be awarded as a percentage award in that a unit would be issued a certain amount of awards and it was up to the unit to determine who got them so it was possible that the less deserving could get one just because he was in the commanding officer's good books. In the memoirs Artilleryman in Stalingrad the author mentions how frustrating it was that during a certain action a signaller would be awarded the EK while being back with the batteries and miles from the front relaying information from the forward observers.
  24. It could well be that he was responsible for something that kept him slightly behind the line and kept him out of assaults. The soldier in the SB above served in 4. & 2./Inf.Rgt 22 from 1939 to 1945 and the first award he got was the Ostmedaille followed by the Krimschild in 1942 and then the KvK in 1943. He didn't get the EK II until 1945. Maybe the division just wasn't as generous with combat awards as others.
  25. Another great set especially as you've been able to visit his burial place and add the grave photo to the group.