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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Another great set especially as you've been able to visit his burial place and add the grave photo to the group.
  4. That's a very nice set and thankfully still together (as far as we know). Too often that Krimschild citation would be sold on its own. The officer who signed the Wound Badge citation, Paul Leptihn, was a long serving member of Inf.Rgt 65. Here is his signature dated 1939 in a Soldbuch as a Kompanie-Chef. He went on to command Gren.Rgt 65 and finished the war as an Oberstleutnant.
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    Crashed BF 110

    Unfortunately nothing. Back-seater flyers are not nearly as known as the pilots so the amount of information on them tends to be far less. There is a book that I believe lists all night fighter crew losses but I don't own it. Here is a list of NJG losses although I dare say it's not complete. There's nothing listed for 28th January 1944. http://www.asisbiz.com/Luftwaffe/luftlossreg-njg-nordic.html
  6. I dare say that some were parted just through circumstances, maybe shared between family members with one member deciding to sell what they have or some lost (house fire maybe) but unfortunately a lot of it does come down to getting more money.
  7. It is always interesting to see such examples brought back together again after time apart. It just makes you wonder what else is out there from when the group was split up.
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    Crashed BF 110

    Hard to say. On the night of 28/29 The night fighter airfields in the Netherlands were also successfully targeted by Mosquito intruders. The new version of the Nachjagd War Diaries might cover it as they will have more detail but they are being released in instalments so it might take some time to find out.
  9. Kevin H

    Crashed BF 110

    D5+ belongs to NJG-3 by the looks of it. Unfortunately the old version of Nachjagd War Diaries doesn't really give many details for German losses. It does state that on the night of 28/29 January 1944 a Bf110 was shot down near Berlin by Mosquitos and for the night of 27/28 January it just states that 9 night fighters were brought down and only giving details for a couple. But based on the time it would be the first one mentioned.
  10. Kevin H

    Crashed BF 110

    Would you happen to have a date for the crash?
  11. It is indeed a generous and interesting gift. What is interesting is that the man, Willi Grote, is still listed as missing in action at Stalingrad which is where I/Flak-Rgt 9 were destroyed.
  12. True, but to be fair he isn't trying to sell them as genuine. He does state that he sells reproductions. It is when the next person has them in their hands that the problems begin.
  13. Nice example for a rare unit. These glider towing units (and the gliders) were used not just for resupply flights but also for evacuating troops in the years of retreat such as from the Kuban and Crimea in 1944.
  14. Once again, a nice set of citations and write up. You know how to add weight to the pieces of paper with the research.
  15. Last week I went on a small trip to visit the Concentration Camp at Mauthausen and three of it's sub-camps which are all named after the River Gusen that runs through the area. During the war the Nazi's placed all the main camps into 3 categories of harshness. Only three camps were placed in the top category, one was Gross Rosen while the other two were Mauthausen & Gusen. This placed Mauthausen higher than such places as Auschwitz and Lublin (Majdanek) and indicates just how little chance of survival the inmates were given. We (there were 5 of us) arrived on a cold, wet and dreary early evening so before we headed to the hotel we decided to just pay a quick visit to the camp to grab a photo of the camp under the gray skies which showed the camp as an imposing place. The next day was much better weather wise but still the camp cut an imposing presence with it's granite walls. The next two photos show the main entrance and due to this being at the top of an incline what when on inside the camp would of been hidden from the new arrivals until the last seconds. Only when standing in front of the gates can you see in to the camp and get a view of the buildings and Appellplatz.
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    You won't get this resolved unless you take legal action as mentioned before. It's obvious he has no intention of paying and the longer you leave it the less chance you have especially if he has already sold it on.
  17. N&MP Books are currently having their winter sale with some very good prices - some are those listed above but with further discounts. Just some examples taken from MANY pages of book listings covering every area and arena of interest: KNIGHT’S CROSS HOLDERS OF THE SS AND GERMAN POLICE 1940-45. VOLUME 1: MIERVALDIS ADAMSONS – GEORG HURDELBRINK - £5 UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL The Reality of Close-Quarter Fighting in World War II - £3.99 STRAF BATAILLON: HITLER'S PENAL BATTALIONS - £7.99 BERLIN 1945 BATTLEFIELD GUIDE PART I The Battle of the Oder-Neisse - £6.39 NIGHT OF THE INTRUDERS The Slaughter of Homeward Bound USAAF Mission 311 - £3.99 PRUSSIAN APOCALYPSE The Fall of Danzig 1945 - £3.99 MEMOIRS OF A STUKA PILOT - £3.19 CONFRONTING CASE BLUE Briansk Front’s Attempt to Derail the German Drive to the Caucasus, July 1942 - £10.39 TIGERS IN COMBAT III Operation, Training, Tactics - £22.40 DAY FIGHTERS IN DEFENCE OF THE REICH A War Diary, 1942-45 - £7.99 ITALIAN FOLGORE PARACHUTE DIVISION Operations in North Africa 1940-43 - £9.59 BATTLE FOR THE CHANNEL The First Month of the Battle of Britain 10 July- 10 August - £6.39 Naval & Military Press Book Sale
  18. That isn't the same person. The signer is holding the Wehrmacht rank of Hauptmann and in 1942 Geschke was based in Prague at the head of the Sipo rather than in a recruiting district in what is now northwest Poland.
  19. You will need to show a clear image of it for people to see. I take it you are posting images from an iPad (hence the sideways images)?
  20. It would indicate Polizei.
  21. While the Medical Codes for the non-Naval Wehrmacht Soldbuch entries are well known thanks to various books and threads on various forums, what are much less well known are the medical codes used by the Kriegsmarine, which extended way beyond the usual 36 - for instance, for the usual medical code entry '16' the KM had sixteen different definitions! The same could be said for numerous other examples so that where the usual medical codes went up to 36, the KM's went up to 196! Not many people know where to find the definitions for these KM codes which can be frustrating when trying to decipher KM Soldbucher. So please find attached images of some pages from a 1950's publication called 'Die Krankheits Nummern Der Ehemaligen Wehrmacht' which not only provides the Medical Codes for different eras from 1896 to 1945 but Column 7 provides the codes & definitions for the Kriegsmarine, and alongside it in Column 8 is the more commonly known Wehrmacht codes.
  22. This Soldbuch is the only example I have in my collection that relates directly to the fighting at Arnhem during Operation Market Garden. This soldier was born in February 1913 in Stettin and his Soldbuch was issued in August 1939. Having undergone training he spent the first few years of the war with artillery units, including Artillery Rgt 175 of 75 Infantry Division on the Eastern Front. We can also see on page 5 that his father passed away on 29th December 1941.
  23. It looks as if the Czech archives have digitised their wares and have now put them online. There are many related to KZ Camp Guards and I wouldn't mind betting that if someone has such an example in their collection it could well of come from this archive. The alphabetical listing... KZ Wehrpäße Interesting example No 1 - notice how the photo hasn't been stamped. If it appeared on the market people could well flag that up... http://www.vuapraha.cz/sites/default/files/SS WEHRPASS/M/mankovits_josef.pdf Interesting example No 2 - served in an infantry regiment before eventually going to the 'death factory' Auschwitz-Birkenau... http://www.vuapraha.cz/sites/default/files/SS WEHRPASS/F/fischer_simon.pdf
  24. Most definitely some have and I wouldn't mind betting that any that show the guard at Flossenburg as the last entry late in the war comes from there. But the ones shown on the archive pages are still in the archives, or were when the pages were scanned, so the photos were in the WP when scanned rather than taken from the archive and then had a photo added to them.
  25. It was quite common for personnel from the Luftwaffe to be transferred to the camps late in the war. You tend to see them on the market with those assigned to Sachsenhausen although they tend to be quite old.