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  1. Nötzel continued flying on raids over the UK against a variety of targets until mid-1941 and the experience gained in flying with a Pathfinder force stood him in good stead as he was then posted to the secret Erprobungsstelle Rechlin, one of the most important Luftwaffe test & research facilities. At Rechlin, Nötzel was assigned to Amt E4 which was responsible for the fitting, testing and evaluation of airborne electronic navigation and radio equipment. Alot of the work at Amt E4 was in cooperation with 15./KG-6 (and later KG-66) and aircraft were regularly flown to and from Rechlin to those units for equipment fitting and testing. It was seemingly during a test flight that Alfred Nötzel met his end as on 10th August 1943 while flying a He-III that belonged to 15./KG-6 the aircraft crashed near Cleve and killed the 4 man flight crew and injured 3 scientists (Dr's Herzog, Netzer & Owczarek of Abt F at Rechlin). Being from East Prussia originally it looks like his body was released to his family as he is buried near what is now Kaliningrad. Unfortunately despite help from the Rechlin museum staff I have not been able to identify the signature of the Stabs/Technisches Btl Hauptmann.
  2. Kevin H

    SB - Fallsch.Pz.Jg.Abt. 5

    Very nice example. It has that 'been there' look that I just love about SB's. As an aside, I realise that Luftwaffe 'air' units isn't your particular area of interest but when you have so many late war Paratroopers transferred over from such units it could bear fruit to dig a bit deeper. In your SB I can see a handful of signatures belonging to various Staffelkapitän and obviously while not always the case it is possible that in some cases those signers could possibly have won the DKiG, Ehrenpokal & /or RK which is always a bonus.
  3. Nice example. I thought I had seen that signature before. I have an example on a Westwall Medal citation dated for 1940 when he was an Oberst and Kommandeur of Infanterie Rgt 27. It belongs to Theo-Helmut Lieb and he won the Knights Cross on 7th February 1944 and the Oakleaves just 11 days later on the 18th February 1944. He earned the nickname 'Lion Of Cherkassy' in 1944.
  4. continued... German Order Of Battle, Vol 1: 1st-290th Infantry Divisions (ISBN: 978-0811734165) by Samuel W Mitcham - Not geatly detailed but handy to have book for a quick overview of a units actions. German Order Of Battle, Vol 2: 291st-999th Infantry Divisions, Named Infantry Divisions & Special Divisions (ISBN: 978-0811734370) by Samuel W Mitcham - Not geatly detailed but handy to have book for a quick overview of a units actions. German Order Of battle, Vol 3: Panzer, Pz.Grenadier & Waffen-SS Divisions (ISBN: 978-0811734387) by Samuel W Mitcham - Not geatly detailed but handy to have book for a quick overview of a units actions. Order Of Battle Of The German Army, February 1944 (ISBN: 978-1847349989) by Military Intelligence Division - Originally published as a classified work for Allied Command units during WW2 German Order Of Battle, Vol 1: Infantry in WW2 (ISBN: 978-1853673931) by George F Nafziger - Shows the theoretical OOB rather then actual for the units. German Order Of Battle, Vol 2: Panzers & Artillery in WW2 (ISBN: 978-1853673597) by George F Nafziger - Shows the theoretical OOB rather then actual for the units. German Order Of Battle, Vol 3: Waffen-SS & Other Units in WW2 (ISBN: 978-1580970587) by George F Nafziger - Shows the theoretical OOB rather then actual for the units. Die Deutsche Kriegsmarine 1939-1945, Vol 1 by W Lohmann & H H Hildebrandt - Covers the multitude of commands and units and who staffed them. Die Deutsche Kriegsmarine 1939-1945, Vol 2 by W Lohmann & H H Hildebrandt - Covers the multitude of commands and units and who staffed them. Die Deutsche Kriegsmarine 1939-1945, Vol 3 by W Lohmann & H H Hildebrandt - Gives basic assignment details for alot of KM Officers. Uniforms & Insignia Of The Großdeutschland Division, Vol 1 (ISBN: 978-0-7643-3342-2) by Scott Pritchett - Plenty of examples of various pieces of paperwork and photos. Uniforms & Insignia Of The Großdeutschland Division, Vol 2 (ISBN: 978-0-7643-3343-9) by Scott Pritchett - Plenty of examples of various pieces of paperwork and photos. Also provides signature examples (and alphabetical list) of numerous GD personalities, Document stamp examples, GD unit naming conventions, GD RKT (including Pothumous issue & those that did not survive the war), GD DKiG holders, GD Ehrenblattspange holders. Uniforms & Insignia Of The Großdeutschland Division, Vol 3 (ISBN: 978-0-7643-3543-3) by Scott Pritchett - Plenty of examples of various pieces of paperwork and photos. Die Träger des Deutschen Kreuzes in Gold - Das Heer by H Scheibert Die Träger des Deutschen Kreuzes in Gold - Kriegsmarine, Luftwaffe, Waffen-SS: Deutsches Kreuz in Silber - Heer, Kriegsmarine, Luftwaffe, Waffen-SS by H Scheibert Die Ritterkreuzträger der Luftwaffe: Band 1 - Jagdflieger 1939-1945 by Ernst Obermaier - I believe the 1966 print is dual German/English text while later prints are just German text. Die Ritterkreuzträger der Luftwaffe: Band 2 - Stuka und Schlachtflieger 1939-1945 by Ernst Obermaier Wehrpaß & Soldbuch by Antonio Scapini & Alberto Gorzanelli Bomber Units of the Luftwaffe 1933-1945 Volume 1 (ISBN: 978-1857802795) by Henry L. de Zeng and Douglas G. Stankey with Eddie J. Clark. This is a great source for formations and locations of the Luftwaffe's bomber force throughout the war. Bomber Units of the Luftwaffe 1933-1945 Volume 2 (ISBN: 978-1903223871) by Henry L. de Zeng and Douglas G. Stankey with Eddie J. Clark. Carries on where Vol 1 left off. Dive Bomber & Ground Attack Units Of The Luftwaffe 1939-1945 Vol 1 (ISBN: 978-1906537081) by Henry L.de Zeng and Douglas G.Stankey Dive Bomber & Ground Attack Units Of The Luftwaffe 1939-1945 Vol 2 by Henry L.de Zeng and Douglas G.Stankey Das Deutsche Heer 1939: Gliederung, Standorte, Stellenbesetzung und Verzeichnis sämtlicher Offiziere am 3.1.1939 - Lists the command/assignment positions of Heer Officers from Leutnant and above as they were on 3rd January 1939, including Wehrbezirkskommandos. Fire Brigades, The Panzer Divisions 1943-1945 (ISBN: 978-0921991922) by Kamen Nevenkin - Provides a good narrative history and a very structured OOB with organisational changes and monthly condition reports for all the Heer & SS Panzer Divisions (and Panzergrenadier Division GD). Each unit has a dedicated chapter.
  5. I believe the Oberleutnant's signature on the Demjanskschild citation is that of an Oberleutnant Richter but who he was or what department/unit he belonged to is unknown as far as I'm aware.
  6. That is a great set indeed. I have a set of 6 citations also to a member of Div.Füsilier Btl (A.A) 32 (but 4 Kp) although they span from December 1943 to June 1944. The EK I is signed by Generalleutnant Friedrich-Jobst Volckamer von Kirchensittenbach who won the DKiG on 3rd November 1943 and the Knights Cross on the 26th March 1944. The EK II is signed by Oberst Karl Hernekamp. The Assault Badge is signed by Georg Friedrich Moritz who won the DKiG 26th December 1941 and the Knights Cross on 28th April 1943. The Silver Wound Badge is signed by Alfred Küsel who won the DKiG 31st January 1944, the Ehrenblattspange on 27th October 1944 and the Knights Cross on 12th December 1944. So all in all a great set with some nice signatures on the citations. And thanks to your Close Combat Citation I have just been able to identify the signature on the Silver Wound Badge citation in my set - so thanks for the assistance in that.
  7. No doubt awarded for the rapid summer campaign and the large encirclement battles, or rather wounds received during them. Nice addition. The only 8 PD item I have is an EK I dated for March 1945.
  8. That looks like a great set. Any chance of some close-ups of the paperwork please?
  9. That is a nice example, especially with the way he was killed. The role/reaction of the Polish airforce in the 'Weiß' campaign is so little known.
  10. And this is the earliest Kriegsmarine KIA Wehrpass I have. Unfortunately it is a posthumous issue for the family so doesn't have his photo or signature in it but it does come with a couple of his citations (including a posthumous issue Minesweeper Badge citation) and some odds & ends paperwork wise. Machinenmaat Werner Brönstrup was killed when the escort vessel F-9 was sunk by the British submarine HMS Ursula on 14th December 1939. The actual targets of the submarine were the two cruisers Nürnberg & Leipzig which F-9 was escorting. Both cruisers had been damaged a few days before by an attack by another British submarine, HMS Salmon, but managed to escape the attack by Ursula. However, F-9 was hit by one of the torpedoes and was sunk. Among those killed was her captain Friedrich-Wilhelm Pindter who was also the Flottillenchef Geleitflottille. Werner Brönstrup is listed in the Volksbund Database. Service Award IV Class - dated 30th June 1939 and signed by Friedrich-Wilhelm Pindter Minesweeper Badge - dated 10th June 1941 and signed by Friedrich Ruge (RK 21st Oct 1941)
  11. Gefreiter Siegfried Jeworreck of Infanterie Regiment 93 of 13 Infanterie Division. Killed on 8th September 1939 at Odrzywol during the fighting for Radom. Ironically he was actually Polish by birth, being a Volksdeutsche born in Grudziadz (Graudenz).
  12. Gefreiter Helmut Voightmann of Infanterie Regiment 31 of 24 Infanterie Division. Killed on 11th September 1939 near Wola Zbrozkowa during the major Battle Of The Bzura.
  13. Schützen Erich Danielak of Infanterie Regiment 29 of 3 Infanterie Division. Killed on 15th September 1939 by a head shot.
  14. Wachmeister Josef Ley of Artillerie rgt 73 of 1 Panzer Division. Killed on 18th September 1939.
  15. Nice additions to your collection. I do have a soft spot for early war KIA Wehrpasse and Soldbucher (although early war KIA (1939/40) soldbucher are much harder to find then Wehrpasse). Here are the Polish campaign ones in my collection - in reverse order... Obergefreiter Lorenz Kalteis of Artillerie Rgt 157 of 57 Infanterie Division. Killed on 26th September 1939 by a sniper at Topolnica which is approx 30 miles north of Warsaw.
  16. It is always good when you can find items that belong to the specific units that you collect. I can't say that I have turned up any names that is a definitive match with the signature and as it belongs to a Hauptmann in the Ers. u. Ausb Btl 6 it could be hard to track down. I have found one name that it 'sort of' looks like (Nirrnheim) but he was a Major at a Kriegsschule Dresden.
  17. WW-2 - all bear the handsigned or stamped version of Wilhelm Keitel's signature and issued at FHQ KvK II Klasse mit Schwertern - dated 20th April 1941 KvK I Klasse mit Schwertern - dated 22nd April 1942 EK II Spange - dated 10th February 1943 Johann-Georg Schreyer was also awarded the Ehrendegen des RF SS & Totenkopfring der SS. His commands included: Befehlshaber der Ordnungspolizei Wehrkreis III (Berlin) 01 Sept 1939 - 01 April 1940 Kommandeur des Pol. Einsatzstab Südost (Anti-Partisan operations in Slovenia) Generalinspekteur der Schutzpolizei des Reiches March 1940 - June 1943 ab November 1944 beim Stab SS-Oberabschnitt "Spree”
  18. To be honest I am not really too sure but it could be an interesting discussion point. I can see where both opinions are coming from but personally I would say that the actual medal is the award while the certificate provides proof of the award being issued. On the EK citations it says In the name of the Führer (etc)....I award (Soldier)...The Iron Cross 1 (2) Class If it was the citation that was the award then I'd expect it to say something along the lines of: I award (Soldier)....The Citation For The Iron Cross 1 (2) Class I can't think of any off the top of my head but I'm sure there were occaisions where awards were entered into the Soldbuch & Wehrpass for which no citation was issued for whatever admin reason. But on the other hand, before the Ehrenblattspange came along in 1944 soldiers mentioned on the Honour Roll did receive a citation (Anerkennungsurkunde) for which no actual physical award existed so there we perhaps have the flip side of the argument.
  19. Thanks for the comments guys. I've attached a photo of Ernst Dominik. As for the blue image, it is just a pen sketch on the cover of a semi-transparent folder. When it was done I have no idea I'm afraid. I have attached an image showing the folder without the citations inside it.
  20. I am pleased to have it. His DKiG & High Seas Fleet citations came up for sale just after I bought these but I wasn't in a position to buy them and didn't agree to the price due to the condition of the DKiG citation which wasn't the best.
  21. Kevin H

    SB and add. papers FJR13

    Nice soldbuch and PoW mail. Have you been able to find out when he was finally released?
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