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  1. Kevin H

    Mystery Soldaten

    It is still too hard to make out but the first unit that issued an EKM was Infanterie-Ersatz-Bataillon(?) 51 (might be 61 but could be something else). I.E.R-51 were formed in Liegnitz and initially used to train replacements for 18.Infanterie-Division then reformed in Gorlitz while I.E.R-61 were formed in München and initially used to train replacements for 7.Infanterie-Division. I.E.R-51 http://www.lexikon-der-wehrmacht.de/Gliederungen/InfErsBat/InfErsBat51-R.htm I.E.R-61 http://www.lexikon-der-wehrmacht.de/Gliederungen/InfErsBat/InfErsBat61-R.htm The '2' would usually be his number in the Kreigsstammrollen/Ranglisten Nr held by the unit. Without the rest of the Wehrpass there is no further information to be gained from page 1 & 2 except that the mention of Infanterie-Regiment 410 would date that entry for around or before October 1942 as after then it was renamed as a Grenadier-Regiment. You'll need to contact the Bundesarchiv to see if they have anything else.
  2. Kevin H

    Mystery Soldaten

    No, the Wehrpass was issued by Wehrbezirkskommando Köln - basically the regional recruiting office. The unit he served in first would of been the one to issue the EKM. For some reason the first EKM was cancelled out and the unit he would of been serving with at the time issued another one. He served in the Heer at least up until that point.
  3. Kevin H

    Mystery Soldaten

    It is hard to make out. His first issued EKM has been crossed out and I can not see the issuing unit and the second one looks like it has been issued by the HQ of the 3rd Battalion of Infantry Regiment 410 (122nd Infantry Division) - Stab III/Infanterie-Regiment 410 (122.Infanterie-Division). Bundesarchiv have the database for EKM's.
  4. Kevin H

    Mystery Soldaten

    If that is all you have I am afraid the chances of finding his service details are very slim from using the internet. However, if your friend has his date of birth then he can contact the Bundesarchiv and request a copy of his personnel file details if it still exists: https://www.bundesarchiv.de/EN/Content/Artikel/Artikel-ausserhalb-der-Navigation/Hinweise-milit-Unterlagen-persbez/benutzen-hinweise-militaerische-unterlagen-persbezogen-en.html P.S. That is a page from his Wehrpass, not Soldbuch.
  5. Here is a recent acquisition and one that has taken me 5 years to get hold of again after missing out on it the first time round. Wehrpass and citations to a sailor who served on the destroyer Z-1 Leberecht Maas and who is listed as being killed on 22nd February 1940. This would relate to Operation Wikinger when a fleet of German destroyers sailed on a sortie to attack British fishing boats in the North Sea on 19th February 1940. Unrelated, the Luftwaffe had decided to launch a previously postponed anti-shipping sweep over the North Sea on the same night and due to miscommunication and poor coordination between the Kriegsmarine and Luftwaffe, the destroyers were attacked by the Heinkel He-111 bombers. The Leberecht Maas was attacked twice and hit by 3 bombs which saw her break in two and sink with only 60 survivors. While the attack was underway and the rest of the ships went to the aid of the Leberect Maas one of the destroyers, Z-3 Max Schultz, exploded and sank believing to have sailed in to an unknown British minefield. She sank with no survivors. In all 578 sailors were killed by their own side and 2 destroyers lost. Although the entry for his death states 22nd February rather than the date of the 'action' this could mean that he survived the initial attack but died a couple of days later.
  6. Do you have a date of birth to help narrow it down? I have found an address for a Dr.Ing Eward Sachsenberg in 1941 Dresden.
  7. I think BDM & HJ has quite a good market although it has never appealed to me.
  8. Seeing the post above about Merenti, for those who collect paperwork, their previous auction and the next one due to begin in September is awash with fakes. The same goes for Loesch. They seem to be getting paperwork from the same dubious source but unfortunately they either don't have anyone to go through it all and weed it all out or they just don't care.
  9. That is a nice little set to someone in 5.Panzer-Division. It certainly has the look of something that has been carried for 5 years.
  10. That is a good gift for them to pass to you.
  11. Is the soldier related to the neighbours or did the neighbours pick them up knowing you are interested in them?
  12. I am sure some will of seen this announced on other forums but for those that don't know Ancestry in Germany have now added 2.4 million cards for those soldiers killed between 1939-1948 and although I am led to believe that those cards relating to late 1944 don't exist there may well be some for that period and 1945. So far the latest date I have been able to find a card file for is July 1944 but I have been told that there are some for later in 1944 and 1945. So far I have found card files for members in all 3 branches of the Wehrmacht, Waffen-SS (including Concentration Camp guards) and Polizei. Some have just one side of a card while others might have 2 or 3 double sided cards of information. If you have a Wehrpass or Soldbuch to a man killed in action then the chances are that the card files will tell you little new except that in a lot of examples the card files tell you how he died (gun shot to lungs, head injury etc) and where he was originally buried. But if all you have is a memorial card or a grave photo then you will be able to gain a lot of information such as his basic training unit, his last unit, dogtag details and so on. See below for a couple of examples. It would seem that people are having an approx 75-80% success rate in finding who they are looking for. This is already shaping up to be an incredible resource and I have already been told by one German collector that he has been able to find his Grandfather's card and despite the Red Cross, Volksbund & WASt not telling him about any burial details in the past there on the back of the card was his original grave details showing that he had received a proper burial from his comrades, something that has brought peace of mind to his remaining son & daughter 76 years later. But as with all things Ancestry, after your trial period ends you will need to subscribe to the site to obtain access.
  13. Seems like an interesting story to tell but I can't imagine it will be too detailed with just 150 pages.
  14. Latest addition and one I am very pleased with is this Soldbuch to an eventual Staffelkapitän in II/JG-2 who was shot down and killed during the Battle of Britain. There remains a degree of doubt as to the British unit that shot him down but it is believed to of been 602 Squadron with the Me-109 crashing in to the English Channel. The Operations Log Book and Combat Reports for 602 Squadron do show a single claim for a Me-109 on the day he was killed and it would appear that the pilot who made the claim was Flight Lieutenant Floyd who led Blue Section and would go on to make 21 kills during his wartime career and win the DFC & DSO. Although he went down in to the English Channel in September 1940, I would imagine to begin with his comrades might of been unaware of what happened to him. Even if they saw him go down they might of hoped he was picked up by the British and made a PoW. However, a full 15 months after the crash they then went back to the Soldbuch and filled in the details when no confirmation of him being made a PoW was received. The signatures seen are: Page 2 - Karl-Heinz Griesert who won the DKiG and made 34 kills before being killed in 1942. Page 22 - Erich Rudorffer - who won the Knights Cross & Swords and made 224 kills. Page 23 - Edgar Rempel - made 4 kills and killed in August 1940.
  15. Show us your Luftwaffe Flying Units Documents The only formal DKiG citation I have is this example that was awarded to Heinz Frister who was a Bordfunker in 4./StG 77. He was also awarded the Ehrenpokal on 9th November 1942 although unfortunately this DKiG example is the only citation of Frister's that I own. I have no idea who Frister's pilot was unfortunately. Ther eis an Adolf Weiß who was a pilot with 4./StG 77 who was awarded the Knights Cross on 29th February 1944 but I don't know if this was a case of a Knights Cross taking longer to award then a DKiG for members of the same crew or is totally unrelated. The Göring signature is the usual auto-pen variety while the hand signed signature in the bottom right corner belongs to Bruno Loerzer (RK & Pour le mérite) The small stain in the corner was on the citation when I obtained it and is possibly some sort of residue from having been kept in a frame considering how straight it is.
  16. Nice set of citations especially when reunited with the uniform. I like the shadow on the arm where the Kreta cuff band used to be.
  17. I had a look through a few books about different types of passes but didn't find that one so good to read the link. Makes it pretty clear what Volksliste classification he would of come under. The printed signature would be that of Hans Kohnert in that case.
  18. Look like membership cards for German related associations and related to the male Ausweis holder in the previous thread.
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.