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  1. Nice Soldbuch from the most famous battle of Market Garden. Do you know where he served after Market Garden until the end of the war?
  2. Thank you for your reply Nicolas. Do you know where your relative died? Here are two more maps to illustrate where he was located.
  3. Hello all, I wrote down his story, so I have decided to post it here: Obergefreiter Hans Hengvoss was born on December 8th 1920 in Gudow, southeast of Mölln, as the son of Joachim Hengvoss and Elise Burmester. His Zweitschrift Soldbuch was opened on December 1st 1943, but by this time he was already in the military for a couple of years. Based on his age he probably joined the military after the western campaigns of 1940. As member of Infanterie-Regiment 6 (part of 30. Infanterie-Division), he was awarded the Black Wound Badge on October 11th 1941 and later the Ost Medal for service in Army Group North. By February 1942 Infanterie-Regiment 6 was surrounded in what became known as the Demyansk pocket, for which he was awarded the Demyansk shield. There he served in the northern sector of the pocket. In October 1943 he was awarded a Führerpaket, which included rest for three weeks at home. He was wounded a second time when he was hit by shrapnel in late February 1944 during the Soviet Leningrad-Novgorod offensive, which lifted the Siege of Leningrad. He was hospitalised until June 27th 1944. Afterwards he received a Genesungsurlaub until July 14th. After recovering from his wounds he was transferred to the Grenadier Ersatz Regiment 520 (part of Division Nr. 190), which was stationed in western Germany. From August 16th to the 31st he received an Einsatzurlaub. Soon after returning to his unit, Operation Market Garden started. When the Allied troops landed, Division Nr. 190 was rushed as reinforcements to the heights of the Groesbeek-Reichswald area, southeast of Nijmegen. His unit arrived a few days later and became part of General Eugen Meindl’s II. Fallschirmjäger Korps. There they had to defend the Groesbeek area against the American 82nd Airborne Division under the command of Brigadier General James Gavin. In late October 1944 his unit formed the Grenadier-Regiment 1226. On November 1st he was promoted to Obergefreiter. Early November 1944, Division Nr. 190 was renamed to the 190. Infanterie-Division. By this time his unit was stationed in Kleve, just east of Nijmegen across the German border. In January he was moved to the southern Dutch city of Venlo, where he defended the Meuse river against the Allies. Loss of the Meuse river meant an open passage to the Ruhr Area. Most likely by early to mid-February, Grenadier-Regiment 1226 retreated to Orsoy (today a district of Rheinberg), to defend the Rhine against the Canadians and British in Operation Veritable and the Americans in Operation Grenade. By March 5th the American 35th Infantry Division reached the outskirts of Rheinberg and managed to capture it by the 7th. From March 7th onwards the Grenadier Regiment 1226 tried to defend the villages north of Rheinberg against the Americans. On March 10th at 7:00 the Germans blew up their last held bridge over the Rhine near Wesel. At the same time the Germans attempted to evacuate as many troops as possible to the other side of the Rhine. Unfortunately Hans Hengvoss died on that day, probably north of Rheinberg, fighting the American 35th Infantry Division. On March 11th the Allies managed to clear the area west of the Rhine. The remaining German troops were taken prisoner. The Allies continued their advance on March 24th with Operation Varsity and Operation Plunder. Probably after the battle west of the Rhine had ended, his comrades or the authorities managed to collect his Soldbuch, Erkennungsmarke and other private possessions, which made their way to the Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt). Almost three years after his death, in February 1948, his family received his (bloody) possessions by mail. It must have been quite sad to receive his bloodstained possessions. He is buried in Mönchengladbach, some 40 kilometres south from where he died.
  4. Thank you for your kind words. Yes, it is indeed an unusual unit. The numbers are 808: Ian was able to find a period piece where s.s. is used for 'sehr schweres. In fact, Hans-Jürgen himself thought that he was being transferred to the SS, but soon he found out that it was in fact a Heeres-Flak unit. Early October he was transferred to the 338th I.D., although I must admit that the name of Pz. Jg. Abt. 338 is a bit misleading (and confusing), as Hans-Jürgen unit primarily functioned as a Heeres-Flak unit (using to my knowledge these type of weapons:
  5. Hello all, below you can see the Soldbuch of Hans-Jürgen Dethlefs, who was a member of Infanterie/Grenadier Regiment 154 (part of 58 Infanterie Division) in Russia (Leningrad, Demyansk, Nevel) and later on joined the 338th Infanterie Division on the Western front after the Allied invasion (mostly stationed in the Vosges Mountains and south-west Germany). He was given the following awards: - EKII (August 12th 1943) - Black Wound Badge (August 12th 1943) - Infanterie Sturmabzeichen (September 20th 1943) - Silver Wound Badge (January 30th 1945) - Please note that his SWB cannot be found in his SB The Soldbuch is part of a large grouping that includes many Feldpost letters, award documents, awards, photographs and many more items. As it is therefore hard to give a short overview of his life, I want to give the link to the extensive thread on the WAF that I just created: Best regards, Paul
  6. Thank you & Kevin. Yes, perhaps the right side of his face has got a nasty scar. At least from this side nothing suggests a wound/scar that might have prevented him from wearing a helmet. And with an entry like that you would expect a bald line or spot in his hair.
  7. Hello all, I would like to present this Soldbuch of Unteroffizier Hugo Müller. Hugo Müller was born on January 22nd 1910 in Kist Bei Würzburg in northern Bavaria. His Soldbuch was opened on January 27th 1940. Before joining the military he was a baker and already married. During the invasion of France he fought as part of Infanterie-Regiment 170 in northern France, ending his campaign west of Dole. In October 1940 he was transferred to Infanterie-Regiment 593, which was stationed between Cabourg and Insigny in northern France until February 1942. As part of Army Group South they moved into Russia in May 1942. In July they were stationed in Voronezh, where the Germans were attempting to move towards Stalingrad. In late September he was hit in the head by a grenade splinter, for which he was hospitalised until December 15th. A splinter also pierced through his Soldbuch. For his wound he was awarded the Silver Wound Badge on January 5th 1943 and was excused from wearing a helmet later on due to his wounds. After recovering from his wounds, he was transferred to the Jäger-Ersatz-Bataillon 56 which was stationed in Colmar in eastern France. In June 1943 he was diagnosed with malaria, for which he was hospitalised until August 12th. On October 3rd until the 18th he was hospital again because of stomach problems, which might have been a consequence of his malaria earlier. At age 33 he was transferred to Landesschützenbataillon 424, which was stationed in Wehrkreis V at Freiburg. There they had to guard prisoners of war. On March 1st 1944 he was promoted to Unteroffizier. One year later, with the allies already fighting through Germany, Müller joined the recently created Grenadier Regiment Donau 2 in March 1945. He was issued a Sturmgewehr 44 on March 23rd. The remaining parts surrendered to the American troops south of Blankenburg in the Harz Mountains, on April 12th 1945. Best regards, Paul
  8. My first Wehrpass was actually quite a good one. The man knew close to nothing (as did I) about passes, therefore I got it really cheap. It is a Poland KIA Wehrpass who was gunned down by a plane at the beginning of the war. I got my first Soldbuch some months later. It is not really that special, but I always liked the photograph.
  9. Might be a bit of a strech, but some years ago when I had just started collecting, I bought a relatively large grouping of photographs in The Hague of a FJ. The man got them at a flee market in a box years earlier, who in his turn got them from a distant relative of the FJ. He only knew his name and Feldpostnumber as they were stamped on the back of some of them. One day (!) later while I was browsing through the WAF website, I came across an identical photograph. Turned out a collector in Berlin owned more of his photographs, photo albums, award documents, diaries. sketches and much more. He got them from a relative of the FJ as well. To keep the story short, I was very fortunate that three months later he offered me the grouping and since then they are reunited! it has been the best moment of my collecting experience so far. The only items I'm probably missing are his Wehrpass (he's MIA so no Soldbuch) and his father Wehrpass and Soldbuch. Hopefully one day I'll be lucky again. This is the photograph. It was taken in December 1941 at the Leningrad front.
  10. Incredible Wehrpass Robert. I can't image more than a couple of Germans being killed in Luxembourg.
  11. Thank you for the kind words. I am very fortunate to show his deathcard, that a WAF member had offered to me.
  12. Yes, I'm also considering that possibility, as I'm not even sure whether there were allied ground troops in that region around that time.
  13. Thank you for the information. It is indeed unfortunate that there seems to be very little information about what happened in the area around the time of his death. Hopefully I'll find out later.