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Good afternoon, As an enthousiast of military history, I collect on a modest scale "paperwork" related to the Berlin Volkssturm and the final battle for that city (newspapers, propaganda leaflets, photos etc ...) but there is one major problem collecting this stuff: there isn't much to be found. Not living in Berlin or even in Germany doesn't help either ... As far as I know, there doesn't even exist an indeep study/work on the Berlin VS-organisation. All the "books" stay on a general level. Detailled information is very scarce ... For the hobby, I did some research and the result I would like to post here for "the benefit" of other Berlin VS-collectors (if there are others like me). Of course is every Information posted by forum members more then welcome. A while back, I was digging in some digital NARA documents and found to my great joy 5 Berlin NSDAP-Kreis PANKOW-WEIßENSEE documents (written between Februar 2nd and April 12th. This Kreis was the smallest in numbers of Ortsgruppen (22) but raised nevertheless 17 VS combat Companies. These were grouped into 5 Combat Bns. The 5 combat Bns that were drafted were: The NSDAP documents gave a good insight how complex the changes in the build-up of these VS-units were. I retraced for each of these 5 Bns the organisational and personnel changes. I kept the German text, Enjoy .... The complex organizational changes within those 5 VS-Kampf Bataillone explains why so many families of MIA and even surviving veterans, after the war, did not remember the exact unit they served in. Men were drafted in Company “X”, a sub-unit of Battalion “Y”. Then the Coy was renamed “Z” and perhaps transferred to Battalion “H”. Some days later a new Coy-commander was appointed, and knowing that the Companies were named after their commander, one understands easily the mix-up after the war. The most extreme example I found: February 2nd , Kompanie DRAACKE (3/811/2) active in Abschnitt A (Bärenfänger) February 12th, The Kompanie DRAACKE (3/811/2) with part of 3/803/6 is renamed 3/803/2. March 12th DRAACKE hands over command to BIESKE and takes over Coy 3/809/3 The name “Kompanie DRAACKE” was used for 3 different Companies with the same commander (in 2 different Battalions)! Regards, Peter
PeterPaul posted a topic in Political & Civilian Organizations of the Third ReichHi guys, what you think of this ID disk ?