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Nebelwerfer-Regiment 52 Doc Killed in Action

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I got this little set a while ago however just have a little time now to share it with you. This set belonged to Kriegs-Offizier-Sanitäts-Anwärter Richard Bode belonged to a Nebelwerfer-Regiment until he died of his wounds in 1943.

 

From Febr.-July 42 he served with Infantry and Medical Service training units in Germany after which he was transferred to Werfer-Regiment 52, an independent Rocket Launcher unit, then operating in Russia ( a.o. Donez, Terek. Artemowsk ). The unit was a.o. attached to the 23.Pz.Div. as his Iron Cross 2nd Cl. was awarded to him by that unit (13-11-42). 25-4-43 he was injured by (aircraft) bomb splinters (left leg) due to which he died 18-6-43 in a military field hospital. Interesting and scarce group to a Rocket Launcher unit M.D. 

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Paperwork that came with it.

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Interesting that he got more foreign awards (2 x Romanian) than German ones! Good to see a few entries on the campaign page as sometimes it is the only way to get a fairly detailed idea of where such units fought.

 

Here is the Volksbund confirmation of his death:

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I like this group a lot! Not a typical Wehrpass which is a purely administrative document but one with that "has-been-there-feeling".

 

Initially I was very surprised that this trained doctor (!) spent two months in the lazarett with a wounded lower leg and finally died. This would have been a huge medical disaster I think :-)

But then I looked at it again and I think he must have died of a different wound two months later. Still a lot of bad luck to get wounded two times in two months in a Werfer unit in 1942.

 

And like Kevin said, a lot of foreign awards. I think medal-wise as a German soldier you were really lucky if you fought in the Southern part of the Eastern front in 41/42 because of those Romanian campaign medals you got as a little bonus.

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