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Obscure Unit SB & WP - Let's See Them

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In this section we have had an assortment of threads from the ID's of the well known to late war units. One that we haven't had is a thread showing the ID's of those men who served in the more obscure units of the Wehrmacht, those men & units that do not get a mention in books and unit histories but who still served. So if you have one to such a person, be they in a shelf stacking unit or a puddle pirate, let's see what obscurities are out there

 

This example is for a man who served in an example of an obscure unit. No power diving in a Stuka or polishing the 15" gun barrels of the Tirpitz for this serving soldier. He served in a railway kitchen unit, Eisenbahnkuchenwagen-Abt 2, serving up slop in a railway carriage. No awards for him, not even a KvK II Kl  for being generous with his ladle.

 

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Here is another one to an obscure unit but it is one that had an important job to do that enabled units to function. This man served in 2./Trägerfrequenz-Kompanie/648 and these units were responsible for setting up communication networks. In fact there were only 6 such Kp's in the Heer and this man saw service on the Leningrad front, the Caucasus and also Italy.

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WP to Uff. Johannes Blauth who was a member of the Hermann Göring Div. . Not unique in and of itself but what I liked about this WP is that Blauth served with the surveying and mapping branch of the division due to wounds he suffered earlier in the war.

References to this particular unit of the HG Div. have been difficult to find.

Jeremy

 

 

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Interesting thread, sadly have none myself as almost all are from one division now. Glad to see such units ! Their service and branch shouldn't be forgotten, some were very important and people outside the military don't always know that. 

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I have one which might fit here. This is the soldbuch of Franz Braun. Initially he was a very normal Pionier at the Eastern Front. But in 1944 he moved away from the front to some Technische Einsatzkompanie 13 which was later enlarged to a Bataillon. At first it seemed a bit illogical to move an experienced frontline soldier to some support unit behind the front but there was something more important to do. His unit supported the Reichsbahn in the Ruhrgebiet. They were the guys who had to keep the trains going. I have added a few pictures of the destruction of Essen to give an idea of their task (credits go to this very good web-site: http://www.trolley-mission.de ). Visible is huge destruction of the Krupp Werke and the city but also lines of trains in the background - so it seems their fight was not totally in vain.

They were probably based in Engste which is outside of Dortmund. A location which was relatively safe and from where they could reach all the cities in the Ruhrgebiet relatively quickly.

With the soldbuch came a confirmation that he was in the so called Luftkriegseinsatz (air-war) dated January 1945 and another one which allowed him to move in railway facilities in the Ruhrgebiet.

 

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Something for here. Not so interesting at first glance, just a radio guy. But this young man had a special
talent. For some reason he was able to speak Siam which is Thai (I think). This was probably the reason
why he ended up in a so called Nachrichten Fernaufklärungs Kompanie. He was trained as a Horchfunker and
probably that included training in the Russian language too. The job of those guys was to listen to Russian
communication and gather information of troop movements etc.

How important their job was becomes obvious from the attached copy. It is a letter of a Major in 1. Panzer Army
to Heeresgruppe A. He sais that Fernaufklärungskompanie 620 is their only way to find out of Russian intentions
now that air recon is so weak and few prisoners are brought in. He suggests that the Kompanie should not
be subordinated to Heeresgruppe A but rather that they share the service of this Kompanie between 1. Panzer
Armee and Heeresgruppe A. Quite a responsibility for such a small unit.

This young man would survive the war and would finally become the German ambassador in Birma.

 

 

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