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Peter, when is your book coming out on the Volkssturm? Great presentation and research again.

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Hi guys,

Thanks, but Bart was joking ...

 

A while back, I posted this document below.

The line : " Diese Bestätigung gilt auch gegenüber die Kartenstelle", (This certification is valid for the Kartenstelle as well)  I could not explain.

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Now I think I can ...

HABERLACH was "activated" in the 19th Battalion between February the 24th and April the 20th 1945.

In this timeframe he was considered to be a Wehrmacht-member.

The civil population received on a monthly base ration cards for bread, fat etc ...

As a drafted Volkssturmmann, HABERLACH did not recieve his civil ration (food) card any more, as he was fed by the Wehrmacht.

Berlin counted many "Kartenstellen" where these ration cards (Bezugscheine) were handed out. (Below those of TREPTOW, where HABERLACH lived)

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On April the 20th 1945, HABERLACH was dismissed from the Volkssturm and became an ordinary civilian.

He needed this document to proove that fact at the Kartenstelle, most likely for him in the Kopenicker Straße nr. 42

and to apply again for his civil rationcard as an inhabitant of Berlin.

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Hello friends,

I would like you to present some editions of the magazine "Deutscher Volkssturm - der Dienstappell"

This was a "weekly magazine" intended for the Volkssturm Company commanders to give propaganda and political guidance. 

These editions are nowadays  scarce

They have no date on them and most likely there were only a good dozen editions printed between November 1944 and March 1945.

The Bundes Archiv holds 10.

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In my collection I have 7 of those

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Edition 1

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Edition 4

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Edition 5

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Edition 6

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Edition 7

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Hello friends,

Recently I found the Wehrpass of the Berliner Alois KNOBLAUCH.

There is nothing special about it;  it just shows how the Germans were struggling to fill the ranks.

This man had, after his first classification a.v. Heimat, two new klassifications, G.V. Heimat, and later Bed. K.V.  

So the military administration almost succeeded in what the medical world could not achieve : curing the man ...

Here follows his - short - story. 

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Hello friends,

This week I managed to find a simple, but at the same time very meaningful Volkssturm document that illustrates the downfall of Germany in April 1945.

This is one of the (for me) most precious items in my collection.

Imagine you're the father or mother when your son comes home with this ... and the more if you consider the date(s) ...

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Hello friends

My last post: Werner ROHRER

" ... did he see combat action ?..."

" ... did he survive the war ? ..."

 

I found (with help) the sad answer ...

The boy was killed on April the 24th 1945, only 6 days after his 16th birthday en 8 days after becomming a member of the Berlin Volkssturm .... 

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A week later, the battle for Berlin was over ...

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Wonderful thread, your research it's just amazing! An example of what the passion can do!

 

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Hello friends,

The market has cooled down ... not many (for me)  interesting (Volkssturm) items to be found.

Nevertheless, some are coming my way right now and will pe presented soon.

 

In October 1944 the Volkssturm came into being.

On November the 12th 1944 the VS-men were paraded in the oath ceremonies. The well known YouTube movies show the Berlin parade.

There were of course many official photos taken, like this two (found on the WWW, from the Bundesarchiv):

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I could buy in the States a (Associated Press) wire-photo, showing the "oath ceremony of the Berlin Volkssturm", the backside of the photo has a February the 6th 1945 stamp.

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You can see that the, from Germany received, photo was enhanced with ink to get better newspaper print result.

 

But does this photo really show BERLIN-Volkssturm ?

There isn't much to use for research except the building in the background. If it was taken in Berlin (like the photo with GOEBBELS), the Pariser Platz with the Brandenburg Gate would be a "normal" location for such an event.

Researching the WWW for buildings on that spot brought a result: the Adlon Hotel. Using an old photo of that building, I combined it with the wire-photo.

Confirmation comes from the second photo (from above), most likely also Bundesarchiv -  that shows a part of the November the 12th parade in front of that same Adlon Hotel.

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So this is a confirmed Berlin photo. Most likely the day it was taken was on the same November the 12th 1944 as the Bundesarchiv photo, while the stamped date on the backside (February the 6th 1945) was the date the photo was transferred in Amerika, or used for print ...

Enjoy the week-end

 

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Good afternoon friends,

Here a new story ...

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Hello friends

After a hard struggle, I managed to buy a Berlin Flak Soldbuch.

Here is the story behind it ...

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Ahhh, so it was you that got the Turmflak Soldbuch. It's a nice addition and not a unit you see very often. It's strange to think that the young Gerhard  Friedrich would of known all of those men in the DRK Missing lists whereas to us they are just faces and/or names in a book.

Few, if anyone, could of done the Soldbuch justice in the way that you have. Thanks for posting.

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Hello Kevin

No it was not me who got it. I cursed a lot when I found out it was already sold ...

I just succeeded in finding the buyer and bargain (a lot!) with him; but now it's here :squint:.

Take care

Peter

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Going through the Verteidigungsbaschnitt A documents, looking for something particular, I found something else.

A written order for a - ground target - shooting exercise with the 12.8 cm guns of the Friedrichshain Flak tower.

"my" guy, Gerhard Friedrich was just 4 days on his post, when his battery had to do this ground target shooting.

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And how the organisation did look like ...

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Good morning friends,

The last weeks I was very occupied with the revision of my " Reichskanzlei-document" research paper.

A lot of new new data came up; I'm still waiting for some Berlin BArch files.

Last week I found a rare leaflet that "closes" the timeframe of my small battle for Berlin paper collection.

If one leaflet (Flugblatt) is symbolic for the start of this very short timeframe April 16th - May 2nd 1945, it is the one shown below (and already posted):

 

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Obviously; when BERLIN was finally taken by the Russians on May 2nd, the German "paperwork" in the city stopped.

Nevertheless, in the still by the German held parts of Germany this leaflet below was printed and dispersed. It does mention the death of Hitler in his command post in the Reichskanzlei on May 1st  (they didn't know at that time that it should be April 30th) "fighting the communists until his last breath"

This Leaflet was dispersed after the radio speech, held by DÖNITZ on the night of May 1st, and should therefore be dated May1st/2nd and thereby closes the timeframe of the battle for BERLIN.

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