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Another SB of my favourite! ?
Josef Schiel entlisted in 1940. He fought in Russia under the 96. ID with the Infanterie-Regiment 283. Here was woundend in 1942 a the left arm and left (?). He was hospitalized till December 1942. He received for this wound the VWA in Schwarz and the Ostmedal for his duty on the eastern front. 
In 1944 the situation for the German Army was quite hard on all fronts. He returned again on active service first with the F.E.B 671 of the 715. ID in Italy. Probably end of September 1944. The unit had several losses during the fight on the Gotich Line (Ronta - Poggio Prefetto - Colla - Muraglione). I found a Bundes Archiv Files where the 715. ID states the strenght of his unit after this battles (21. September 1944): 
The GR.735 who was invested by the main Allied offensive had only 120 mans, including Officer and NCO!! Was completely invested by the attack and suffered lots of losses in 10 days. 
This documents stated the strenght of FEB 671 too: 150 soldier (with on Bersaglieri Company of the italian Socialist Republic.) Probably Schiel was yet in this unit at the time. 
He was drafted in the GR. 735 on October 1944, see the K98 entry on this month. During the following months the German Army used all his forces to stop the Allied offensive on the Gothic Line, at the end of the year the front was stabilized. The final offensive  would be resumed in April 1945. 
Schiel was involved in all this fights. The unit faced the 8th Infantry Division (Indian) along the Marradi - Faenza road and the 6th Armoured Division. 
Here 2 maps of the operations: 

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The SB...
He had a K43 in January 1945, interesting! 

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info on this unit? Why the payment wasn't written by the 715.ID?

And the awards!

I hope you like this little SB

 

Greetings from Italy,

Pietro 

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Another nice Italian theatre example. I can't say I've read much on the fighting in Italy although I recently finished reading Italy's Sorrow by James Holland.

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Nice item - I wonder if there was once an additional paper on page 12 & 13. He was in Lazaretts after 1942 too.

Questions is - do you also have an ID document of a member of such a Bersaglieri Company? I would love to see that ?

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Many thanks, guys!

Unfortunately they are quiet rare items! This Company was a very little unit and after the war the Italian Socialist Republic items were destroyed by their possesor.

Here an intresting video of this unit the Ocotber 1944 period.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42QyUWCHucQ

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