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Kevin H

Z10 Hans Lody Soldbuch - Matrosen to Kapitänleutnant

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Here is a fairly recent addition to my collection and is a Soldbuch & Führungsbuch for a sailor who rose through the ranks to finish the war as a Kapitänleutnant (equivalent to a Lieutenant-Commander) in the Kriegsmarine.

Bruno Clausen joined the KM in 1930 as a Matrosen so began his career as a lower-deck sailor (to use a Royal Navy term to describe non-commissioned ranks) and trained with III Marineartillerieabteilung where he was trained on 15cm guns. In late 1931 he then went to the Torpedoschule where he remained for 8 months before being sent to the cruiser Königsberg where he remained until September 1933 when he returned to a Naval training establishment. There is then a large gap in his Führungsbuch as the next entries show that he joined the destroyer Hans Lody in January 1939.

As can be seen from the Soldbuch he was awarded the EK II in November 1939 and the Destroyer Badge in October 1940 and it was while serving on Z10 Hans Lody that he earned these two awards.

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Page 3 of the Führungsbuch has a list showing the dates of when the Hans Lody sailed on operations while Clausen was onboard and so he participated in not only the merchant warfare 'sweeps' through the North Sea in the early days of the war but also the offensive mine-laying operations near the Humber Estuary on 18-19th Nov 1939 and off the coast of Cromer in Norfolk on 6-7th December 1939. It was during this latter operation that the British destroyer HMS Jersey was badly damaged by a torpedo fired from one of the German destroyers.

He was also onboard when Hans Lody was part of the escorting force for Scharnhorst, Gneisenau & Admiral Hipper during Operation Juno in June 1940 and participated in the sinking of the tanker 'Juniper' and rescued 98 survivors from the Orama. On the way back to Drontheim on 9th June the Hans Lody captured a fishing vessel before escorting a bomb damaged Scharnhorst from Drontheim to Kiel.

(History of Z10 Hans Lody - http://www.german-navy.de/kriegsmarine/ships/destroyer/zerstorer1934a/z10hanslody/operations.html )

The Führungsbuch shows his progression through the ranks until he becomes an officer candidate in October 1940 and from his Soldbuch we have confirmation of his rise from Leutnant to eventual Kapitänleutnant, to which he was promoted on 1st December 1944.

Judging by the entires (and lack of) in the Führungsbuch and the entries in the SB it would appaer that Clausen left Z10 Hans Lody in late 1940 and spent the rest of the war at the Torpedoschule at Murwik where he was awarded the KvK II Kl mit Schwertern in April 1944 and the KvK I Kl mit Schwertern in April 1945.

As can be seen from the extra pieces of paper inserted into the front and back of his Soldbuch, after the war Bruno Clausen was employed in some capacity by the Royal Navy.

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And finally here are some of his 'write-ups' from his time on Z10 Hans Lody, taken from the Führungsbuch...

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Hi Kevin,

Thank you for showing a nicely filled in Kriegsmarine Soldbuch and Führungsbuch.

Best regards

Eric-Jan

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Super set Kevin ! The Führungsbuch is a much undervalued document in my opinion. Like a Soldbuch and Wehrpass combined-the best of both worlds.

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Thanks for the comments guys. The Führungsbuch wasn't originally part of the deal as the SB was listed by itself but after payng for it I was informed by the seller that he also had the Führungsbuch - In the sales thread for the Soldbuch the seller did mention that the officer served on the Hans Lody and I was wondering how he knew that so should of guessed that there was something else available.

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Kevin,

Lucky for you that after paying for the Soldbuch the Führungsbuch turned up too - so that you were able to buy and keep them together.

Sellers and dealers are sometimes very strange birds !

Best regards

Eric-Jan

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