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Nice little set. I wonder if that wound saved him from Stalingrad? There are two Heinrich Köhler's listed in the Volksbund Database as being Missing In Action since 1st January 1943 at Stalingrad (which tends to be a catch-all date for Stalingrad MIA of which there are no further records.)

 

The Wound Badge citation is signed by Wilhelm Boening who won the DKiG in September 1942.

The Assault Badge citation is signed by Carl Rodenburg who won both the Knights Cross & Oakleaves at Stalingrad.

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Cannot add more than our Documents specialist, thanks for sharing this Stalingrad related set. I - same with Kevin - wonder if the wound saved him from Stalingrad although it looks like it was signed in the field by the Kdr. so I don't think he went to hospital for it. I hope he made it out alive. 

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I think I have the German Red Cross Vermisstenbildliste for this battalion. If I do, it'll confirm if Köhler was MIA at Stalingrad. Will get back to everyone shortly. 

 

Jason

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Here is a citation set that I have had for a number of years. It belonged to a soldier in 10./IR 577 who took part in the fighting at Stalingrad, survived and fought with Grenadier-Regiment 954 of 362 ID in Italy.

 

The set consists of citations for the Infantry Assault Badge awarded on 16th September 1942 which is signed by Major Wilhelm Braun who was KIA in Stalingrad on 22nd January 1943. The EK II citation bears the stamped signature of Generalmajor Kurt Oppenländer and was awarded on 18th October 1942. The third citation is for the Black Wound Badge for a wound received on the 17th October. It was awarded from a Lazarett in Döbeln in November 1942 which shows that this injury saved his life as he had been evacuated. However while this citation bears the date for one injury, by looking at the last citation for the Wound Badge in Gold awarded in March 1945 it shows the dates for all his injuries and the soldier was in fact injured not only on the 17th October, but on the 14th, 15th & 17th October as well as in August 1942

 

During the period of 14-17th October IR 577 were pushing into the area of the Barrikady Gun Factory in the north of Stalingrad with 14 Pz.Div on the left and 24 Pz.Div on the right (see Pg 5 of Island Of Fire by Jason Mark for a map illustrating the general thrust). The fighting to take the complex exacted a heavy toll on 305 ID. On the 15th October the division suffered 53 KIA & 129 WIA. Uffz Lieberth suffered his final Stalingrad related injury on the day after elements of Colonel Lyudnikov's 138th Rifle Division had crossed the Volga and engaged the German forces in the wreckage of the Factory and workers housing settlements.

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Hi Kevin,

 

Thank you for showing your grouping and the informative description.

 

That wound did really safe your man out of the Stalingrad area.

 

It was already the fourth time that he was wounded as shown on his gold wound badge award document, although his award document in black says first wound, or were the first three wounds not serious enough ?

 

Best regards

 

Eric-Jan

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Hi Kevin,

It was already the fourth time that he was wounded as shown on his gold wound badge award document, although his award document in black says first wound, or were the first three wounds not serious enough ?

Best regards

Eric-Jan

That seems to me also very interesting...as you say not important wounds?

It is a fantastic set,Kevin.Thanks for the explanation!!!

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Kevin H.:

 

Thank you for sharing your excellent grouping with forum, great background information.

 

Best regards,

John

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To a member of a horse drawn supply unit. Signed by Martin Wandel 121st inf div. Killed during the battle for Stalingrad, posthumous KC. Stewy

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Nice example. Even though it is to a 'rear unit' I wouldn't be surprised if it was awarded for fighting off Russian troops trying to escape from the numerous summer encirclements.

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Good Evening,

Today I the postman brought me this pretty document. The "Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1.10.1938" was awarded to Unteroffizier Ernst Kleist of Kampfgeschwader 26.
Kleist was born on 02.03.1913 in Vettenbüttel, Schleswig-Holstein. His last rank would be Feldwebel in 1942. Feldwebel Kleist died on 08.12.1942 in Pitomnik, Stalingrad, where his Ju 52 of the San.Flugbereitschaft 3 was shot down by Russian Fighters. Ernst Kleist was the Mechanic on Board. The complete crew was KIA.
Kleist was only 29 years old.

This document was signed by later Oberst Joachim von Busse, who was an WW1 Flying Ace with 11 Victories. In 1945 Joachim von Busse was commander of the Insterburg airfield in East Prussia. He committed suicide after his men had demolished all installations on the site.

Thanks Kevin for more Info on Kleist!


All the Best,
Nicolas

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Thank you Bart! I found the Volksbund Entry of Kleist myself, but Kevin (hucks216)  helped me with the details of his death, as he found an entry in the Kracker Luftwaffe Archive.

An excellent website, which I can only recommend!

 

Best Regards,

Nicolas

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On that day the 79ID, along with StuG-Abt 244 & 245 and Jäger-Rgt 54 attacked against 39th Guards Rifle Division and the 193rd Rifle Division and captured part of the Red October steel factory. In the fightng 2 officers and 76 NCO/enlisted men were killed while 7 officers and 357 NCO/enlisted men were wounded.

(Source: Stalingrad Vol 1 The Bloody Fall by French MacLean)

 

Jason Mark's book Iron Cross Brigade covers the battle on that day from page 158-161.

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