Michael Kuligowski

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1919 map case luftwaffe mint

this one is from my old collection, I had it for about 20 yrs - always stored in the bag inside a footlocker put away from sunlight, dust, humidity and flies shitting on it. This one will be hard .. if not impossible to upgrade.  comes with 1940 dated map folder and map location: California

Michael Kuligowski

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M43 hat TODT textbook, vet bringback

very nice vet bringback, untouched and textbook

Michael Kuligowski

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M40 helmet, no decal 66 size

just a ordinary work horse of german army, big size, liner wasnt messed with, just the way it was found

Jon stiffler

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Luftwaffe tropical cap

 Very nice tropical side cap with original re-applied eagle 

Jon stiffler

Created a topic in group "German Militaria"

less than a week ago

Tropical side cap

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Tyler Machalk

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Panzer flag

Nice panzer flag up for grabs. Guaranteed origional 

Griffin

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Hitler Youth Knife

Hitler Youth knife

Tyler Machalk

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less than a week ago

Mothers cross set with documents!

Mothers cross set with all three award documents! Different mothers but not an easy set to find and put together.  The Mothers Cross gold is the "Dotted i" varient. Selling as a set. Guarenteed origional as is everything else listed by me.

Tyler Machalk

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Personalized Heer Dagger

Paid $550 fron epicartifacts years ago. My loss is your gain. Reguardless, this is a beautiful dagger.

Tyler Machalk

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Gas flag marker

Not many things in this hobby have skulls are priced like this. Looks great in a collection.

Tyler Machalk

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Huge reference book

Over 960 pages full of photos of just about everything. US only for this.

Tyler Machalk

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German helmets guides

Two great book on Ww2 German helmets. Version 2 has color photos.

Tyler Machalk

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Tinnies collector guides

Each book covers over 400 tinnies.

Tyler Machalk

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Parade flag

Roughly 14.5 - 10 inches Double sided

Tyler Machalk

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Standart Tinnies

Much cheaper than the standards! Add some character to your cases with some colorful flag tinnies. 

Tyler Machalk

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Cloth Dkig

Heer backed DKIG in cloth. Will display nicely. Have not seen many cloth backings on these. Guaranteed origional. 

Tyler Machalk

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B.H. Mayer Spange

Beauitiful super nice frosty spange. Looking into pricing this with a more accurate number. If interested, send a PM.

Tyler Machalk

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Meybauer Spange

L/13 Is Paul Meybauer. A desireable maker!

Tyler Machalk

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Ww1 Iron Cross

Marked K.O. No ribbon with this Iron Cross

Tyler Machalk

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War Merrit Cross

Nice piece that can be sold with the WMC with swords listed previosuly.

Tyler Machalk

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War merrit cross with swords

War mettit cross with swords. Has some extra ribbon on it. Nice clean piece

Tyler Machalk

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Ek2

Nice patina on this one. Comes with the ribbon pictured.

Tyler Machalk

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Cased Iron Cross 1st class

Cased iron cross 1st class. The Ek1 and case I bought seperatly.

Tyler Machalk

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Ww1 grouping

Super cool ww1 named grouping of a first class iron cross and a 1924 Der Stahlhelm membership badge.

Tyler Machalk

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6 dot Close combat clasp

Bronze grade. The CCC was established in 1942. Over 36,000 were awarded. Requirements - 15 close combat battles 

Tyler Machalk

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Hitler Youth Armband

The tag according to some RZM guide does not belong on it so it is priced as if the tag is not there. Price includes US shipping. Friends and family or we can split the Goods and Services option.

Tyler Machalk

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Luftschultz medic armband

Really nice bleed pattern on this printed armband. I could not find another currently on the market. Price includes US shipping. Friends and family or we can split the Goods and Services option.

Tyler Machalk

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Volkstrum armband

One of the better looking styles that I have owned. Price includes US shipping. Friends and family or we can split the Goods and Services option.

Tyler Machalk

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Rlb Leaders Armband

RLB leaders armband. A great looking original. I have sold these for $180+ and this one is the lowest price I have ever offered one. Grab it while its here. Price includes US shipping. Friends and family or we can split the Goods and Services option.

Tyler Machalk

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SA armband w tag - mint

Mint SA armband with RZM tag. Price includes US shipping. Friends and family or we can split the Goods and Services option.

Tyler Machalk

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Veteran Leaders Armband

Veteran leaders armband - NSKRB Great armband, only need to sell to fund a future purchase. Price includes US shipping. Friends and family or we can split the Goods and Services option.

Lincoln Whitehead

Created a topic in group "Collections/Display"

about a week ago

Pioneer gear

Anyone by any chance got a unrestored, complete, Officer/enlisted pioneer uniform? 

about a week ago

Good luck on your search. I hope one shows up here!

about a week ago

Thanks matey! Really hoping as well!

Tyler Machalk

Created a topic in group "New Member Introduction"

about a month ago

Welcome to Freedom2collect!

Thank you for being apart of Freedom2collet!

Please take a moment to introduce yourself.

What/who got you started with collecting militaria?
How long have you been collecting?

What is your area of your collection? (Country/time/branch/etc)
What items are you currently looking to add to your collection?

What would you like to see brought to Freedom2collect?
What can be done better? Do you have any questions?

You can add photos to your posts by clicking the picture frame in the toolbar above the text box when making a new post. 
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Tyler Machalk

Created a topic in group "Admin/Updates"

about a month ago

More Mobile Guides!

Tyler Machalk

Created a topic in group "US Militaria"

about a month ago

New purchase

Here are some pictures to a recent purchase I made. I hope you like it as much as I do :)

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Tyler Machalk

Created a topic in group "Admin/Updates"

about a month ago

Militaria Guides

I hope you are all out enjoying the Show of Shows!
I am closing in on 200 active militaria guides made for you and our community.
A lot of items are covered, but I need help getting all the variants and making sure that all are accepted as original. 

www.freedom2collect.xyz/militariaguides

Peter Mongelli

Created a topic in group "Collections/Display"

about a month ago

My Collection Room Video

about a month ago

Everywhere in your war room there is something to be spotted!

about a month ago

Thanks My Brother.  Has gotten a bit busy but it is all organized best I can.  Glad you like it.

Peter

about a month ago

Great Collection!

Love it All !
Mel

Alexander Stevense

Created a topic in group "Collections/Display"

about a month ago

My small and modest German collection

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about a month ago

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about a month ago

Well Done!  Bravo!

Peter

about a month ago

Great Collection!


Love it All !

Mel

Tyler Machalk

Created a topic in group "German Militaria"

about a month ago

Militaria Guides

Mobile guides in your pocket while you're at the Show of shows!
https://freedom2collect.xyz/militariaguides

about a month ago

Click the link above to see over 150 areas of mobile guides!1079x616Reply here

Tyler Machalk

Created a topic in group "Admin/Updates"

a couple of months ago

Huge guide update!

I have added over 100 items into our guide area today. I have about 50 more to do tonight before I go to bed. 

Please share these guides with your friends.
If you have something we don't have added, send me a message.
-Tyler

Tyler Machalk

Created a topic in group "US Militaria"

a couple of months ago

101st Airborne

On Dec 16, German artillery began the Battle of the Bulge. Brigadier General McAuliffe with the 101st Airborne Division arrived soon after. On Dec 22, the Germans asked for the American surrender, McAuliffe answered "Nuts!" The next day allowed airstrikes and parachuting of much-needed supplies. On Dec. 26, troops under General Patton broke from the impasse.1081x1131

Tyler Machalk

Created a topic in group "German Militaria"

a couple of months ago

Named set

I wish I had more information about this guy but im affraid his history is lost with time. 

I bought this at a garage sale a few hours away from where I live. I included the spanges in the background as they were with the named set when I picked them up.

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Tyler Machalk

Created a topic in group "US Militaria"

a couple of months ago

Monopoly Game

These Monopoly games were used in Ww2 by POWs. POWs were able to hide things in the game. 

The Red Cross where able to get Monopoly games into the camps where POWs where being held.

Money, compasses, files, and anything else to help the prisoners escape were hidden in these games. 

Here is my set without the board. (It would not fit in my light box) NFS286x381

Tyler Fogg

Created a topic in group "Collections/Display"

a couple of months ago

WW2 Pharmacists mate helmets.

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Jason Karlen

Created a topic in group "Collections/Display"

a couple of months ago

Soldbücher and Wehrpasse

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a couple of months ago

This is a portion of my identity book collection.  I research every soldier and write a brief history of their experiences.  Researching paper makes the war much more personal and you really get to "know" each person.

a couple of months ago

? only a portion!? I really enjoy reading your work. Pm sent my friend

a couple of months ago

Tyler - I tend to hoard them. :)

Tyler Machalk

Created a topic in group "Firearms Forum"

a couple of months ago

Norwegian Capture :)

The barrel has been redone for 30-06. If you look closely, you may can see pins through the stock to repair it. I am only sharing this and it is not for sale. :)286x286

Hans Kristian Lauritsen

Created a topic in group "Collections/Display"

a couple of months ago

Medical Collection

Hi All, 

As a medical collector of exclusively germen items, I would like to share e few tunics with you from my collection:

First off a medical 4-pocket tunic that was carried over from the DLV-period - see pocket configuration.

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a couple of months ago

Why does the pictures not come out right..?..

anyway, here another LW tunic, this time a fliegerbluse to a feldwebel.

Best regards
Hans Kristian

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a couple of months ago

Amazing! Medical items fascinate me also. They are a whole different bread of badass.


a couple of months ago

Message sent about the photos loading sideways.
Should be able to fix that soon, with your help

I also upgraded your account for posting :)

Thank you,
Tyler

a couple of months ago

Thanks Tyler, 

For uploading the pictures I used the button "upload to Imgur" in the menu. That is all.


Should I continue to upload to the same thread..?..I have some 25-27 medical uniforms.

Best regards,
Hans Kristian

a couple of months ago

I encourage you to post as many as you would like, I hope we can get to the bottom of why the pictures are uploading sideways for you.. Hope to see some more posts from you :)

a couple of months ago

Next tunic up, a Heer unteroffizier, probably a walk-out dress (made in France (Lille)).1081x709

a couple of months ago

Next tunic up, a Heer unteroffizier, probably a walk-out dress (made in France (Lille)).1081x709

a couple of months ago

Close-up of the insignia...
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a couple of months ago

An amazing medic collection! I love bullion insignia.

I think you have your pictures saved sideways on your computer..

a couple of months ago

Hi Tyler,

NO, I have not, but I can try to put them sideways before I post.

Tyler Machalk

Created a topic in group "Admin/Updates"

a couple of months ago

Invite your friends!

Tell your friends about us! Send them our link Www.Freedom2collect.xyZ
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Tyler Machalk

Created a topic in group "German Militaria"

a couple of months ago

A piece of my collection

Just a couple pieces from my personal collection. Need to make a day just to take photos so I can share more with better photos. I hope to see more members here share their collections/hobby with the rest of us!
(SS tinnie in the last picture is not real)

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a couple of months ago

Very Nice Tyler!

a couple of months ago

Thank you! :D 

about a month ago

Great Collection!


Love it All !

Mel

Tyler Fogg

Created a topic in group "US Militaria"

a couple of months ago

Always looking for more

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a couple of months ago

Wow, leave me one out there!

a couple of months ago

Never ?

Tyler Fogg

Created a topic in group "Collections/Display"

a couple of months ago

My happy place

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a couple of months ago

Wonderful

a couple of months ago

Thank you!

a couple of months ago

Do I see 2 4-pocket tunics from LW medical personel in the back..?..a S.O.B., Fahnenjunker feldwebel and a San.-Obergefreiter..?..if, so, could we see more..?..

Cheers,
Hans Kristian

a couple of months ago

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a couple of months ago

Reply here

a couple of months ago

Tyler, thanks, these are 2 really nice tunics you have there. 
Does the ROB have a medical insignia on the left sleeve..?..

Best regards,

Hans Kristian

a couple of months ago

I only have  have 1 tunic with insignias  on the left sleeve. the one without insignias is truly a beauty

a couple of months ago

Yes, I fully agree that It is indeed a beauty.

Tyler Machalk

Created a topic in group "German Militaria"

a couple of months ago

Photo Contest winner - Emil Prokop

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a couple of months ago

Beautiful!

Tyler Machalk

Created a topic in group "US Militaria"

a couple of months ago

Photo Contest winner - Colby Burl

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Tyler Machalk

Created a topic in group "Admin/Updates"

a couple of months ago

The future is here!

Thank you for your patience! Not much longer and my great team should have Freedom2collect optimized for our community!

Tyler Machalk

Created a topic in group "Admin/Updates"

a couple of months ago

Under Maintenance

Please be patient while we work on the future of Freedom2collect!

Tyler Machalk

Created a topic in group ""

less than a year ago

Unteroffizier Friedrich Brey – 1/Pionier Bataillon 12 (12 Infanterie Division/12 Volksgrenadier Divsion) POW

<p>Replacement Soldbuch for Unteroffizier Friedrich Brey – 1/Pionier Bataillon 12 (12 Infanterie Division/12 Volksgrenadier Divsion)&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541088434.screen-shot-2018-11-01-at-11-07-14-am.png" style="width: 921px;"></p><p>Unteroffizier Friedrich Brey’s replacement soldbuch was opened on 23 Jun 43. Even though it is a replacement, there are several entries transferred to it from his prior service. Evidence including his Erkennungsmarke entry shows that he continuously served with Pionier Bataillon 12 prewar and for the entirety of the conflict. Friedrich was born on 22 Jan 17 in Tribsees which is in northern Germany east of Rostock.</p><p>Before his military service, he worked as a confectioner (“konditor”).</p><p>Unfortunately, the photo was removed from the book sometime after the war.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541088493.screen-shot-2018-11-01-at-11-08-12-am.png" style="width: 598px;"></p><p>The earliest entry in the soldbuch are for immunizations on 12 Dec 38 so it’s likely that his military service started in that timeframe. With Pionier Bataillon 12, he was stationed in Schwerin and they were attached to the 12 Infanterie Division.</p><p>On 12 Jul 39, Friedrich and his comrades boarded ships and were moved to Pillau (modern day Baltiysk, Russia). With the attack on Poland on 1 Sep 39, his unit fought Polish border positions east of Mlakowo. They reached the Narew between Ostroleka and Rozan after six days.</p><p>Subsequently, the division marched to Siedlce and then east past Warsaw to the area north of Garwolin.</p><p>After the end of the Polish campaign, Friedrich served as an occupation troop in Poland. In Dec 39, they were moved back to Siegkries southeast of Koln.</p><p>On 1 Feb 40, Friedrich was promoted to Oberpionier although this rank is not shown on page 1 due to it being a replacement book.</p><p>In preparation for the attack on France, Friedrich and his comrades were moved to Prüm near the Luxembourg border. They attacked through this country, through Belgium, and crossed the Meuse in France. They broke through the Maginot Line in the Trélon - Ohain area. Then they pursued the French into the area around Arras - Monchy. During the second phase of the campaign, the division marched all the way to Nantes. After the ceasefire, the division remained in western France as a garrison troop.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541088580.screen-shot-2018-11-01-at-11-09-29-am.png" style="width: 921px;"></p><p>At the end of May 41 the division moved to East Prussia.&nbsp;</p><p>In June 1941 the division joined Operation Barbarossa under Army Group North as an element of the 16th Army. It took part in Army Group North's capture of the Latvian city of Daugavpils, sweeping northeastward to Leningrad where it was finally stopped in its tracks at the outskirts of Leningrad. Friedrich demonstrated heroism during this advance and was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class on 28 Oct 41 by the 12 Infanterie Division.</p><p>In Jan 42, the Soviets counterattacked trying to relieve the siege of Leningrad. During this time, Friedrich had 4 close combat days recorded: 18, 22, 23, and 29 Jan.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541088628.screen-shot-2018-11-01-at-11-10-26-am.png" style="width: 921px;"></p><p>During the early months of 1942, the II Army Corps was subject to a Soviet counteroffensive to relieve Leningrad, resulting in five army divisions (the 12th, included) and the SS-Totenkopf division being encircled along with several other elements of the 16th Army in the Demjansk Pocket. There were about 90000 German soldiers and 10000 auxiliaries trapped in this pocket. Planes containing supplies were flown in to aid the divisions while they were in the pocket for some 81 days between 8 Feb-20 Mar. There were roughly 64000 German casualties in the pocket before they were relieved and over 200 aircraft were lost in the operation. While liberated, the 12 Infanterie Division left the pocket in a much-weakened state.</p><p>During Friedrich’s time in the pocket, he had a bout of appendicitis. He was hospitalized for it within the pocket (Kriegslazarett 2/608) between 28 Feb-23 Mar 42.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541088705.screen-shot-2018-11-01-at-11-11-35-am.png" style="width: 921px;"><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541088715.screen-shot-2018-11-01-at-11-11-44-am.png" style="width: 921px;"></p><p>Not surprisingly, Friedrich was awarded the Ostmedaille on 23 Jul 42.</p><p>Friedrich and his comrades continued to hold the Demjansk area until mid-Mar 43 when they abandoned it to the Soviets. He continued to distinguish himself on the battlefield and was awarded the Iron Cross 1st Class by Pionier Battailon 12 on 25 Aug 42. Shortly afterwards he went on leave from 30 Sep-21 Oct 42.</p><p>From Demjansk, they fought south of Staraya Russa. Here the division remained until the autumn of 43, when it was relocated to Nevel. Interestingly, on 10 Jul 43 Friedrich had a dental examination which indicates he had 10 replaced teeth(!).</p><p>From 3-24 Aug 43, he again went on leave.</p><p>1 Dec 43 was a substantial day for Friedrich as he was promoted to Stabsgefreiter and was awarded the Demjanskschild.</p><p>At the end of December 1943, his unit was moved to the Belorussian city of Vitebsk where they suffered heavy losses. Here he was wounded by shrapnel and hospitalized in succession Siedice, Poland and then to Rothenburg ob der Tauber from 19 Jan-7 May.</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541088771.screen-shot-2018-11-01-at-11-12-49-am.png" style="width: 921px;"></p><p>Once again, Friedrich was rewarded for his bravery and was promoted to Unteroffizier on 1 Feb 44.</p><p>On 16 Mar 44, he was given a Führergeschenk and on 30 Mar he was awarded the Wound Badge in Black.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541088805.screen-shot-2018-11-01-at-11-13-25-am.png" style="width: 921px;"></p><p>After his hospital stay, he went on convalescent leave from 6 May–5 Jun 44. Before he could return to his unit, he was again hospitalized 1-7 Jul in Schwedt on der Oder for mumps. This event was a real blessing as his unit was completely destroyed during Operation Bagration.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541088844.screen-shot-2018-11-01-at-11-13-59-am.png" style="width: 921px;"></p><p>In Aug and Sep 44, the division was reconstituted and renamed the 12 Volksgrenadier Division. It had a strength of 12,800 men. With Allied forces approaching the Siegfried Line, they were relocated to Aachen to stem the advance. In the area Stolberg east of Aachen there were heavy defensive battles.</p><p>On 20 Oct 44, Friedrich was issued an MP40 for the duration of the war.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541088882.screen-shot-2018-11-01-at-11-14-39-am.png" style="width: 921px;"></p><p>As shown on the Close Combat days cited above, Friedrich had his 5th recorded on 15 Nov 44 at Weisweiler which is between Aachen and Düren.</p><p>Additionally, the soldbuch lists Friedrich’s qualifications for the General Assault Badge.</p><p>On 25 Nov 44, he recorded his 3rd Assault Day and he was awarded the badge on 12 Dec 44.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541088924.screen-shot-2018-11-01-at-11-15-26-am.png" style="width: 921px;"></p><p>Shortly afterwards, Friedrich was in the attack during the Battle of Bulge on 16 Dec 44. He was on the far right wing of the 5th Panzer Army and protected the flank of the leading on Malmédy. After the abortion of the offensive and the subsequent retreat battles to the west wall, the 12th Volksgrenadier Division was used under the command of the 7th Army on the Rhine, in Aachen and the Eifel.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541088970.screen-shot-2018-11-01-at-11-16-09-am.png" style="width: 921px;"></p><p>From 21 Jan-3 Feb 45, Friedrich was again hospitalized – this time for scabies in Feldlazarett 2/562.</p><p>After American troops broke through at Remagen, The entire Army Group B was outflanked in the triangle Dortmund - Dusseldorf - Cologne and included in the Ruhrkessel. On 12 Apr 45, the division capitulated in the Siegen area.</p><p>Friedrich’s POW number is recorded on page 1 of the soldbuch – 791752. He was released from imprisonment on 16 Dec 45. Included with the soldbuch is his discharge paper.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541089044.screen-shot-2018-11-01-at-11-17-06-am.png" style="width: 921px;"></p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541089063.screen-shot-2018-11-01-at-11-17-15-am.png" style="width: 694px;"></p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541089106.screen-shot-2018-11-01-at-11-17-24-am.png" style="width: 921px;">All work above was put together and researched by Jason Karlen. Thank you for allowing your work to be shared on Freedom2collect.<br></p>

Tyler Machalk

Created a topic in group ""

less than a year ago

Unteroffizier Goohs - Panzer Aufklärungs Abt. 26 - 26 Panzer Division (Tied to war crimes)

<p>Soldbuch for Unteroffizier Goohs - Panzer Aufklärungs Abt. 26 - 26 Panzer Division&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541085935.screen-shot-2018-11-01-at-10-25-09-am.png" style="width: 921px;"></p><p>Unteroffizier Johannes Goohs spent his entire military career with the 23 Infanterie Division which subsequently became the 26 Panzer Division. Unfortunately, his photo is missing from the soldbuch so we don’t know what he looked like, but he was 5’7” tall, had a medium build, oval face, dark blonde hair, and brown eyes. He was born in 1910 in Kaiserslautern.</p><p>Before the war, he worked as a butcher and he was a Protestant.</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541086010.screen-shot-2018-11-01-at-10-26-21-am.png" style="width: 572px;"></p><p>He started his active service on 11 September 1939 with the 1/Artillerie Ersatz Abteilung 23 which was set up in Potsdam. He was promoted to Oberkanonier to Gefreiter to Obergefreiter with this unit.</p><p>Sometime between Jan and Jun 1942, he was transferred to the Radfahr Abteilung 23 which was a bicycle scout unit in the 23 Infantry Division in Army Group Center on the Eastern Front. He received his final promotion to Unteroffizier with this unit.</p><p>The bicycle unit was redesignated as Kradschutzen Battailon 6 on 15 Sep 42 when the 23 Infanterie Division was sent to France and Belgium for refitting; this change in name indicates they moved from bicylces to motorcycles.</p><p>The division itself was redesignated as the 26 Panzer Division and was moved to occupation and coastal defense duty in France. Johannes’&nbsp;unit became the Panzer Aufklärungs Abteilung 26 on 1 Apr 43 and was mechanized. During that time, on 20 April 1943 (Hitler’s birthday), Johannes was awarded the War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords.</p><p>Unfortunately why he got the award is lost to history.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541086083.screen-shot-2018-11-01-at-10-27-38-am.png" style="width: 921px;"></p><p>In July 1943, the Division was hastily shipped to Italy due to the country’s quick exit from the war. The&nbsp;unit fought in many of the most notable battles in Italy: Salerno (Sep 43), Cassino (Nov-Dec 43), Anzio (Jan-Jun 44), etc.</p><p>Johannes was admitted to the hospital on 21 Jun 44 for malaria and stayed there until 2 Aug 44. He went on leave from 5-22 Aug 44 to visit his wife Rosa in Berlin. Immediately upon returning to his unit, a dark chapter occurred….&nbsp;</p><p>In response to a partisan attack on 23 Aug 44, Panzer Aufklärungs Abtailung 26 exectued 162 (some sources say 176) civilians at Padule di Fucecchio near Florence. Divisional commander Eduard Crasemann and the battalion commander Josef Strauch were convicted of this crime post-war.</p><p>From reading the command assessments of the 26 Panzer Division during these months, there are repeated statements that the reconnaissance unit was fairly undisciplined and that many of the senior NCOs had been killed or wounded which resulted in a lack of leadership. That could help explain the atrocity.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541086172.screen-shot-2018-11-01-at-10-29-14-am.png" style="width: 584px;"></p><p>The unit continued to fight in Northern Italy for the remainder of the war and eventually surrendered to the British at Bologna in May 1945.</p><p>An interesting sidenote: the original 23 Infanterie Division was known as “Grenadierkopf” and had a distinctive badge worn on their caps. When the 23rd became the 26th Panzer, the soldiers continued to wear the badge. Confusingly, a new 23rd Infantrie Division was set up on 23 Oct 42. Subsequently, that new division wanted to wear the distinctive cap device and prevent the 26th Panzer soldiers from wearing it.</p><p>Surprisingly, this controversy went to the Fuhrer himself who decided that the 26th Panzer could continue wearing it, but added a panzer wheel to the background.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541086241.screen-shot-2018-11-01-at-10-30-06-am.png" style="width: 921px;"></p><p>There are two entries in Johannes’ soldbuch authorizing him to wear this “grenadierkopf” badge by order of the OKH!</p><p>Additionally, Johannes was issued an MP40 machinepistol near war’s end on 15 Apr 45. Johannes apparently survived the war. It appears that his POW number was entered on page 1 of the soldbuch – 1.584.735.&nbsp;</p><p>All work above was put together and researched by Jason Karlen. Thank you for allowing your work to be shared on Freedom2collect.</p>

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less than a year ago

Unteroffiziere Walter Fruth – Infanterie/Grenadier Regiment 253 (34th Infanterie Division) (C/DH)

<p>Soldbuch for Unteroffiziere Walter Fruth – Infanterie/Grenadier Regiment 253 (34th Infanterie Division)&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541085109.screen-shot-2018-11-01-at-10-11-24-am.png" style="width: 921px;"></p><p>Unteroffiziere Walter Fruth spent his entire career with Infanterie Regiment 253 of the 34 Infanterie Division. Unfortunately, the photo was removed sometime during the war so we do not know what he looks like; he was 5’10”, thin, oval face, dark blonde hair, and had gray-brown eyes. He was born in 1920 in Eppstein which is near Frankfurt. The soldbuch was opened on 4 Oct 40 right after Walter’s 20th birthday. Before joining the Wehrmacht, he worked as a construction worker according to page 2 but his POW release documents say he was a mason and then another POW document says he was a factory worker.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541085168.screen-shot-2018-11-01-at-10-12-25-am.png" style="width: 921px;">He was assigned to the Infanterie Regiment 253 which was part of the 34th Infanterie Division. Since Sep 40, they were stationed on the French coast for the coastal protection. The award is not dated in his soldbuch, but Walter received the West Wall Medal for his service here.</p><p>At the end of May 41, the unit was transported by rail to Poland and placed in front of Brest-Litovsk in modern-day Belarus for the Russian campaign. On 22 Jun 41, the division crossed the border south of Brest-Litovsk and then advanced across the Beresina to the Dnieper south of Mogilev. Subsequently, the division advanced to the north of Bryansk in Sep. On 10 Sep 41, Walter was promoted to Oberschutzen.</p><p>From Oct 41 onwards, the division participated in the advance of Moscow and the occupation of Bryansk. There followed the advance to the Maloyaroslavets area. Here, the division met the Russian counterattack, so that under heavy defences it had to retreat to the Shanja position west of Medyn.</p><p>As with most of the Wehrmacht, Walter apparently was not equipped for the brutal Russian winter and developed pneumonia which required him to be hospitalized 26 Nov–15 Dec 41.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541085360.screen-shot-2018-11-01-at-10-15-38-am.png" style="width: 908px;"></p><p>Upon his return to the unit, they had to retreat westward from Yukhnovw to the Ugra River. The division held this defensive position all the way to Jan 43. While here, Walter received the Infantry Assault Badge on 12 Apr 42.</p><p>He was also promoted twice: to Gefreiter on 1 Sep 42 and then to Obergefreiter on 1 Dec 42.</p><p>Additionally, his regiment was renamed to Grenadier Regiment 253 on 15 Oct 42.</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541085425.screen-shot-2018-11-01-at-10-16-40-am.png" style="width: 921px;"></p><p>At the end of Jan 43, the division moved to the defensive positions at Mtsensk. With the start of the Russian summer offensive in mid-Jul 43 in the Orel area, the division had to withdraw from Mtsensk viaKarachev to Bryansk. It was here that Walther received the Iron Cross Second Class on 4 Aug 43.</p><p>He was also promoted to Unteroffizier on 1 Sep 43.</p><p>In Sep 43, the division was transferred due south to Poltava. It was here that Walter received his first combat wound when he was shot in the left middle finger on 21 Sep.</p><p>He was in the hospital for the wound through 22 Oct 43 and was awarded the Wound Badge Black 4 Nov 41. After being released by he hospital, he was briefly sent to Feld Ersatz Bataillon 34 to recuperate. As a footnote, his POW release document mentions a scar on his left middle finger as well.</p><p>By the time Walter rejoined his unit, they were in the Cherkassy area and then they retreated to Uman.</p><p>On 18 Dec 43, Walter had accumulated the 15 close combat days required to be awarded the Close Combat Clasp in Bronze.</p><p>The division was smashed by the Soviet offensive and retreated to Chisinau, Moldova. During this operation, Walter was again shot on 29 Jan 44. He was in the hospital in Soest for this wound through 22 Apr 44 and was awarded the Wound Badge in Silver 29 Mar 44. By the time he rejoined the unit, they had been pulled back to Nowa Kuźnia, Poland for rest and refitting.</p><p>Unfortunately for Walter, he contracted pneumonia again and was hospitalized 31 May–9 Jun 44.&nbsp;<img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541085544.screen-shot-2018-11-01-at-10-18-37-am.png" style="width: 921px;"></p><p>Walter rejoined his unit just in time for it to be moved to the Genoa coast on 11 Jun 44. Walter couldn’t catch a break with the warmer climate, however, and was hospitalized in Turin for malaria 25 Jul–30 Sep.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541085593.screen-shot-2018-11-01-at-10-19-20-am.png" style="width: 921px;"></p><p>When Walter rejoined his unit, they were being attacked by US forces and were eventually driven back to Como north of Milan. It was here that he and his comrades went into American captivity in Apr 45.</p><p>Obviously, Walter and his comrades saw a lot of combat and he performed with valor as evidenced by his awards.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541085676.screen-shot-2018-11-01-at-10-20-39-am.png" style="width: 921px;"></p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541085689.screen-shot-2018-11-01-at-10-20-49-am.png" style="width: 921px;"></p><p>Walter was a POW until 12 Dec 46. Below are his POW documents – interestingly there are stamps in German, French, and English. One of the POW documents allowed him to travel by bicycle.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541085743.screen-shot-2018-11-01-at-10-21-50-am.png" style="width: 921px;"><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541085759.screen-shot-2018-11-01-at-10-22-00-am.png" style="width: 590px;"></p><p>All work above was put together and researched by Jason Karlen. Thank you for allowing your work to be shared on Freedom2collect.</p>

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less than a year ago

Fähnrich Karl Posthausen - Luftwaffe Flak - The man who traveled many miles (DH)

<p>Soldbuch for Fähnrich Karl Posthausen – 3/Reserve Flak Abteilung 146, 2/Luftwaffen Bau Bataillon 8/1, 8/Flak Regiment 38, Flak Ersatz Abteilung 38, 7/gem Flak Abteilung 164(v), Luftkriegschule 8, zbv Batterie 3602, 3/gem Flak Abteilung 164(v), 3/Flak Regiment 42 (mot)</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541083815.screen-shot-2018-11-01-at-9-49-31-am.png" style="width: 380px;"></p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541083826.screen-shot-2018-11-01-at-9-49-44-am.png" style="width: 921px;"></p><p>Fähnrich Karl Posthausen was born in 1911 in Bad Godesberg which is suburb of Bonn. Before joining the Wehrmacht, he was a construction technician (beruf bautechniker).</p><p>His soldbuch was opened on 1 Sep 39. It’s obvious that his service preceded then as his first rank is listed as gefreiter. Although he isn’t wearing glasses in his photo, page 2 says that he did.</p><p>The soldbuch is denazified throughout indicating that Karl used it for identification after the war.</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541083899.screen-shot-2018-11-01-at-9-51-14-am.png" style="width: 878px;"></p><p>His initial unit with the opening of the soldbuch is 3/Reserve Flak Abteilung 146. This was a heavy flak unit stationed in Cologne. On 1 May 40, Karl was promoted to unteroffizier with them.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541083963.screen-shot-2018-11-01-at-9-52-03-am.png" style="width: 921px;"></p><p>For a couple months, 1 Aug – 19 Oct 40, Karl was assigned to 2/Luftwaffen Bau Bataillon 8/1. I have had a lot of difficulty locating information about this construction unit. However, from the timing, it was likely deployed to Belgium, Holland, or France for airbase construction. Based on his pre-military profession, it’s surprising he didn’t stay longer.</p><p>On 19 Oct 40, Karl was reassigned to 8/Flak Regiment 38. He would be with this unit for nearly 1.5 years until 19 May 43. When he joined them, they were stationed in France and Belgium under the governance of the I Flakkorps.</p><p>In Mar 41, Karl and his comrades were relocated to Comiso in Sicily where he performed anti aircraft duties.</p><p>With the approaching kick-off to Operation Barbarosa, Flakkorps I was placed under Panzergruppe 2 which was assigned to the central front. Karl and his comrades were obviously very close to the action and he performed well. He and his comrades first attacked Bialystok and Minsk and advanced to Smolensk.</p><p>On or about 23 Jul 41, he was wounded in action around Lochwiza although there is no hospital stay entered into his soldbuch. It is assumed that the wound wasn’t severe and that he was treated at a field aid station. For this, he was awarded the Wound Badge in Black.</p><p>After his return to his unit, he performed heroically and was awarded the Iron Cross First Class for actions in and around Smolensk on 30 Aug 41. Two days later, he was awarded the Iron Cross Second Class!</p><p>Obviously he did something incredibly special. Likely his commanders thought that he was due the EK1 so they awarded it and then “filled the gap” with the EK2 2 days later.</p><p>After Smolensk was reduced, Panzergruppe 2 was turned south to complete the pincer attack at Kiev. This was successfully concluded on 26 Sep 41 with 665000 Soviet prisioners being taken.</p><p>Karl and his comrades were then redirected to attack Moscow from the south. During this advance, Karl was next awarded the Luftwaffe Flak Badge on 1 Nov 41.</p><p>He advanced as far as Klin on the outskirts of Moscow in Dec. There, the advance completely stalled due to attrition, lack of supplies, fresh Soviets reserves, and poor weather. The Soviets counterattacked and Karl and his comrades were driven back to Orel. They held this position until Jun 42, when Karl and his regiment were placed under the 15 Flak Division which supported Panzergruppe 1 in the Caucasus.</p><p>On 10 Aug 42, Karl was awarded the Eastern Front Medal. Interestingly, this award is certified by Flak Regiment 99 which also was in the Caucasus.</p><p>With this unit, Karl advanced to Rostov and then captured the Kuban region. This was as far as the group could advance, however, due to Russian counterattacks and sapping of resources to support Stalingrad.</p><p>Apparently, Karl was engaged in heavy ground assaults at this time as he has was awarded the Luftwaffe Ground Assault Badge on 16 Oct 42.&nbsp;</p><p>In Dec 42, Karl was wounded by grenade shrapnel to his butt cheeks. He arrived at the Front Hospital in the city of Taganrog in Southern Russia. He would spend until 22 Jan 43 in a specialist hospital in Berlin from this wound. During his recovery, he was assigned to Flak Ersatz Abteilung 38 from 23 Jan – 9 Mar 43.</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541084170.screen-shot-2018-11-01-at-9-55-09-am.png" style="width: 921px;"></p><p>As can be seen from this map of Karl’s route, he was quite literally all over the map by this time of the war.</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541084228.screen-shot-2018-11-01-at-9-56-39-am.png" style="width: 921px;"></p><p>From there he returned to his home unit (8/Flak Regiment 38) through 19 May 43. When he rejoined them, they were in full retreat due to the catastrophe at Stalingrad. He would have ended up at approximately Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine.</p><p>On 21 May 43, he was transferred to 8./ gemischte Flak Abteilung 164 (v) which had a mix of heavy and light flak weapons. This unit was located in the vicinity of Novorossiysk, Russia on the coast of the Black Sea. In short order the unit was withdrawn to Crimea. Most likely, Karl and his comrades were dedicated to holding the Kuban bridgehead until they were forced to withdraw in Oct 43.&nbsp;</p><p>On 1 Jan 44, Karl’s leadership potential was noticed and he was promoted to fahnenjunker. Shortly thereafter he was enrolled in the Luftkriegschule 8 (3. Inspektion). This was a specialist Flak Officers Course in Göppingen. He was here through 31 Mar 44. While here he received training on 2cm Flak 30 and the K98 Rifle. Additional training was received on 8,8cm Flak 18 and the Kommandogerät 36 &amp; 35 which was used for spotting and commanding a Flak Battery. This training is recorded on an addendum added to his soldbuch between pages 14 and 15.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541084288.screen-shot-2018-11-01-at-9-57-43-am.png" style="width: 921px;">On 1 Apr 44, Karl was promoted to Fähnrich and transferred to z.b.z Batterie 3602. This unit was under the control of 9 Flak Division and it is highly likely that Karl was relocated to Sevastopol. His stay with this special frontline unit was brief, however, and on 15 May 44 he was transferred back to 2./ gemischte Flak Abteilung 164 (v).</p><p>In Jul 44, Karl and his comrades were withdrawn and sent to Silesia in Poland for rest and refitting. It was here that he was assigned to 3./Flak Regiment 42 (mot) with whom he would be until the end of the war.</p><p> </p><p>In Sep 44 he was issued a MP40 no 9043 (Page 8) along with an Iron ration pack and a 7,65mm Pistol (Page 14). The “Pistole B” is almost certainly a FN “Browning” 1922 commonly used by the Luftwaffe.&nbsp;<img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541084372.screen-shot-2018-11-01-at-9-59-06-am.png" style="width: 921px;"></p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541084423.screen-shot-2018-11-01-at-9-59-47-am.png" style="width: 921px;"><br></p><p>As for Issued kit, he seems to have been given twice a Tarnjacke - Camouflage Jacket.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541084478.screen-shot-2018-11-01-at-10-00-57-am.png" style="width: 514px;"></p><p>Immediately after the equipment issue, he was sent to Metz, France to fight the Allied forces in the Diedenhofen area. On 22 Nov 44, he and his comrades had retreated to Bolchen southeast of Saarbrücken.</p><p>Very interestingly there is another addendum in the soldbuch showing that from 4-9 Dec 44, Karl underwent and passed a 5 Day course in Close Combat Tank Hunting!&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541084523.screen-shot-2018-11-01-at-10-01-37-am.png" style="width: 746px;"></p><p>After this course, he rejoined his unit and by 20 Dec, they were in Kaiserslautern. This was followed by transfers to the Saarland and Palatinate area and the onset of the retreat to the east.&nbsp;</p><p>On 11 Jan 45, Karl was awarded the Wound Badge in Silver. Once again, there is no hospital entry to for this wound so it is assumed it was fairly minor and that he was treated in the field.</p><p>By 1 Feb 45, Karl and battery were operating in the Wörsbach area and was likely fighting American forces there. While his deeds are lost to history, he performed in an exemplary fashion and he was awarded the German Cross in Gold on 5 Feb 45!</p><p>By 26 Mar 45, he had been driven back to Germersheim. On 18 Apr 45, he arrived at Bad Tölz in a Reserve Hospital, with a 31a - Infantry Bullet wound. This was at least his 4th documented wound. But this was a short stay and 6 days later he was sent to the next Reserve Hospital as Bad Tölz fell at the end of April. He would sit the rest of the war out in a Reserve Hospital in Chiemsee south Germany. He was released from this hospital on 6 Jun 45 after the war ended.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541084602.screen-shot-2018-11-01-at-10-02-42-am.png" style="width: 921px;"><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541084617.screen-shot-2018-11-01-at-10-02-50-am.png" style="width: 666px;"><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541084633.screen-shot-2018-11-01-at-10-02-59-am.png" style="width: 921px;">Interestingly, a note on page 10 date 7 Jun 45. He became a member of the Luftwaffe Samel Lager A9 in Bad Aibling - an Entlassungslager. There is also a notation that he was inspected by a doctor on 17 Jun 45. </p><p>Thus, it appears that he was officially released from his Wehrmacht service at this time. Karl was truly an amazing frontline warrior!&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541084702.screen-shot-2018-11-01-at-10-04-40-am.png" style="width: 866px;"></p><p>All work above was put together and researched by Jason Karlen. Thank you for allowing your work to be shared on Freedom2collect.</p>

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less than a year ago

Funkobergefreiter Hans Plank - KIA U-boat crewman

<p>Wehrpass for Funkobergefreiter Hans Plank – 1/3 Schiffekommorbhilung, 2/5.Ausbidung fur Kriegsschiffbauarbeiter, 6.Marinenachrichtenschule, 5.Ausbildung fur Kriegsschiffeneubauter , 1.Marineschule Mürwik, 9/2.Unterseebootslehrdivision, Unterseebootsabwehrkompanie, Unterseeboot Ausbildung Abteilung, 4.Baulehrkompanie Kriegsschiffsneubauten, 5.Unterseeboot Flottille (U-718)&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541023220.screen-shot-2018-10-31-at-4-59-49-pm.png" style="width: 418px;"></p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541023230.screen-shot-2018-10-31-at-4-59-58-pm.png" style="width: 921px;"></p><p>Funkobergefreiter Hans Plank was born on 14 Apr 24 in Nuremburg and was issued his wehrpass on 30 Jun 41. He completed 8 years of school and 3 years of trade school. He possessed swimming and bike riding certifications. Before joining the military, he listed his occupation as a machine operator.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541023332.screen-shot-2018-10-31-at-5-00-56-pm.png" style="width: 856px;"></p><p>He was a volunteer and was called up on 7 May 41 when he had just turned 17 years old. He volunteered for service in the Kriegsmarine on 30 Jun 41 and was called to active service on 1 Nov 41 with 1/3 Schiffekommorbhilung in Eckernförde which is on the Baltic Sea northwest of Kiel. While here he went through his basic training including infantry tactics.</p><p>On 6 Jan 42, Hans was transferred to 2/5.Ausbidung fur Kriegsschiffbauarbeiter (Training school for warship construction). He was only here a short time as he went to 6.Marinenachrichtenschule in Aurich on 2 Feb 42. While here, he received radio communications training 3 Feb-27 Apr 42.</p><p>Interestingly his 4th duty assignment was obviously added much later and the earlier entries were revised accordingly. This was apparently a clerical error. On 29 Apr 42 Hans was assigned to 5.Ausbildung fur Kriegsschiffeneubauter where he was taught new warship construction. Once again, this was a shortterm assignment as on 19 May 42, he transferred to 1.Marineschule Mürwik. From Hans’ training records, we see 25 May-6 Jun 42 was spent in U-boat supplemental training while here.&nbsp;</p><p>On 7 Jun 42, Hans was transferred again – this time to 9/2.Unterseebootslehrdivision in Gotenhafen. His training records show 8 Jun-4 Jul 42 was spent in U-boat Lehrgang training. His training continued when he spent 2 weeks in a Unterseebootsabwehrkompanie and then 2 more weeks in a Unterseeboot&nbsp;Ausbildung Abteilung.</p><p>By 1 Aug 42, he transferred again; this time to Baulehrkompanie Kriegsschiffsneubauten. That same day he was promoted to Funkgefreiter. While Hans seemed destined to work in ship construction, this wasn’t to be his fate.</p><p>On 7 Oct 42, he was again reassigned – this time to 5.Unterseeboot Flottille which was a training flotilla based in Kiel. He served with them until 18 Nov 43. About 10 months later, Hans was again promoted on 1 Aug 43 to Funkobergefreiter.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541023466.screen-shot-2018-10-31-at-5-04-03-pm.png" style="width: 816px;"></p><p>Hans spent his time in the 5.Unterseeboot Flottille aboard U-718 which was a Type VIIC unterseeboot. It was launched 26 Mar 43 and commissioned 25 Jun 43 and commanded by Oberleutnant zur See Helmut Wieduwilt.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541023508.screen-shot-2018-10-31-at-5-04-40-pm.png" style="width: 921px;"></p><p>On 18 Nov 43, U-718 was conducting training as part of a wolfpack near Bornholm in the Baltic Sea when she was accidentally rammed by U-476. The submarines had been maneuvering to attack the same target in the dark, and U-476 ran into U-718 while the submarines were on the surface. </p><p>U-718's hatch was closed to prevent water entering the hull, and thus only the 7 personnel in the conning tower, including Oberleutnant zur See Wieduwilt, survived. The boat's hull was ruptured by the force of the impact, causing the submarine to fill and sink very rapidly, taking 43 sailors to the bottom with her. </p><p>Hans was among this unlucky crew. </p><p>The site of this sinking was northeast of Bornholm at 55.21N, 15.24E. The boat is resting in the nerve/mustard gas zone and is off limits to divers forever it seems.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541023634.screen-shot-2018-10-31-at-5-06-03-pm.png" style="width: 921px;"><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541023647.screen-shot-2018-10-31-at-5-06-15-pm.png" style="width: 921px;"></p><p>Hans’ body was never recovered, of course. His name is listed on the wall at the U-boat Memorial (UBoot-Ehrenmal Möltenort) in Heikendorf near Kiel as a remembrance of his sacrifice.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541023685.screen-shot-2018-10-31-at-5-07-47-pm.png" style="width: 921px;"></p><p>All work above was put together and researched by Jason Karlen. Thank you for allowing your work to be shared on Freedom2collect.</p>

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