Tyler Machalk

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about a day 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

Nordwind

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Early German Heer Dagger M1935 - SMF Solingen

German WW2 Heer dagger - SMF Solingen Price: 720Eur or feel free to make me an offer. [email protected] Paypal or personal pickup in Croatia (Delnice.)

Nordwind

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German Heer NCO parade belt with buckle - Hermann Aurich Dresden 1937

German Heer NCO parade belt with buckle - Hermann Aurich Dresden 1937 Price: 280Eur or feel free to make me an offer. [email protected] Paypal or personal pickup in Croatia (Delnice.)

Nordwind

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German WW2 dress bayonet - Pack Ernst & Sohne Solingen

German WW2 dress bayonet - Pack Ernst & Sohne Solingen Rare pioneer/jagger type with reverse nuts and bold on handle Price: 620Eur or feel free to make me an offer. [email protected] Paypal or personal pickup in Croatia (Delnice.)

Nordwind

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NDH/TR postcard - fight against Communism in East & NSDAP propaganda - NSDAP Kundgebung in Dresden 1932.

NDH/TR postcard - fight against Communism in East & NSDAP propaganda - NSDAP Kundgebung in Dresden 1932. Price: 35Eur or feel free to make me an offer. [email protected] Paypal or personal pickup in Croatia (Delnice.)

Nordwind

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German WW2 and Austro-Hungarian WW1 photos

German WW2 and Austro-Hungarian WW1 photos Price: 45Eur or feel free to make me an offer. [email protected] Paypal or personal pickup in Croatia (Delnice.)

Nordwind

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German K98 bayonet ASW 42 ( E.u.F Horster )

German K98 bayonet ASW 42 ( E.u.F Horster ) Price: 100Eur or feel free to make me an offer. [email protected] Paypal or personal pickup in Croatia (Delnice.)

Nordwind

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German K98 bayonet frog

German K98 bayonet frog Price: 50Eur or feel free to make me an offer. [email protected] Paypal or personal pickup in Croatia (Delnice.)

Peter Mongelli

Created a topic in group "Collections/Display"

a couple of days ago

My Collection Room Video

a couple of days ago

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

a couple of days ago

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

Peter

Nordwind

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US WW2 1944 Entrenching Tool

US WW2 1944 Entrenching Tool Shovel carrier is Yugoslavian JNA type. Price: 40Eur or feel free to make me an offer. [email protected] Paypal or personal pickup in Croatia (Delnice.)

HistorysHiddenHeirlooms

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One-of-a-Kind Adolf Hitler Nuremburg (Nurmberg) 1938 Amber Crystal Cut 13oz. Glass

Incredible Hand-etched heavy cut amber crystal Nuremberg glass featuring Adolf Hitler on reverse. This was done in 1938 and was the last year the rally took place before World War 2. This piece features an intricately hand etched portrait of Adolf Hitler and inscription "Adolf Hitler" on one side and on reverse a carved depiction of Nuremberg and inscribed "Reichsparteitag Nurnberg 1938" beneath. A silver 1935 Reichsmark is sealed at the bottom between two pieces of cut crystal and moves freely throughout the bottom vessel. Measurements: Glass is 6 1/4" tall and has a 3 1/2" outer rim and 1/4" rim. Weight: 1 lb 3 oz Hold: 13-14 oz Glass A few of the photos were taken with the glass was full. As you can see, this gives the cut glass a very clean and vibrant look. This one-of-a-kind piece was most likely commissioned so that it may be presented/gifted or "awarded" to a prestigious individual who has some connection to the rally and Third Reich. Given its extremely fine details, construction, and materials, this was likely presented to someone of high authority and status. Hard to believe this thing is still in such fantastic condition considering what it is. The only visible sign of damage if you can call it that is the slight imperfect bubble under the glass near the AH portrait along with some light abrasions and scratches mainly on the bottom. Might consider trades for visor caps. Buyer pays shipping and international buyers welcomes but buyer pays shipping + insurance. Any questions please reach out!

HistorysHiddenHeirlooms

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RARE RAD Leaders Hewer Dagger w/ Orange Grips Handles by Richard Herder

Beautiful Rad Officers Dagger with rarely seen orange grips. Features sharp blade and point, tight fitting grips, and flush scabbard with original hardware. Blade is marked Richard A Herder who made the majority of these orange handle daggers I believe. Possible consideration of trades for visor caps. If you have been searching for a orange gripped hewer you probably won't find one for a better price. Buyer pays actual shipping costs. International buyers welcomed but buyer pays shipping + insurance. Any photos or questions please let me know!

Alexander Stevense

Created a topic in group "Collections/Display"

less than a week ago

My small and modest German collection

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less than a week ago

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a couple of days ago

Well Done!  Bravo!

Peter

Tyler Machalk

Created a topic in group "German Militaria"

less than a week ago

Militaria Guides

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

less than a week ago

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

BHZ Militaria

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Flag Pole Top Kyffhäuser Bund

A nice flag pole top of the so called Kyffhäuser Bund, an association of German Veterans. This flag pole top is in good condition as can be seen on the photo’s. This particular flag pole top was found during the renovation of a house in Germany, close to the border with Luxembourg. Preferred shipping from the Netherlands at real costs. The price to be paid in Euro’s is €325. Payment Credit Card, Bank Transfer etc. 

John Smallwood

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Panzerfaust 30 Klein

This is a Panzerfaust 30 Klein in fair condition as are many of them. It still have some of the original paint and the stenciling. there are holes in the warhead from rust and small pieces of the finns remain. Check out pictures I will be at the SOS in Louisville from Thursday 21st to Saturday the 23rd. If anybody would like to purchase the Panzerfaust and pickup there just contact me to make arrangements. Price: $300.00 More pictures or info? please email me via PM I ship worldwide PayPal, Postal Money Order, Bank Cashiers Check only Offers Welcome

Tyler Machalk

Created a topic in group "Admin/Updates"

about a week 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"

about a week 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

JMCM

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NATIONAL RISING SUN WAR FLAG

WWII JAPANESE NATIONAL RISING SUN WAR FLAG A silk constructed, printed flag measuring approximately 37'' x 26'' that has original tie cords and reinforcing to the corners. No holes, nice flag. Free US shipping $14.00 rest of the world

JMCM

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POLISH FORCED LABORER "P" INSIGNIA

WWII GERMAN POLISH FORCED LABORER "P" INSIGNIA Polish Forced Laborer "P" Insignia. Good looking cotton "P" Insignia. Has been sewn on. This is for one. Free shipping

JMCM

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LUFTSCHUTZ TELEPHONE OPERATOR PERSONNEL ARMBAND

WWII GERMAN LUFTSCHUTZ TELEPHONE OPERATOR PERSONNEL ARMBAND RLB "F" (Telephone Operator) Armband of the Reichs Luftschutz Bund (National Air Raid Protection League). Medium blue cotton band with applied “F”. Free US shipping $14.00 rest of the world

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LUFTSHUTZ MESSENGER ARMBAND

WWII GERMAN LUFTSHUTZ MESSENGER ARMBAND Luftschutz Messenger Armband a rather uncommon example of the Armband worn by Luftschutz Messengers The dark blue cotton Armband shows a machine embroidered M and is in perfect condition. Free US shipping $14.00 rest of the world

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LUFTSHUTZ MEDICAL PERSONNEL ARMBAND

WWII GERMAN LUFTSHUTZ MEDICAL PERSONNEL ARMBAND The Air Protection Warning Service, Second Pattern Armband worn by Medical Personnel. Pale blue cotton with machine embroidered white cross, the Armband is in good overall condition. Paint stain to the back. Nice stamp to the front. Free US shipping $14.00 rest of world

Tyler Machalk

Created a topic in group "German Militaria"

about a week 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"

about a week 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"

Jason Karlen

Created a topic in group "Collections/Display"

less than a month ago

Soldbücher and Wehrpasse

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less than a month 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.

less than a month ago

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

less than a month ago

Tyler - I tend to hoard them. :)

Tyler Machalk

Created a topic in group "Firearms Forum"

less than a month 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"

less than a month 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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less than a month 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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less than a month ago

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


less than a month 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

less than a month 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

about a week 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 :)

about a week ago

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

about a week ago

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

about a week ago

Close-up of the insignia...
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about a week ago

An amazing medic collection! I love bullion insignia.

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

about a week 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"

less than a month 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"

less than a month 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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less than a month ago

Very Nice Tyler!

less than a month ago

Thank you! :D 

Tyler Fogg

Created a topic in group "US Militaria"

less than a month ago

Always looking for more

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less than a month ago

Wow, leave me one out there!

less than a month ago

Never ?

Tyler Fogg

Created a topic in group "Collections/Display"

less than a month ago

My happy place

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less than a month ago

Wonderful

less than a month ago

Thank you!

less than a month 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

less than a month ago

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less than a month 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

less than a month ago

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

less than a month ago

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

Tyler Machalk

Created a topic in group "German Militaria"

less than a month ago

Photo Contest winner - Emil Prokop

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less than a month ago

Beautiful!

Tyler Machalk

Created a topic in group "US Militaria"

less than a month ago

Photo Contest winner - Colby Burl

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Tyler Machalk

Created a topic in group "Admin/Updates"

less than a month 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"

less than a month ago

Under Maintenance

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

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TROPICAL ARTILLERY SIGNAL BLITZ

WWII GERMAN TROPICAL ARTILLERY SIGNAL BLITZ Brown wool with Red blitz. Code: 53778 Free shipping

JMCM

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TROPICAL RANK PIP PATCH

WWII GERMAN TROPICAL RANK PIP PATCH Brown wool. Free shipping

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GERMAN GEFREITER RANK INSIGNIA

WWII GERMAN GEFREITER RANK INSIGNIA Army Gefreiter Rank Insignia, Un-Issued. This example is from an un-issued bundle of ten. This is for one piece. Free world shipping

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NSKK 1st PATTERN CAP EAGLE, HESSEN

NSKK 1st PATTERN CAP EAGLE, HESSEN NSKK 1st Pattern Cloth Cap Eagle. This has the silver/grey eagle with Dark Blue backing for Motor Brigade Hessen. Free shipping

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NSKK 1st PATTERN CAP EAGLE, BERLIN

NSKK 1st PATTERN CAP EAGLE, BERLIN NSKK 1st Pattern Cloth Cap Eagle. This has the silver/grey eagle with black backing for Motor Brigade Berlin. Free shipping

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NSKK 1st PATTERN CAP EAGLE,FRANKEN

NSKK 1st PATTERN CAP EAGLE,FRANKEN NSKK 1st Pattern Cloth Cap Eagle. This has the silver/grey eagle with Sulpher Yellow backing for Motor Brigade Franken. Free shipping

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NSKK 1st PATTERN CAP EAGLE,HOCHLAND

NSKK 1st PATTERN CAP EAGLE,HOCHLAND NSKK 1st Pattern Cloth Cap Eagle. This has the silver/grey eagle with Light blue/Cornflower blue backing for Motor Brigade Hochland.Free shipping

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BAYONET BOOK

BAYONET BOOK As shown 33 pages 1985 Free US shipping

Tyler Machalk

Created a topic in group ""

a couple of months 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 ""

a couple of months 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>

Tyler Machalk

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a couple of months 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>

Tyler Machalk

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a couple of months 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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a couple of months ago

Feldwebel Emil Strobel - (POW) – 35 Infanterie Division: Infanterie Regiment 34

<p>Document Grouping for Feldwebel Emil Strobel – 35 Infanterie Division: Infanterie Regiment 34, Füsilier Regiment 34.</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541021996.screen-shot-2018-10-31-at-4-39-20-pm.png" style="width: 454px;"></p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541022004.screen-shot-2018-10-31-at-4-39-28-pm.png" style="width: 921px;"></p><p>Included in the document grouping are Emil Strobel’s pre-war-issued DAF membership book and Arbeitsbuch.</p><p>The DAF book was opened 1 Mar 38 and includes dues stamps from May 38-Sep 40.</p><p>The Arbeitsbuch was opened on 15 Jul 36. It shows that he started working at 13 as a cobbler’s apprentice.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541022071.screen-shot-2018-10-31-at-4-40-41-pm.png" style="width: 921px;"></p><p>Without a doubt, Feldwebel Emil Strobel’s soldbuch is in one of the roughest conditions you will find – extremely tattered, water damaged, and the pages re-taped in place (even in the wrong order). It certainly gives you a feel for all of the adverse conditions Emil encountered in the field for the 4.5 years as an infantryman and 1.5 years as a POW.</p><p>Emil spent his entire military career with the 35 Infanterie Division (“Fish Division”). He was born in 1920 in Grantschen near Heilbronn. The soldbuch was opened on 10 Oct 40 right after Emil’s 20th birthday. His mustering unit was 3/Infanterie Ersatz Battaillon 34 which was, unsurprisingly, set up in Heilbronn.</p><p>While not owned by Emil, I also have a set of 13 postcards published by 35 Infanterie Division during the war that soldiers could purchase and use as feldpost home.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541022192.screen-shot-2018-10-31-at-4-42-30-pm.png" style="width: 921px;"></p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541022208.screen-shot-2018-10-31-at-4-42-37-pm.png" style="width: 921px;"></p><p>No later than Feb 41, Emil’s was assigned to Infanterie Regiment 34 of the 35 Infanterie Division. The division was located in Northwest France where it was used for coastal protection. In addition, the division prepared for the invasion of England which, of course, never happened.</p><p>At the end of Apr 41 the division was moved to East Prussia – modern day Suwałki, Poland. While stationed here, Emil was promoted to Oberschützen on 9 May 41. The division took part in Operation Barbarosa on 22 Jun 41 and crossed the border fortifications and advanced to Bialystok and Dubroŭna, Belarus. Here, the division suffered heavy losses in the first Russian counter-attacks.</p><p>On 25 Jul 41, he was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class for bravery during the encirclement at Smolensk. The night before the award, his unit attacked the town of Kassplja just north of Smolensk. In conjunction with the medal, he was promoted to Gefretier on 7 Aug 41.</p><p>With Operation Typhoon, the Division advanced to Vyazma, Russia. Subsequently, the division continued its advance to the Volokolamsk area northwest of Moscow.</p><p>On 29 Sep 41, he was awarded the Infantry Assault Badge and then the Iron Cross 1st Class on 15 Nov 41 for actions on 11 Sep 41 when they defeated a series of Russian defenses on the approach to Moscow. This division broke through the outer perimeter and reached the Moscow Canal within the city limits. There the division met the Russian winter offensive which forced them to retreat to the city of Gagarin where it remained for all of 1942.</p><p>By 11 Jan 42, the regiment had only 368 men total available for duty – roughly 12% of its authorized strength. During the retreat, Emil suffered frostbite on his toes for which he was hospitalized 12-24 Mar 42. Emil and his comrades were without winter clothes and faced temperatures of -40 C according to the official division history.</p><p>On 27 Jun 42, Emil was wounded in combat although there is no entry on the hospital page for the wound. It either was not severe or it was simply not entered. He received the Wound Badge in Black for it on 4 Jul 42. He was promoted to Unteroffizier on 1 Oct 42. Infanterie Regiment 34 was renamed to Füsilier Regiment 34 on 9 Nov 42 indicating the prominence and fighting ability of the regiment within the division.</p><p>Finally, he was awarded the Ostmedaille on 21 Dec 42.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541022337.screen-shot-2018-10-31-at-4-45-03-pm.png" style="width: 921px;"></p><p>With the evacuation of the front line at Rshew in the spring of 1943, the division was forced to retreat to the area east of Dorogobuzh.</p><p>Here, Emil was issued a MP40 and compass on 1 May 43 as well as a Wehrmacht wristwatch on 22 Jun.&nbsp;<img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541022354.screen-shot-2018-10-31-at-4-45-16-pm.png" style="width: 850px;"></p><p>In these positions, Emil and his comrades fought some severe defensive battles until the end of Aug 43.</p><p>From Sep 43, the division joined the retreat of the Fourth Army across the Dnieper south of Smolensk.</p><p>After further defensive battles, the division was finally transferred to the Mogilev, Belarus area at the end of Oct 43, where it took part in the defense there until Jun 44.</p><p>While here, Emil went on leave and was given a führergeschenk on 8 Jan 44.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541022430.screen-shot-2018-10-31-at-4-46-05-pm.png" style="width: 486px;"></p><p>Upon his return to the front, Emil was again wounded – this time a bullet wound which required him to convalesce 30 Apr - 26 Jun 44.</p><p>He returned to front line duty while his unit was in disarray due to the Russian Operation Bagration offensive that started on 22 Jun 44. The unit fought defensive battles while retreating to Babruysk, Belarus with heavy losses.</p><p>In the middle of Jul 44, it reached the Brest area. Here, the division was taken briefly off the front line for about a month for refitting and reequipping. In Sep 44, the Russians attacked Brest and the unit was again forced to retreat.</p><p>During this initial attack, Emil was again wounded by a bullet and he was sent to a hospital 7-26 Sep 44.</p><p>The wound appears to have been quite serious as he was place in a replacement unit (Grenadier Ersatz Bataillon 109) to further recover and then was sent on convalescent leave through 25 Oct 44.</p><p>By the time Emil rejoined his unit, they were in the Różan, Poland area. On 4 Nov 44, he was issued iron rations indicating counter offensive actions.</p><p>Emil was quite heroic during this action as he was awarded the German Cross in Gold on 23 Nov 44! On 28 Nov 44, he was issued a StG 44.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541022633.screen-shot-2018-10-31-at-4-50-05-pm.png" style="width: 921px;">Shortly afterwards he was promoted to Feldwebel on 1 Dec 44.<br></p><p>In Jan 45, the division had withdrawn to the Gdańsk area. It is unknown what the circumstances were, but apparently Emil got the “million dollar wound” as he was hospitalized 3-18 Jan and then transported to a hospital in Wietfeld in northern Germany where he stayed in Feb. This resulted in him avoiding the fate of his comrades who eventually surrendered to the Russians. It is likely he should have been awarded the Wound Badge in Gold although there is no mention of it in the soldbuch.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541022725.screen-shot-2018-10-31-at-4-51-19-pm.png" style="width: 921px;">He was transferred to his replacement unit Grenadier Ersatz Regiment 35 which was stationed in Ehingen near Stuttgart. He was released from military service on 26 Apr 45.&nbsp;<img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541022762.screen-shot-2018-10-31-at-4-52-22-pm.png" style="width: 921px;">He was held as a prisoner of war by the French in Strasbourg until 26 Dec 47. His POW number was 1.062.177.</p><p>Emil Stroble survived the war, of course, and lived until 2002 when died at the age of 81 in Ellhofen.</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541022863.screen-shot-2018-10-31-at-4-53-09-pm.png" style="width: 921px;"><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541022875.screen-shot-2018-10-31-at-4-53-32-pm.png" style="width: 770px;"></p><p>Emil’s Awards: Although his German Cross in Gold is very well documented, it does not appear in his soldbuch. </p><p>Additionally, he should have been awarded at least the Wound Badge in Silver (if not Gold), but it does not appear either.</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541022937.screen-shot-2018-10-31-at-4-55-10-pm.png" style="width: 642px;"><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541022945.screen-shot-2018-10-31-at-4-55-19-pm.png" style="width: 921px;">All work above was put together and researched by Jason Karlen. 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Otto Ploger-Hennings – Panzerjäger Abteilung 195 (95 ID)

<p>Wehrmacht Führerschein for Otto Ploger-Hennings – Panzerjäger Abteilung 195 (95 ID), Panzerjäger Abteilung 106 (106 ID), 1/schwere Panzerjäger Abteilung 559.</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541021637.screen-shot-2018-10-31-at-4-33-13-pm.png" style="width: 921px;"></p><p>Otto Ploger-Hennings was born on 28 Apr 1919 in Belebeck which is halfway between Hanover and Dortmund. He was issued a Wehrmacht Führerschein while stationed with Panzerjäger-Abteilung 195.</p><p>This unit was subordinate to the 95 Infanterie Division. The license allows him to drive fully tracked vehicles (gepäck volketten kraftfahrzeug) up to 10 tons. Likely, this was for a Marder I.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541021690.screen-shot-2018-10-31-at-4-34-28-pm.png" style="width: 820px;"></p><p>The pass was issued on 7 Feb 41 and certified by the Abteilung commander Major Rupert Gruber. At this time, the unit was stationed in Poland and training in preparation for Operation Barbarossa. In the photo, he is wearing a StuG wrap!</p><p>Major Gruber was later awarded the Knight’s Cross on 14 Aug 43 while commander of the Sturmgeschutz Abteilung 209.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541021735.screen-shot-2018-10-31-at-4-35-10-pm.png" style="width: 748px;"></p><p>On 25 Jun 43, Otto received another certification while he was with Panzerjäger Abteilung 106 which was assigned to the 106 Infanterie Division. This allowed him to drive any car or truck in addition to the first certification.</p><p>At this time, he would have been stationed in Kharkov. It appears that the entry is certified by Hauptmann (later Major) Heinz Baurmann (RK 4 May 45).&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541021782.screen-shot-2018-10-31-at-4-36-01-pm.png" style="width: 614px;"></p><p>On 26 May 44, Otto passed an exam and was certified to drive fully tracked vehicles over 10 tons. The certification stamp is incomplete on this entry so it is difficult to tell what unit Otto was with then.</p><p>Fortunately the signature of the commander - Hauptmann Ludolph – is clear. With help from Barry Smith, this was identified as the commander of the 1 Kompanie of schwere Panzerjäger Abteilung 559 which was equipped with Jagdpanthers. This unit played a key role during Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541021838.screen-shot-2018-10-31-at-4-37-02-pm.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>

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Obergefreiter Walter Goldschmitt (1 Panzer Division)

<p>Document Grouping for Obergefreiter Walter Goldschmitt – 1/Aufklärungs Abteiling 4 (1 Panzer Division), 1/Kradschützen Bataillon 1; 7,1, and Stabs/Panzer Aufklärungs Abteilung 1 (1 Panzer Division), 2 Genessenden Komp/Panzer Aufklärungs Ersatz Abteilung 9, Stabs/Panzer Aufklärungs Abteilung 69 (3 Kavallerie Division), Husarenschwadrong/Schwere Kavallerie Abteilung 3 (3 Kavallerie Division)</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541019234.screen-shot-2018-10-31-at-3-53-21-pm.png" style="width: 912px;"><br></p><p>Obergefreiter Walter Goldschmitt was born on 25 Oct 16 in Sangerhausen and married to a lady named Marta. They made their home on Adolf Hitler Strasse. He was drafted into the Wehrmacht on 23 Jun 38 and was immediately assigned to an Aufklärungs unit. His entire military career for the duration of the war was spent in these units. Although the Wehrpass is a zweitschrift, all of Walter’s information was faithfully transferred to it and the photo is obviously pre-war.</p><p>Walter received extensive weapons training – 98k, P08, P38, MG18, MG34, MP38, MP40, 2cm PAK 30, and 2cm PAK 38.</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541019316.screen-shot-2018-10-31-at-3-54-42-pm.png" style="width: 921px;"><br></p><p>From 17 Nov 38-31 May 42, he was on active duty with 1/Aufklärungs Abteiling 4 of the 1 Panzer Division. This was a Panzerspah squadron which had Sd Kfz 247, 223, 263, 232, 221, and 222. His Wehrmacht Führerschein shows that he drove leichte Spahwagen so it was likely a Sd Kfz 221, 222, or 223. Furthermore, he was trained on 20mm PAK, so this narrows the list down to a Sd Kfz 221 as the likely vehicle Walter drove.</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541019356.screen-shot-2018-10-31-at-3-55-52-pm.png" style="width: 921px;"><br></p><p>&nbsp;On 21 Aug 39, Walter and his comrades moved to Silesia in preparation of the Polish campaign which commenced on 1 Sep 39. From the Opole area, they pushed northeast to Warsaw.</p><p>After 12 Oct 39, they were sent back to Weimar and then on to Dortmund in Nov. At the beginning of Mar 40, Walther was sent to the Moselle and the Southern Eifel.</p><p>On 10 May 40, they crossed the Luxembourg border and entered Belgian territory. They crossed the Meuse and drove to Dunkirk. On 10 Jun, they pushed southeast and reach Gray-sur-Saone on 15 Jun. They then turned northeast and took the fortress Belfort on 18 Jun.</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541019398.screen-shot-2018-10-31-at-3-56-32-pm.png" style="width: 921px;">After the end of the fighting in France, the division remained for another 2 1/2 months as an occupation force. On 5 Sep 40, they were move to East Prussia for training and refitting.<br></p><p>On 18 Jun 41, Walter and his comrades were moved into their staging area for the Russian campaign at Tilsit (modern day Sovetsk, Kaliningrad Oblast). On 22 Jun 41, they attacked and eventually crossed the Lithuanian and Latvian borders. By mid Aug, they were on the outskirts of Leningrad. They fought tenacious Soviet defenders here for roughly a month before being reassigned to Army Group Center on 19 Sep. Walther and his unit was assigned to the left wing on the final drive to Moscow. On 11 Oct, they reached the Zubtsovo. The advance towards the capital was bloody, however, and Soviet resistance was stiff.</p><p>On 5 Nov 41, Walter received his first medal – the Panzer Assault Badge in Bronze for successfully being involved in 3 assaults in 3 different days.</p><p>On 1 Dec, the division attacked several train stations west of Moscow which was the furthest they advanced. In this action, Walter was wounded by anti-tank round shrapnel to his left eye. Likely due to this same day’s events, he was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class on 8 Dec.</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541019444.screen-shot-2018-10-31-at-3-57-16-pm.png" style="width: 921px;">Unfortunately, a wehrpass doesn’t necessarily record the lengths of hospital stays like a soldbuch, of course. Therefore it’s impossible to say how long he was off the line. The unit listing, however, doesn’t indicate a Genessenden Kompanie in this timeframe so perhaps it was just a short while.<br></p><p>In the meantime, Walter’s unit was fighting heavy defensive battles in the Rzhev and Olenin areas until May 42. On 1 Jun 42, Walter’s unit was renamed (“umbenannt”) to 1/Kradschützen Bataillon 1. By this time the unit had such high losses that the headquarters staff was dissolved. On 25 Jun 42 he finally received the Wound Badge in Black for his wound 7 months earlier.</p><p>At the end of Jul 42, the division was withdrawn from the front and from 2 Aug again used in the 9th Army. Here, the division managed to seal off the dangerous Russian invasion southeast of Sychevka. On 1 Aug, Walter was again decorated – this time with the Ostmedaille.</p><p>In early Nov 42, Walter and his comrades were placed in reserve. After the beginning of the Russian winter offensive on 25 Nov 42 and the Russian breakthrough south of Bjeloys, they were used to defend the important cornerstone of Vladimirskoye. On 25 Dec 42, the deployment of the division ended in the East and it was relocated to France for refreshing. They left all of their equipment in the in the USSR and were completely re-equipped with new weapons.</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541019486.screen-shot-2018-10-31-at-3-58-03-pm.png" style="width: 921px;">On 1 Mar 43, Walter’s unit was again renamed – this time to Panzer Aufklärungs Abteilung 1. He stayed with them through 20 Aug 44 and was assigned to 7 kompanie, 1 kompanie, and the Stabs. Throughout, they were subordinate to the 1 Panzer Division.<br></p><p>In Apr 43, the 1st Panzer Division moved to Greece, where they served as an occupation force in addition to further refresh and train. At the end of Sep 43, they were assembled in the Athens area and relocated to the eastern front again in Oct 43. This time they were assigned to Army Group South.</p><p>Before leaving for Russia, Walter was reissued a Zweitschrift Wehrmacht Führerschein “issued on the basis of the entries in the wehrpass”. It was given to him on 2 Sep 43 and was certified ty Hauptmann Helmut Huppert (Ehrenblattspange on 7 Mar 44 and the Knight’s Cross on 23 Aug 44).</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541019538.screen-shot-2018-10-31-at-3-58-49-pm.png" style="width: 921px;">On 10 Nov 43, Walter was awarded the Driver’s Badge.<br></p><p>In mid-Nov 43, the division attacked the Kiev-Shitomir railway line. On 18-19 Nov, they participated in the conquest of Shitomir. A few days later, they counterattacked Korostychev and Brussilov. The winter mud than hampered all further movements. In mid-to-late Dec, they successfully attacked several Soviet positions.</p><p>At the end of Jan 44, they were moved south to the Uman area and fought until the middle of Feb 44 at Cherkassy. In mid-Mar 44, they were moved to Starokostiantyniv and defended the 1st Panzerarmee’s northern flank. In early Apr 44, the Soviets launched an offensive which drove Walter and his comrades to Buchach. Afterwards, they were moved to the area west of Ternopil to be refreshed.</p><p>All of these actions were recorded in Wehrpass simply as “29 Apr-16 Jul 44: Campaign against Russia.”</p><p>On 28 May 44, Walter was awarded the Drivers Badge in Silver. Fortunately the certificate for this award is included in the grouping and it is signed by Major Huppert like his Wehrmacht Führerschein.</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541019603.screen-shot-2018-10-31-at-3-59-58-pm.png" style="width: 921px;">In early Jul 44, Walter and his comrades were used as a reserve force against the Russian summer offensive in the 4th Panzer Army area. During these defensive actions, he was again wounded on 16 Jul 44. This time, it was grenade shrapnel to his right thigh.<br></p><p>This second injury seems to be more debilitating than his first as he is assigned to 2 Genessenden Komp/Panzer Aufklärungs Ersatz Abteilung 9 which was in Sondershausen west of Leipzig. While with the medical recovery unit, Walter was promoted for bravery exhibited on 31 Jul 44 and made retroactive to 1 Jul 44.</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541019640.screen-shot-2018-10-31-at-4-00-37-pm.png" style="width: 921px;">On 29 Aug 44, he was reassigned to a frontline unit - Stabs/Panzer Aufklärungs Abteilung 69 which was subordinate to the 3 Kavallerie Division. This was the first time in the war that he wasn’t with his original unit. At this time, they were stationed at Narew, Poland. By Oct 44, they were pushed back to East Prussia – where Walter had jumped off for the start of Operation Barbarosa!<br></p><p>In Dec 44, they were moved to the area of Lake Balaton in Hungary and took part in the relief attacks on Budapest. On 6-16 Mar 45, the Wehrmacht launched an offensive named Spring Awakening (Unternehmen Frühlingserwachen). They attacked the Soviet forces at Nagybajom. Unfortunately for the Germans, the Soviets knew of the impending attack on 17 Feb and had prepared defenses in depth and the attack was repulsed.</p><p>On the second day of the offensive, 7 Mar 45, Walter was awarded the Wound Badge in Silver.</p><p>On 28 Apr 45, Walter was reassigned to Husarenschwadron/Schwere Kavallerie Abteilung 3 (3 Kavallerie Division) where he would remain until the cessation of hostilities. On 1 May 45, he was promoted to Obergefreiter. Shortly afterwards, on 9 May 45, his service in the Wehrmacht ended when the unit surrendered to the American forces at Graz, Austria.</p><p>Included with the document grouping a front-and-back typed list of the home addresses of the men in Walter’s last unit. Perhaps this was done in an effort to allow the men to stay in contact after the capitulation. I have boxed Walter’s entry on the list in red on the next page.</p><p>Walter survived the war despite being under heavy combat for its entirety. Along the way, he earned a fairly impressive list of awards.</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541019713.screen-shot-2018-10-31-at-4-01-17-pm.png" style="width: 782px;"></p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541019724.screen-shot-2018-10-31-at-4-01-29-pm.png" style="width: 754px;"></p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541019735.screen-shot-2018-10-31-at-4-01-39-pm.png" style="width: 921px;">The last document included in the grouping is a postwar appointment postcard dated 4 Jul 57. Interestingly, Walter has changed addresses from Adolf Hitler Strasse in 1945 to Stauffenberg Strasse in 1957. What a contrast!<img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541019797.screen-shot-2018-10-31-at-4-02-58-pm.png" style="width: 910px;"><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1541019808.screen-shot-2018-10-31-at-4-03-07-pm.png" style="width: 910px;">All work above was put together and researched by Jason Karlen. Thank you for allowing your work to be shared on Freedom2collect.<br></p>

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Feldwebel Franz Muther - Panzer Regiment 25 - Panzer Regiment Rhodos

<p>Large document and photo grouping for Feldwebel Franz Muther – Panzer Regiment 25, Panzer Regiment Rhodos&nbsp;<img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1540495136.screen-shot-2018-10-25-at-2-18-34-pm.png" style="width: 974px;"></p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;">The earliest document in the grouping belonging to Franz Muther is his Lehrbrief from the Handwerkskammer </span><span style="font-size: 14px;">zu</span><span style="font-size: 14px;"> Coburg. Franz was born 31 Aug 16 in Ahlstadt which is about 20 miles north-northwest of Coburg. </span></p><p>We discover that he underwent a 3.5 year apprenticeship under a master blacksmith named Artur Tommer. He became a certified blacksmith on 15 Oct 34.</p><p>&nbsp;<img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1540495192.screen-shot-2018-10-25-at-2-19-36-pm.png" style="width: 838px;"><br></p><p>The second document chronologically is a bicycle license issued to Franz on 5 Sep 37. It gives all manner of the description of his bike. It was certified by a man name Adolf Fischer in Coburg.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1540495271.screen-shot-2018-10-25-at-2-20-46-pm.png" style="width: 922px;"></p><p>Feldwebel Franz Muther’s Wehrpass was opened on 9 May 36 in Bad Killingen. It features young Franz wearing an RAD uniform with the Lager 3/284 patch showing (photo on page 1). </p><p>He served with this unit from 1 Apr 36 – 24 Mar 37. We also discover that he finished volkschüle and earned the SA Sports Badge.</p><p>He went on active duty 19 Nov 38 and immediately joined 4/PR 25 in Erlangen. He was with this company through 25 Aug 39 when he switched to 3 kompanie. During this time, he trained as a panzer driver and earned his Panzerfuhrerschein 14 Aug and then Wehrmachtfuhrerschein 30 Aug 39.</p><p>&nbsp;<img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1540495307.screen-shot-2018-10-25-at-2-21-24-pm.png" style="width: 650px;"></p><p>Below is a map of the vicinity around the panzer training area in Grafenwöhr dated 1939 and signed by Franz.</p><p>&nbsp;<img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1540495343.screen-shot-2018-10-25-at-2-22-04-pm.png" style="width: 966px;"></p><p>Franz’s photo album covering training, the war in France, and the start of Operation Barbarosa is included in the grouping. There are some fantastic photos – a small number of the 122 in the album are included in this write-up. </p><p>All photos in this document are from the album which is minty and comes with the original outer carton!&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1540495386.screen-shot-2018-10-25-at-2-22-41-pm.png" style="width: 750px;"><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1540495410.screen-shot-2018-10-25-at-2-22-49-pm.png" style="width: 758px;"></p><p>In the left photo below is Franz second from the left during training. He is also shown with his wife Rosa while admiring his regimental stein.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1540495458.screen-shot-2018-10-25-at-2-23-54-pm.png" style="width: 858px;"></p><p>With the grouping comes Franz’s dogtag which matches the soldbuch and wehrpass entries. Interestingly, Franz listed his prewar occupation as a carpenter instead of blacksmith despite his apprenticeship. </p><p>His soldbuch was opened on 28 Aug 39 when he was already with 3/PR 25 which was a medium panzer company.</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1540495495.screen-shot-2018-10-25-at-2-24-30-pm.png" style="width: 976px;"></p><p>On 1 Oct 39, Franz was promoted to oberpanzerschutzen and then on 1 Jan 40 to gefreiter. From research we discover that the Regiment had 201 38t Czech tanks and 24 Mk IV tanks in May 1940 when the unit attacked France. They were assigned to the 7 PD which was commanded by Erwin Rommel.</p><p>They attacked through the Ardennes and was on the right flank of Panzergruppe Kleist. They had several tank battles with the thicker armored French and British tanks around Arras and did not do well in tank-to-tank combat. </p><p>They needed to rely on their speed and mobility rather than armor and firepower.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1540495631.screen-shot-2018-10-25-at-2-26-50-pm.png" style="width: 520px;"></p><p>Franz and his comrades were on the western boundary of the Dunkirk pocket and remained there until early Jun 40. After the BEF was evacuated, they pushed southwards to Rouen and then on to Cherbourg which it captured on 20 Jun.</p><p>Franz’s photo album has many photographs of the invasion of France. One of them apparently shows his Panzer III in a town. Close inspection shows a MP 18 on the deck! His weapons training certification shows he was trained on this very rare weapon! The bulkhead also has the unit emblem for the 7 PD.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1540495678.screen-shot-2018-10-25-at-2-27-27-pm.png" style="width: 1008px;"></p><p>The war against France wasn’t without casualties, of course, and Franz’s album shows the funeral service for one of his comrades. The 7 PD suffered higher casualties in France than any other PD and lost 42 tanks – 26 of which were 38t’s. </p><p>The Division claimed to have destroyed or captured 460 French tanks and armored cars and took 97,000 prisoners.</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1540495719.screen-shot-2018-10-25-at-2-28-11-pm.png" style="width: 828px;"></p><p>With the conclusion of the conflict in France, Franz had a hospital stay 16-30 Aug 40 for Gastronomical issues. Apparently, this problem plagued him for years as he had another stay for it 22 Dec 42-9 Jan 43. Concurrent with that latter stay, he caught a contagious disease that isn’t specified in the soldbuch.</p><p> On 1 Oct 40, he was promoted to obergefreiter.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1540495780.screen-shot-2018-10-25-at-2-29-08-pm.png" style="width: 988px;"></p><p>The 7 PD was initially assigned to the Operation Seelowe plan for the invasion of Great Britain but that planned floundered when Rommel was reassigned to the Afrikakorps. On 1 Oct 40, Franz was again promoted – this time to Obergefreiter.</p><p>On 4 Jan 41, Franz was awarded the Panzer Assault Badge in Bronze (backdated to 21 Oct 40) for his service in France. In Feb 41, the unit was shipped from France to Bonn-Bad Godesberg for rest, training, and refitting.</p><p>On 10 May 41, Franz was transferred back to 4/PR 25 which was a medium panzer company. The&nbsp;regiment was still assigned to the 7 PD.</p><p>At the beginning of Jun 41, the Division was shipped from Bonn by rail to East Prussia where it arrived at Insterburg (modern day Chernyakhovsk) after 3 days’ travel. At this time the Regiment had a total of 278 tanks of which 28 were Mk IVs and 167 were 38t’s – one of which is shown in Franz’s photo album below.</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1540495829.screen-shot-2018-10-25-at-2-30-09-pm.png" style="width: 708px;"></p><p>On 22 Jun 41, at 03:05, the Division began the advance moving to the northeast with the objective of Vilnius, Lithuania. PR 25 managed to win both bridges over the river Njemen intact at Olita. Here they received hostile fire coming from the Soviet 5 Tank Division.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1540495861.screen-shot-2018-10-25-at-2-30-37-pm.png" style="width: 618px;"></p><p>Despite suffering heavy casualties, they were able to establish bridgeheads on both crossing points. The Soviets launched heavy counterattacks with armor support. The northern bridgehead was defended by the Franz’s Abteilung and the enemy counter-attacks lasted until nightfall. At day's end, the Soviets withdrew eastward after suffering the loss of 82 tanks. PR 25 lost almost 50% of its armor in this battle.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1540495899.screen-shot-2018-10-25-at-2-31-11-pm.png" style="width: 944px;"></p><p>On 23 Jun Franz and his comrades continued the advance, but they were hampered by poor roads and dense forests with numerous blocking posts and large forest fires. They were able to capture the important bridge at Chasbiejewicze 10 km west of Vilnius intact and subsequently secured the dominant ground southeast of Vilna.</p><p>On 24 Jun the city of Vilna was captured after being enveloped from the north and south. After that, the Division received a new direction of advance, eastwards to Minsk.</p><p>On 26 Jun PR 25 reached the town of Radaškovičy, Belarus where they encountered enemy resistance. Working tirelessly in the days before and suffering severe losses in the process, the division's soldiers were completely exhausted. However, there was no time to rest as reconnaissance reported a gap in the enemy lines and a night attack was ordered.</p><p>Franz and his comrades carried out a rapid penetration and halted at Smalyavichy where they waited for the bulk of the division. With this attack, the northern arm of the Minsk pocket was closed. Quickly recognizing this threat, the Soviets counterattacked with a tank division reinforced with an armored train.</p><p>On 27 Jun, PR 25 destroyed the armored train and a transport train loaded with 20 tanks, 15 trucks, 5 anti-tank guns and 6 howitzers. However, this was achieved with heavy losses for the Germans. As a result of the serious losses, the regiment was reorganized into 2 Abteilungen: the I./PR 25 and the III./PR 25. The II/PR 25 was dissolved.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1540495937.screen-shot-2018-10-25-at-2-31-48-pm.png" style="width: 688px;"></p><p>On 28 Jun the city of Minsk fell. 7 PD continued to support the infantry divisions until the complete destruction of the encirclement on 30 Jun.&nbsp;</p><p>In early Jul 41, the 7 PD carried out reconnaissance patrols to find a crossing point over the Beresina River. On 3 Jul, they found at least one intact bridge near Lepel. The bulk of the division crossed the river on 5 Jul. Now the Division was fighting against the so-called "Stalin Line" located between the Dvina and Berezina rivers. They faced strong resistance from the Soviets when they deployed 3 divisions (2 were tank divisions) but the attacks were successfully repulsed causing high casualties.</p><p>On 10 Jul, the Soviets began to retreat and the Germans advanced rapidly managing to capture the city of Vitebsk and establishing a bridgehead on the Dvina River on 11 Jul. Franz apparently played a significant role in this action; for this he was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class on 16 Aug.</p><p>On 12 Jul, the Division reached Smelewa, located about 30 miles southeast of Vitebsk, where PR 25 again suffered serious losses. On 14 Jul the division captured Demidov.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1540496013.screen-shot-2018-10-25-at-2-33-03-pm.png" style="width: 622px;"></p><p>On 15 Jul, after a brilliantly executed attack by the I/PR 25, the division reached a point west of Jarzewo, just north of the highway Minsk-Smolensk-Wjazma. Thus began the siege of Smolensk.</p><p>On the afternoon of 18 Jul, a strong Soviet counterattack with about 100 tanks was successfully repulsed. A new enemy offensive action was shattered by artillery fire which destroyed as many as 30 tanks.</p><p>In another attack against the division's northern flank, 25 additional hostile tanks were destroyed.</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1540496053.screen-shot-2018-10-25-at-2-33-46-pm.png" style="width: 924px;"></p><p>On 21 Jul, the Division reported the following losses of tanks: Pz.Kw I – 7, Pz.Kw II - 24; Pz.Kw 38(t) - 112; Pz.Kw IV - 15; and Pz.Befw. - 8. During the following days, the Russians continued to press the defensive lines of the division along the Wop River, particularly in Jarzewo. There the Russians carried out several attempts to break out but were repulsed by counterattacks by PR 25.</p><p>On 26 Jul 41 the Division launched an attack towards the south and the PR 25 reached the Dnieper River. On 5 Aug 41, the Battle of Smolensk finally reached its conclusion and 7 PD was relieved by an infantry division.</p><p>On 19 Aug, the Division was put back on alert and ordered to reject a Soviet penetration in the front of the 161 Infanterie Division. The German front was re-established there the following day through a well-executed counterattack by the PR 25, SR 7 and Flak Abt 94.</p><p>On 21 Aug 41 the Russians managed to establish a bridgehead over the Wop and the division again eliminated the danger but at the cost of heavy casualties. Approximately 30 German tanks were destroyed as they overran the enemy positions and were attacked from the rear.</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1540496091.screen-shot-2018-10-25-at-2-34-21-pm.png" style="width: 728px;"></p><p>On 26 Aug 41 the 7th PD was again engaged in battle, this time to remove a Soviet bridgehead by Boldino manned by infantry reinforced with 50 tanks. The bridgehead was eventually eliminated by 6 Sep after the German suffered very heavy losses. At the end of this action, the entire 7 PD only had 130 remaining tanks of which only 14 were Mk IVs.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1540496128.screen-shot-2018-10-25-at-2-34-59-pm.png" style="width: 712px;"></p><p>After the engagement at Boldino, the Division was taken off the line to regroup and refurbish.</p><p>On 19 Sep the division began preparations for the final attack on Moscow. For this operation, the 7 PD was part of the LVI Panzerkorps in the 3 Panzer Armee, along with the 6 PD and the 14 Infanterie&nbsp; Division (Mot.). After a bridgehead was established over the Moskva-Volga canal, the PR 25 advanced eastward to the Wjasma, Klin area.</p><p>As is well known, the Soviets counterattacked at Moscow and drove the Division back to Rshew where it remained in fairly static defensive positions from Jan-May 42.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1540496160.screen-shot-2018-10-25-at-2-35-37-pm.png" style="width: 1012px;"></p><p>In Jun 42, Franz and his comrades were relocated to France which was a welcome relief from the struggles they encountered while being continuously engaged for 11 months on the Eastern Front. On 20</p><p>Aug 42, Franz was awarded the Ostmedaille for his service in the winter of 41/42. As a result of the gastritis formerly mentioned and the “contagious disease”, Franz was assigned to Genesenden Kompanie/Pz Ersatz Abteilung 25 which was a convalescent company from 16 Dec 42-18 Mar 43. This unit was located in Bamberg.</p><p>He was subsequently assigned to replacement and training units with Panzer Ersatz Abteilung 25 from 19 Mar-24 May 43. On 14 May 43, he was deemed medically fit for tropical service which played a large role in his next assignment.</p><p>On 25 May, he was assigned to duty on the Mediterranean island of Rhodes near Turkey with 2/Panzer Abteilung Rhodos. Rhodes was a Greek island that was occupied by an Italian garrison of 40000 soldiers. Shortly after his arrival there, Franz had a brief hospital stays for tonsillitis 20-24 Jun 43. On 1 Jul 43, Franz was promoted to Unteroffizier.</p><p>Franz’s unit was stationed about 7 miles from the city of Rhodes and the German presence there was between 6,000 and 8,000 men. The Germans had 4 panzergrenadier battalions; a reconnaissance unit with 1,500 men with armed sidecars and 60 armored cars; Franz’s tank battalion with over 25 Panzer IVs; 4 batteries of self-propelled guns (Wespes and Hummels); 5 88mm Flak batteries placed near the air bases; and a unit of about 300 Greeks in German uniform. Overall, the German forces had about 150 armored fighting vehicles, including Panzer IIs, Panzer IVs, StuG IIIs and 15 150mm self-propelled guns.</p><p>On 8 Sep 43, the armistice between Italy and the Allies took the Italian leadership and soldiers in Rhodes completely by surprise. The German commander asked the Italians for permission to freely move his forces in order to be able to quickly oppose a possible British landing, but received a strong refusal at midnight.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1540496208.screen-shot-2018-10-25-at-2-36-23-pm.png" style="width: 1014px;"></p><p>On 9 Sep, there were sporadic skirmishes between the Germans and Italians. Swift action against the Regina Division led to the capture of the commanding general who ordered his men to surrender. The Germans then captured the Maritsa air base. The Italians counterattacked with artillery fire which destroyed the German tanks that had occupied the airport, but also hit the Italian planes that were still there. When the noise of the shelling was heard in the harbor, the Italians captured a German vessel named Taganrog. The Germans on board were taken prisoner and brought to the city. A new Italian crew was placed aboard the ship, and the next day it left Rhodes for Symi. Meanwhile, the German successfully attacked the artillery shelling the air base.</p><p>On the night of 9/10 Sep, 2 British majors and a sergeant with a portable radio parachuted onto Rhodes and met with the Italian commander. They explained that it would be at least a week before any British reinforcements would arrive. One of the majors was given a letter from the Italian commander asking for assistance, and was subsequently evacuated to Symi Island on a torpedo boat.</p><p>Early on the morning of 10 Sep a German motorized formation moved towards Maritsa, although its advance was slowed by artillery fire from Mount Paradiso and Mount Fileremo, where isolated Italian Army units remained in action. In the afternoon the Maritsa battery, which was firing on the tanks that occupied the Maritsa air base, returned fire against some German 88 mm guns; together with the Melchiori battery and some mortars, they silenced the German guns, inflicting heavy casualties and losing 6 men. In the evening, German troops captured the positions on Mount Paradiso and Mount Fileremo.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1540496238.screen-shot-2018-10-25-at-2-36-58-pm.png" style="width: 1008px;"></p><p>On 11 Sep German air strikes damaged the Majorana battery and put the Navy radio station out of action.</p><p>The Germans threatened to bomb the city of Rhodes if the Italians didn’t cease hostilities throughout the island, release any German prisoners, and unconditionally surrender the Italian forces.</p><p>Although Italian army units continued to resist and the city and harbor were still in Italian hands, only 4 artillery batteries remained in action, and a German bombing of the city was certain to cause civilian casualties.</p><p>It was decided to negotiate a surrender.</p><p>Italian troops reacted with anger and incredulity to the news of the surrender, as in some areas they had successfully contained the German attacks, and believed that the Germans were running out of fuel and ammunition. Some German units had been forced to surrender during the battle and had been imprisoned in the Italian barracks; they were now released and given back their weapons, much to the indignation of the Italian soldiers who had fought against them.</p><p>The Italian surrender confronted the Germans with the problem of how to handle such a large number of prisoners with no ships available for their immediate removal. On 19 Sep 43, between 1,584 and 1,835 Italian prisoners were herded onto the captured Italian ship Donizetti, which then sailed for mainland Greece.</p><p>During the voyage the ship was intercepted and sunk by HMS Eclipse, unaware of her human cargo, with no survivors. On 12 Feb 44 the old steamer Oria, crammed with prisoners from Rhodes, ran aground during a storm and sank off Cape Sounion; only 21 prisoners were rescued, while at least 4,062 were lost in the sinking.</p><p>Overall, about 1,580 Italian soldiers managed to escape from Rhodes after the surrender; 6,520 were declared missing after the war. Most of them had died in the sinking of the ships that carried them to Greece while others starved to death in German prison camps on the island due to famine between 1944 and 1945.</p><p>Ninety were executed after the surrender, forty of them without trial.</p><p>Isolated episodes of resistance continued during the German occupation, both by Greek civilians and some Italians who had escaped capture.</p><p>On 27 Oct 43, Franz was reassigned to the Stabskompanie Panzer Abteilung Rhodos where he remained until the cessation of the war.</p><p>On 9 Mar 44, Franz received a Fuhrerpacket even though he never left the island. These were typically given to soldiers when they went home on leave, of course.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1540496299.screen-shot-2018-10-25-at-2-37-53-pm.png" style="width: 504px;"></p><p>On 1 Apr 44, there is a very odd rank change recorded in both Franz’s soldbuch and wehrpass. He was designated as a “Handwerker” or craftsman. Perhaps because of blacksmith and carpentry work before the war, he was able to use these talents on the island. Of all of the wehrpasse and soldbucher I’ve come across I’ve never again seen this “rank”.&nbsp;</p><p>On 17 October 1944 the division was formally dissolved. A smaller number of divisional units remained on the Island and Panzer Abteilung Rhodos was amongst them. These units underwent quite a bit of hardship with very little supplies and being isolated from other German forces while occasionally being bombarded by the British. These soldiers’ isolation is exemplified by the fact that Franz’s last leave was given in Feb 43 – before he was ever assigned to Rhodes.</p><p>Franz had another hospital stay 26 Oct – 4 Nov 44 for malaria. It’s surprising how apparently common the disease was – nearly every soldbuch I have for soldiers serving in southern Europe indicate this. Included in the document grouping is an uber-rare copy of the Regimental newspaper “Wacht auf Rhodos” dated 9 Feb 45.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1540496329.screen-shot-2018-10-25-at-2-38-27-pm.png" style="width: 816px;"></p><p>Nearing the end of the war, Franz received his final promotion to Feldwebel on 1 May 45. Franz and his remaining comrades on Rhodes surrendered to British Forces on 8 May when the German surrender was announced.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1540496389.screen-shot-2018-10-25-at-2-38-59-pm.png" style="width: 538px;"></p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1540496402.screen-shot-2018-10-25-at-2-39-09-pm.png" style="width: 954px;"></p><p>After Franz surrendered, he was moved to a British internment camp in Egypt. Included in the grouping are a number of pieces of correspondence sent by Franz to his wife Rosa who was still living in Coburg.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1540496451.screen-shot-2018-10-25-at-2-40-18-pm.png" style="width: 788px;"></p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1540496465.screen-shot-2018-10-25-at-2-40-28-pm.png" style="width: 1012px;"></p><p>Obviously, Franz was a skilled craftsman from all of the other documentation in the grouping. There is additionally a testimonial from his captors attesting to this fact dated 5 May 48.</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1540496519.screen-shot-2018-10-25-at-2-41-22-pm.png" style="width: 1010px;"></p><p>Franz was finally released from captivity on 26 Aug 48 and apparently arrived in Coburg on 3 Sep. The discharge certificate has a tremendous number of transit camp stamps on it.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1540496532.screen-shot-2018-10-25-at-2-41-37-pm.png" style="width: 1008px;"></p><p>After Franz returned home, he re-assimilated into civilian life. Here is his Driver License from 1948 and unused ration stamps from 1950 that are the last items in this grouping.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://i0.wp.com/yclas.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/59261/images/cms/1540496577.screen-shot-2018-10-25-at-2-42-32-pm.png" style="width: 932px;"></p><p>Franz passed away in July 2006 shortly before his 90th birthday in his hometown of Coburg. His wife, Rosa, was still alive at his death.&nbsp;</p><p><br></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><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p>

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