Tyler Machalk
10/31/18

Wehrmacht Führerschein for Otto Ploger-Hennings – Panzerjäger Abteilung 195 (95 ID), Panzerjäger Abteilung 106 (106 ID), 1/schwere Panzerjäger Abteilung 559.

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.

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. 

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!

Major Gruber was later awarded the Knight’s Cross on 14 Aug 43 while commander of the Sturmgeschutz Abteilung 209. 

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.

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). 

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.

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. 

All work above was put together and researched by Jason Karlen. Thank you for allowing your work to be shared on Freedom2collect.


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