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Ibrahim Ahmad

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  1. This interview was recorded on Wednesday , 23rd April 2015. It was done in Hamburg , Germany and the person whom I interviewed was , Kurt Schmidt. And how I got to know him was though his granddaughter who is one of my good friend, Anna Lina. He held the rank of SS Sturmann in 1941 and rose up all the way to SS Oberscharführer in 1944 until he was captured by the Russians in Berlin. His commander at that time was SS Brigadeführer Wilhelm Mohnke. And his unit was the premier fighting unit of Germany , The Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1st_SS_Panzer_Division_Leibstandarte_SS_Adolf_Hitler My previous meetings with veterans were members of the Kriegsmarine who were part of the Monsun Uboot submarine group , http://monsun-uboats.blogspot.sg As a side note - How I met her granddaughter was very amusing !! While at a party in Singapore, a good German friend of mine introduced me to another German woman who married an Indonesian and living in Bali. We met again for my birthday dinner at Canggu Beach, Bali after a good surfing session and she found out about my interest in history. Later, a couple of weeks when she was back for a short holiday , she phoned me and told me that her Opa, grandfather was a soldier too , and was a member of the Leibstandarte. She didnt know what this means until I gave her a brief introduction and my interest. She was really surprised and very proud of her Opa .... By the way, even though hes turning 95, he is smart enough to use skype via the iphone 6+ to speak with his granddaughter !! Here is the full audio interview Part1 - https://soundcloud.com/ibrahim-ahmad-439056043/ss-oberscharfuhrer-kurt-schmidt-audio-interview-13-april-2015 Part2 - https://soundcloud.com/ibrahim-ahmad-439056043/ss-oberscharfuhrer-kurt-schmidt-audio-interview-23-april-2015 Part3 - https://soundcloud.com/ibrahim-ahmad-439056043/ss-oberscharfuhrer-kurt-schmidt-audio-interview-13-april-2016 Here is the full gallery of pictures from his photo album that he scanned and saved into a thumbdrive for me - https://www.flickr.com/photos/48284705@N08/sets/72157650686523374# ------ And these are the interview questions I asked him in German language * Wann sind Sie der Waffen-SS beigetreten ?? War das ihre freie Entscheidung oder wurden sie dafür ausgewählt?? * Was war Ihr erster Gedanke, als Sie erfuhren, dass Sie in dieser Elite Division kommen werden?? Was haben ihre Eltern, Familie und Freunde darüber gedacht?? Um Zugang zu dieser militärischen Einheit zu erlangen muss man körperlich sehr fit sein. * können Sie sich an ihren erste Kommandant erinnern?? Wie war Ihr erster Eindruck von ihm?? Und ihren kammeraden?? * Wo hat ihre militärische Ausbildung stattgefunden?? Wie hart haben sie das empfunden?? schätzen Sie etwas besonders an dieser Erinnerung?? ** Wo hat Ihr erster Einsatz stattgefunden?? Können Sie mir Ihre Erfahrungen genauer erläutern?? ** waren Sie im Kampf um Polen, September 1939 beteiligt ?? Können Sie mir bitte Ihre Erfahrungen erläutern Dazu werde ich ihm eine militärische Koordinierungs Karte zeigen ** Haben Sie sich in der Schlacht um Frankreich von Mai bis Juli 1940 beteiligt ?? Können Sie mir bitte erklären, welche Erfahrungen sie gemacht haben Dazu werde ich Ihnen eine militärische Koordinierungs Karte zeigen ** Haben Sie sich Im Kampf um den Balkan und Griechenland von März bis April 1941 beteiligt ?? Können Sie mir bitte erklären, welche Erfahrungen sie gemacht haben?? Dazu werde ich Ihnen eine militärische Koordinierungs Karte zeigen ** Lina zeigte mir ein Bild von Ihnen mit dem Eisernen Kreuz von Sepp Dietrich in der Ukraine eingerichtet Juli 1941. Können Sie mir sagen, wodurch Sie diese Auszeichnung erhalten haben?? Können Sie mir dazu mehr über ihre Erfahrungen in der Ukraine berichten?? Bitte lesen Sie diese militärische Koordination Karte ** Haben Sie sich in der Rückeroberung von Charkow Januar bis März 1943 beteiligt ?? Wie haben Sie sich nach diesem Sieg gefühlt?? Der die russische winteroffensive endlich beendete. Bitte lesen Sie diese militärische Koordination Karte ** Was halten Sie von dem nachfolgenden Verlust im Juni auf Juli 1943 in der Schlacht von Kursk?? In militärischer Hinsicht, was das eine große Niederlage. Die Wehrmacht ist nicht mehr in der Offensive und wird sich von der Ostfront zurückziehenden. Bitte lesen Sie diese militärische Koordination Karte **,wie wurden sie behandelt als Sie von den Sowjets gefangen genommen wurden ?? ** Wann erfuhren Sie über den Verbündeten Angriff an der Westfront?? Was haben Sie gedacht und gefühlt?? ** wie war ihr Leben nach dem Krieg, als Sie entlassen wurden und zurück nach Deutschland kehrten?? ** kam es zu treffen mit ihren Kameraden nach dem Krieg ?? ** Was sind Gedanken über: - Oberstgruppenführer Josef "Sepp" Dietrich, Brigadeführer Theodor Wisch, Brigadeführer Wilhelm Mohnke, Brigadeführer Kurt Meyer, ------------------- (English translations) * when did you joined the waffen ss ?? Did you volunteer or were you drafted ?? * what was your first impression when you found out that you were in this elite division ?? What did your parents , family & friends think ?? To qualify entrance to this military unit you have to be the best above everyone else in physical fitness * who was your first commander of your unit ?? What did you think of him and your unit comrades ?? * where was your military training ?? How tough was it ?? What do you most remember about it ?? * where was your first deployment ?? Can you please tell me your experience * Were you involved in the battle for Poland , September 1939 ?? Can you please tell me your experience , I will show him a military coordination map * Were you involved in the battle for France , May to July 1940 ?? Can you please tell me your experience , I will show him a military coordination map * Were you involved in the battle for the Balkans & Greece , March to April 1941 ?? Can you please tell me your experience , I will show him a military coordination map * Lina showed me a picture of you being decorated with the Iron Cross by Sepp Dietrich in Ukraine , July 1941. Can you tell me how you received that award ?? Can you tell me your experience in Ukraine ?? Please see this military coordination map * Were you involved in the recapture of Kharkov , January to March 1943 ?? How did you feel of this victory after finally stopping the Russian winter offensive. Please see this military coordination map * What do you think of the subsequent loss in June to July 1943 at the battle of Kursk ?? In military terms , after this huge military defeat . The Wehrmacht is no longer on the offensive and it is retreating from the eastern front. Please see this military coordination map ** when were you captured by the soviets ?? How were you treated ?? ** when did you know about the allies attack at the western front ?? What did you think and feel about it ?? ** after the war , when were you released and returned back to Germany ?? How was your life after that ?? ** did you meet up with any of your comrades after the war ?? ** what are thoughts on :- Oberstgruppenführer Josef "Sepp" Dietrich, Brigadeführer Theodor Wisch, Brigadeführer Wilhelm Mohnke, Brigadeführer Kurt Meyer, -------------------- **Update - Just days before my birthday on 21st May 2017 , he surprised me by sending 7 signed autographed of himself and a nice greeting postcard Thank you --------------------------- Looking for all relevant info & items on WW2 German U-boats in Singapore and Asia for my research. http://monsun-uboats.blogspot.com
  2. Hi everyone I am posting this on behalf of a friend and would like your honest opinon on a 50 Panzer Assault Badge , 4 & 8 Years SS Long Service Awards. Please see the pictures below. Thank you, Ibrahim Singapore --------------------------- Looking for all relevant info & items on WW2 German U-boats in Singapore and Asia for my research. http://monsun-uboats.blogspot.com/
  3. @fitzceraldo - I've updated my website to this http://monsun-uboats.blogspot.sg/ Thank you for your post and do keep in touch.
  4. Good morning everyone, Just a quick update on my website - http://monsun-uboats.blogspot.com/, here are something new that I have added – 1. Photo Album and Penang Island documents from a crew member of Uboat U178 , Please see the attachment and this link, pictures courtesy of Hastei @ forum-marinearchiv.de -- https://www.flickr.com/photos/48284705@N08/sets/72157631986373299/show 2. An ebook , U843 - Unter Nippons Sonne by Egbert Thomer – A German language book produced in 1959 ,based on the accounts by the surviving members on Monsun Uboat U843, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_submarine_U-843 . To download this book , click here , https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5-QxiqyvgX7eHFNQzJqVk9pMW8/view?usp=sharing Finally , I would like to wish everyone , Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year !! Frohe Weihnachten und ein gutes neues Jahr !! Yours, Ibrahim Singapore. --------------------------- Looking for all relevant info & items on WW2 German U-boats in Singapore and Asia for my research. http://monsun-uboats.blogspot.com/
  5. to piekenier - Thank you for the translation. Appreciate it
  6. Good morning everyone, I would like to know if this SA Marine Collar Tab 57/9 is rare ?? Also can some one please translate the words in this SA Sports Book ?? Thank you, Ibrahim
  7. hi hucks216, Thanks for the nice comments ibrahim
  8. Good morning everyone For the past couple of years Ive been gathering data on a unique subject which is WW2 german submarines in asia , the Monsun Uboats. http://monsun-uboats.blogspot.com/ It all started when the local singapore museum wanted me & some of my fellow teacher friends to do some WW2 historical presentation for the kids and thats how I found about this subject. Could you please give me reviews ?? Any constructive ways to improve my website ?? Also if you can help me identify the people in the photo sections , that would be great. And if you have any more information / pictures / videos , I would gladly appreciate it too. Thank you, Ibrahim Picture album of DKIG Franz Persch, Stabsobermaschinist of U-181 (12. U-Flotille) Picture courtesy of François Saez. --------------------------- Looking for all relevant info & items on WW2 German U-boats in Singapore and Asia for my research. http://monsun-uboats.blogspot.com/
  9. @ostprussenmann Thank you for the information my friend. Really appreciate it ;-) Cheers, Ibrahim
  10. Hello my friends, I recently bought a commemorative plate for the german 79th Infantry Division and would really welcome any information on the history of this unit. I did tried to google it but , came out the US 79th ID instead. I'll d really appreciate any help given. Thank You. Cheers, Ibrahim
  11. Thank You for the fast reply Gordon. This badge actually belongs to a Monsun UBoat man , Herr Arthur Baudzus, that I visited in Sydney.
  12. Hi all, This badge belonged to a UBoat veteran but unfortunately I know nuts about how to authenticate it. Hopefully you could help us. Thank you in advance !! Cheers, Ibrahim @ Bondi Beach, Sydney - Australia ;-)
  13. My dear friends, I would like your opinion on this unusual award, do you believe them to be authentic and also if any of you have ever seen something similar before. Thank You. Cheers, Ibrahim. This is an extract from a chapter about the uboats in Penang, Asia. See my website for a pdf copy of this chapter " UBoat Base, Penang by by Khoo Salma Nasution" http://monsun-uboats.spaces.live.com/
  14. Ibrahim Ahmad

    Deutsches Klingenmuseum - German Blade Museum

    My friends, Here is the website to this museum http://www.klingenmuseum.de And this is a good video introduction about it The location , address & opening time The overall overview of the museum
  15. Ibrahim Ahmad

    Deutsches Klingenmuseum - German Blade Museum

    I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to - Michael Everett , Frederick J. Stephens , Tom Johnson and James Brown (Damast) - for all the help and advise given. Thank you guys ;-) Cheers, Ibrahim.
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