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  1. Huck, thanks for the help. I have a buddy in DC who may be able to help with the NARA. Yes my scans do not show full detail, but Josef is wearing a Panzer wrapper, but it seems to be grey. Not black, so I was guessing Either Assault gunner or Panzerjager. PJ may make more since because the piping (waffenfarbe) on his shoulder boards in the death photo look lighter than period photos of Artillery guys that I have seen in the past. Either way, this is a fun project.
  2. I am looking for Waffen SS casualty lists for Enlisted Soldiers for either 1st LAH, 2nd DF, or 12 HJ Panzer Divisions in 1945 (these are my best guess on units from photos). Yes I know this is a big request, however, I think that I can help narrow it down if you just stay with me. So recently, after spending last weekend with my extended family looking at photos, I was given a death card and a photo of my great grandmother's sister's kid. I am just trying to find out anymore information. Information that I know: Name: Joseph Becker Born: 28 March 1924 Died: 29 July 1945 Photo (i know these are hard to tell, but the Death Card looks like Josef has Slip-on LAH cyphers, however, they could also be Der Fuhrer. These are the best scans that I could get) Dort is mein Bruder Josef (there is my brother Joseph) It's very hard to read the rest but I think it says something about meeting in Bonn near the Rhein River on 12 January 1945. possibly when he was home on leave? Death Card Ich habe keinen anderen Wunsch mehr, als dass ihr fur mich betet I have no other desire, than that you all pray for me (either this is from a scripture, or a request from the mother. Monika?) zum frommen Andenken an den Gefreiter Josef Becker In pious remembrance of the Corporal Joseph Becker (the first part is hard to translate directly, but sort of like "in loving memory of") Born on 28 March 1924 Died on 29 July 1945 an den folgen einer schweren Schuss-verletzung im Lazarett zu Schaerding am Inn As a result of a serious gunshot injury in the Hospital at Schaerding am Inn (Shaerding am Inn is a small town in Austria about 10km south of Passau Bavaria. The Inn river is the boundary between Austria and Bavaria, and Schaerding sits on the Austrian side of the river, hence the name "on the river Inn" in the title). Am 2 August 1945 wurde er auf dem Friedhof in Schaerding beigesetzt On 2 August 1945 he was buried at the cemetery in Schaerding If anyone could help with narrowing down unit, date of enlistement, awards, action of death, etc., it would be appreciated. Die schwergepruefte Mutter und die trauernden Geschwister bitten um ein Gebet fuer ihren lieben Toten The grieving mother and the mourning siblings ask for a prayer for their dear deceased Herr, gib ihm die ewige Ruhe Lord, give him eternal rest Thanks in advanced.

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    15 document grouping for a Sergeant from Baden Life Grenadier Regiment Nr. 109. Alfred Lutterbach. Has award documents for EKII and Baden Silver Verdienst Medal shows promotions from Unteroffizier to Sergeant during awarding of medals, and post-War documents with Nazi stamps. It also comes with his ribbon bar and I got this direct from the family. Price is negotiable. I take PayPal either a gift or you pay an extra 4% for PayPal fees and you cover shipping if you want anything else but standard service (i.e.: air, next day, etc. I will use UPS, FedEx, or UPS.). Shipping is paid for by Buyer. PM me for specifics


  4. I honestly don't even get this post? He is asking on every forum out there. what I am going to do, walk around the MAX with a sign saying I have named ribbon groups for sale for the random person who has been asking on every forum out there? Then see if he walks up to me?
  5. Well your first bar looks like a Prussian Red Eagle order with Crown, Prussian Crown Order, Long Service Medal, ?, Kaiser Centennial Medal. In the first bar first picture also has a EkII. More to follow later

    If it was anything higher than a BSM it would be easier to research. One thing you might try is to look up the name on "find a grave". It is not likely the man is living. Most of the vets are in their 90s
  7. Recently my friend acquired a GJR 137 Waffenrock for Adolf Frank (name in tunic). We are trying to find out if this officer was awarded any medals or badges either from WW1 or WW2. This is what we have found so far: ANY HELP WOULD BE APPRECIATED!!! This website lists all the key leaders for GJR 137 in early 1939, and confirms that Hauptmann Dr. Frank was the Kompanie Chef for 2nd CO / I. Battalion / GJR 137 http://gliederungundstellenbesetzung.blogspot.com/2008/07/gebirgsjger-regiment-137-gebjgrgt137-d.html However I hit the jackpot with this research from the Axis History Forum. This guy in Austria compiled a master list of all the Austrian officers from the Bundesheer who transferred into the Wehrmacht in 1938. http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=208886 After looking through all of his spreadsheets I found a Dr. Adolf Frank who must be the same guy. According to the spreadsheet, Dr. Adolf Frank lived from 14 June 1901 - 12 September 1939. His date of ranks are: Oberleutnant on 1 September 1934 (Austrian Bundesheer), Hauptmann on 1 April 1937 (Austrian Bundesheer), and Major on 1 January 1939 (German Wehrmacht). Last known assignment was GJR 137. Former unit in the Austrian Bundesheer was AJR 10. This article on Feldgrau.com lists what Austrian units were incorporated into the Wehrmacht in 1938. http://www.feldgrau.com/articles.php?ID=7 According to this website, in 1938 the Steiermarkischen Alpenjäger-Regiment 10 "Feldmarschall Conrad von Hötzendorf" (5th Austrian Division) re-flagged to become III./GJR 138 This is from his email: "So what I learned from all this is that Dr. Adolf Frank was an Austrian officer from at least 1934-1938, in 1938 his unit (AJR 10 5th Austrian Division) transferred to III./GJR 138, and then shortly thereafter (late 1938/early 1939) he transferred to 2./I./GJR 137 as Company Commander. Then apparently he died in the Polish campaign after only two weeks of war??? What doesn't make sense is that according to the spreadsheet he promoted to Major in January 1939, however according to other sources he was still Kompanie Chef in early 1939. In addition the tailor label in the Waffenrock says it's from 1939 and the rank on the shoulders is still Hauptmann. I wonder if he was still a Company Commander when the Polish campaign kicked off.....or maybe he promoted to Major and got bumped up to a staff position? If he was really born in 1901 then he was a fairly old Company Commander (38 years old). This means he would have been only 17 when WW1 ended, so I wonder if he would have been too young to participate in that war? Was the Austro-Hungarian Empire drafting 17 year-olds in 1918? That sucks if he died in the second week of the Polish campaign. I looked up the history of the 2nd Mountain Division in the 1939 Polish Campaign in Kaltenegger's history of the Gebirgsjager and it seems that 2nd GJ DIV and 1st GJ DIV both jumped off from Slovakia and marched nearly 300km to capture Lemberg in far southeastern Poland (modern-day Ukraine). I understand that 1st GJ DIV took a lot of casualties capturing Lemberg, and apparently GJR 137 was re-assigned to 1st GJ DIV during this operation. However the battle for Lemberg occurred at least a week after this officer died (supposedly 12 September 1939). At any rate they lost a ton of guys fighting for Lemberg, and then had to hand it over to the Red Army as per the secret diplomatic agreement with the Soviets. Now I just need to figure out what awards were appropriate for an Austrian officer in peacetime (1934-1938), and if this guy served in WW1 as a young teenager. Also if he died in the Polish campaign then maybe there is a record somewhere of the casualty lists by unit, and maybe awards he might have received. Would it have been standard practice if you are an infantrymen who dies in active combat that you receive the Infantry Assault and Wound Badge posthumously? (and maybe EKII if you are a combat leader like a company commander?)" Thanks.
  8. Beautiful display. Very nice
  9. Oh interesting story. I wish I could be there and find some stuff.
  10. Was there a body or anything found. If not, maybe Einecke buried the stuff himself. Either way It is such an amazing find.
  11. Thanks for the info and links regarding the GPB. I normally am not interested in this topic, however, i have been looking for information on a specific GPB holder. This will help.
  12. I can't read the first name but the last name definitely looks seems to be Einecke. If this is the case, the guy scored big time.
  13. Did you dig that. I have never seen a Golden Party Badge number that low before. Thanks for sharing.
  14. Can anyone provide me some information on what happened to this guy after WWII? I have done some extensive research on Hass, have units, awards, and some other stuff, but I cannot find anything on if he was captured, disappeared, or lived out his life. Any help would be appreciated. The last known rank was Hauptmann dR and it was either as Commander of 7th Pi BN or as a Kompanie Fuhrer (Commander) in 198th Pi BN. It ends there. Thanks
  15. Thanks for the information. As for Hass' stuff, my collector buddy told me the following about all of the original grouping: in the 1960s, the Hass family gave the grouping up to Weitze or another private collector. It consisted of two uniforms (one with a sewn on DKiG and one with all of the metal badges )golden party badge, wehrpass, soldbuch, photos, mug, dog tag, a bunch of award documents, and enlistment document. Finally when it all came to weitze at some point the entire group was split up and went to the four winds. Kind of sad. I would love to find out what happened to him after the war because I am thinking since Hass had been a NSDAP golden member since 1933, he was probably put in a POW camp somewhere. Well if I find anything else, I will let you know. Thanks again
  16. Yes, this is true. The original source of this article came into effect this past January across all services. The Navy and Marine Corps used to give a "V" device in two ways: 1) For a Combat Distinguishing Device, now like the "C" device; and 2) for actual Valor. The Navy and Marine Corps could actually get one on their NAMs (Navy Achievement Medal) also. That is why you see the current CJCS with a "V" on his Legion of Merit. He got it as a Regimental Commander for a Combat Achievement during the Invasion of Iraq, not for Valor. The USAF, would give out for Valor, but they also have some unit award that could get a V. The Army would only give out a "V" for VALOR ONLY and this would only go down to the Army Commendation Medal. (I have one of these). DoD did this to try to get all of the services on the same page with the "V" device. Hope this helps.
  17. I am thinking it is not a specific ribbon bar to this gentleman. The angle of the photo looks like the ribbons are too big compared to the ones in the photo. Some advice an advanced collector told me (not being a smart ass here just trying to help)--> "Buy the item, not the story."
  18. You can post in the Classified Adverts Page. BTW, if you have a nice SA Treffen Badge (Type II Stamped or Solid Back with Vertical Pin) I would be interested

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    Original and very extensive document bundle of papers of the major from 5. Baden field artillery regiment Nr.76 from the time before 1918. Erwin Ludwig von Steinberg, born in Oberkirch, Baden, on 17 May 1867. Married 4 October 1894 to Luise Agnes Gustava Elsbeth (Else) Freiin von Berg. After leaving active duty, they lived in Eschenhof bei Winterbach, Baden. They had one son, Heinz Martin Alexander Erwin Bernhard, born 4 April 1909 in Eschenhof. Career Statistics: 16.05.1888 - Portepée-Fähnrich, 1.GFAR 15.01.1889 - Sek.-Lieut., 1.GFAR 15.02.1890 - transferred to Reserve of 1.GFAR, commanded to FAR 15 19.05.1891 - returned to active duty with FAR 15, with Patent of 15.02.1889 18.08.1896 - Prem.-Lieut., transferred to FAR 10 01.04.1899 - commanded to the Great General Staff for one year 01.04.1900 - transferred to FAR 46 01.10.1900 - promoted to Hauptmann (no Patent) 01.04.1903 - transferred to FAR 14 as a Batterie-Chef 27.01.1904 - Patent as Hauptmann (P3p) 17.11.1906 - Retired 14.11.1916 - char. Major I got this document grouping from a member here about 10 years ago. It includes: 1. Urkunden Reifezeugnis zum Portepeefähnrich, 2. dem Reifezeugnis zum Offizier, 3. dem Patent zum Portepeefähnrich, 4. dem Patent zum Second Lieutenant, 5. dem Patent zum Premierlieutenant, 6. der Urkunde zum EK I 7. und EK II 8. dem Kreuz der Ritter vom königlichen Hausordens von Hohenzollern mit Schwertern, 9. der Medaillie zum 100 Geburtstag von Kaiser Wilhelm I , 10. dem Roten Adlerorden 4 Klasse 11. dem Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwerter des Ordens vom Zähringer Löwen.


  20. Gents I have a very nice EM Pionier Waffenrock that has everything original to the tunic minus the Collar tabs. If you have a matching set or know where I can find them, please direct me to the source or let me know. I am looking for the standard issue ones. I have checked most sites over the last year and spoke with friends, but no one seems to be able to find them. Any help would be appreciated. If I posted this int he wrong section, I apologize in advance.
  21. $3-6k USD. You may lose some value off the high end because all of it needs to be restored, however As it is named, so it could add value off the mid-end