Bernhard H.Holst

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  1. Hello: Signature of Gen.Lt. Hans Freiherr von Boineburg-Lengsfeld, while commander of Greater Paris in 1944. Recipient is the Lt.Colonel Kurt von Kraewel then commander of a Sicherungs Regt. stationed in Paris who on 20.July 1944 was tasked by Gen.v. Boineburg to arrest all SS and Sicherheitsdienst members. That mission was successfully accomplished. After the collapse of the coup they were released under a pretext. Both officers evaded any consequences and survived the war. BTW: v. Kraewel was recipient of the German Cross i.Silver with date of 8.March 1943 while on staff duty on the Eastern Front. This writer is the custodian of v. Kraewel's surviving military documents. Bernhard H. Holst
  2. Hello Dave. Thank you for a very interesting post concerning this little known unit which had very important missions to fulfill. I have always been intrigued by it and now my curiosity has finally been satisfied. Bernhard H. Holst
  3. Hello: Thank you for this post. I am from the area of the former Kingdom of Hanover from which most of the members of the Kings German Legion were formed I have a special attachment to such items. Bernhard H. Holst
  4. Hello Kevin. An April 1945 allied air raid on Potsdam destroyed the depository for imperial military records as you are certainly aware of. I understand that Bavarian, Saxon and Wuerttemberg records survived in their respective local archives. That is due to their somewhat special status within the German Empire. But we or rather I do not know what official methods existed in regards to Soldbuch / Wehrpass and such documents pertaining to General/Admiral Officers once their service ended. WW I for Germany ended in an orderly still administratively functioning government. WW II however was mainly chaos with many personal documents lost for different reasons. Bernhard H. Holst
  5. Hello. I do follow offers of both Imperial and Third Reich era documents and through your post come to the same conclusion. What if any regulation(s) existed that covered the issue of General Officers personal i.d. and such is unknown to me. As to Kaiserliche Marine documents to heavy surface units crew their absence is also noticeable. Thank you for bringing up this subject . Bernhard H. Holst
  6. Hello Pete. Thank you for posting the additional information. Nightfighter may have possibly caused the downing of this plane or antiaircraft fire, we will never know. But somehow a closing to this one event among uncounted othersis arrived at. Tragically so near to the end of the war. Bernhard H. Holst
  7. Hello Andy. Well Gremmels seems to be the one after all. I.R. 77 was a Hanoverian regiment ( 2.Hannoversches Infanterie Regiment Nr.77 ). RIR 215 was apparently recruited from Hanoverian area. Bernhard H. Holst
  8. Hello readers. I do agree with Andy re. Gremmers. The letter before the last on third or fourth look must be "r". Grey c. :The Goslar location given as the location of the cap's maker seems to point to Jg.Bataillon 10 (Hannoversches) garrisoned in Goslar. Distinguished with the "Gibraltar" cuff title. Bernhard H. Holst
  9. Hello Chris. I have reviewed the history of this battalion and was unable to come up with a similar name in any of the personnel lists contained in it. I read the name as K. Gremels or possibly Gremmels considering the horizontal stroke atop the "m" indicating a "mm". Bernhard H. Holst
  10. Hello Tim. re. Stawny, Adalbert (4.Battr. d.Ers.Batls.) .... is simply a grammatical clarification indicating 4.Battr. des Ers. Bataillons. Bernhard H. Holst
  11. Hello Michael. That would be nice. My current health unfortunately gives me little energy to even compile a list of my Foreign Legion unit fatal losses which is up to date and close to my heart. But such is fate/destiny or whatever we want to call it. Am lucky to have made it this far... Bernhard H. Holst
  12. Hello. It seems such people are at work wherever items in demand can be gotten by trickery and then sold to most often, unsuspecting collectors. H.M. prison system I dare hope has its ways to give special accommodations and such to deserving felons. BTW: this writer had the opportunity to see the very accuracy if not to call it surgical precision with which the Edertal Dam was taken out when visiting the immediate area shortly after the attack. My hat is still off to these daring air crews from the then other side. Bernhard H. Holst
  13. Hello Brian. Should he or she shoot back at the pictured shooter he will end up with a whole bunch of rock fragments in his precious body ( the steel pot/battle bowler notwithstanding ). The spare magazines appear to be tottering already. Please take this from a former service man as constructive criticism who has only your very best interest in mind though rooting for the one less powerfully armed. This writers experience is with the French automatic rifle ( FM 24/29 ) very similar to the Bren. Bernhard H. Holst PS: not likely to be driven to drink but enjoying your writing as always. B.H.H.
  14. Hello readers. Lt.d.R. Frauendorf, Martin was born Dec.11. 1883 and in peace time owned a factory. At the time of his activities leading to the award of the Military St.Henry he commanded the 5th Company of the Saxon Inf.Rgt. 102. He distinguished himself during the Battle of the Somme against French troops. The award is dated 12. Oct. 1916. He survived WW I. This information is taken from the ref.book of recipients of the Military St.Henry . Bernhard H. Holst
  15. Hello Kevin. Thanks for your latest post. Budapest flights must have been hair raising. Breslau also comes to mind. A fellow I worked with flew Italian three engine planes ( ...-Marchetti ) similar to Ju-52. His usual route was Italy to Wiener Neustadt. Wather also a factor with flying across the Alps... Bernhard H. Holst