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Everything posted by hucks216

  1. I have posted a reply in the original thread to avoid duplication of effort.
  2. Goerings Grenadiers by Antonio Munoz covers all the LW Feld-Division histories with about 3 pages covering the period you seek and trying to uncover the confusion about what survived and where they were assigned. It would seem that the Russians were aware of the poor combat value of the division and planned their offensive to actually target it and the other weak units in the area. During the divisions retreat the Russians sliced through the retreating columns. An Army High Command report for 19th January 1944 stated that communications had been lost with 9.Feld-Division (L) (Mehner: Die Geheimen Tagesberichte Volume 9) with the division having been wiped out on the night of the 19th January north of Krasnoye Selo and Ropscha. Based on the narrative in that book it would seem that the majority of the survivors came from the rear area troops of the division with survivors eventually being assigned to various other units including 126.Inf.Division. The 9.Feld-Division (L) admin section was absorbed by the newly formed 20.Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS while a number of truck supply units from the both 9.& 10. Luftwaffe Divisions were absorbed by 3.SS-Panzerkorps, 11.SS-Nordland Division and the SS Nederland Brigade ( NARA - T-311 Roll 72 which has a number of Heeregruppe Nord Ia entries for 14th March, 5th, 10th, 19th & 21st April.) But as for the combat effectiveness of the division, which was poor to begin with, it effectively ceased to exist after the third week of January 1944.
  3. Chances are that it's FJR-1 but as it has been written out by a medical unit it isn't rare for the unit entry to be confusing or wrong.
  4. Here is his Kartei: And this is the Kartei for Friedrich Olbricht:
  5. Not much on him in the Luftwaffe Officer Career Summaries but at least it gives his date of birth: MAUS, Dr. Johann (Johannes). (DOB: 13.04.97). 20.02.43 Maj., trf from RLM pool to Stab/IV. Lw.- Feldkorps. 01.01.44 promo to Obstlt. 12.09.44 Obstlt., appt Kdr. Flak-Rgt. 9.
  6. Please post your unknown Second World War Kriegsmarine Signatures here.
  7. Please post your unknown Second World War Heer/Waffen-SS/Polizei signatures here.
  8. Can't say that I know of where to look but would the German Embassy be able to help with a list? Not sure where such a request would lay with regards to the German data privacy laws but it isn't as if you are asking for addresses of family etc. This book might be helpful. It seems to have a list of 400 Nazi party members in the UK pre-war so would include diplomats I would assume: http://www.sussex-academic.com/sa/titles/history/barnes.htm
  9. The 1938 Stellenbesetzung shows a Hauptmann Pfeifer which I would say matches that signature.
  10. Unfortunately, without looking in to the records it won't be possible to determine what unit he belonged to. At one time or another there would of been a few Pionier related units based on Guernsey. Some examples being: 4./Festung-Bau-Btl 157 Stab & 1./Bau.Pi.Btl 158 3./Brücken-Bau-Btl 521 Eisenbahn-Bau-Btl 511 2./Festung-Bau-Btl 152
  11. Johann Buckreus died on the 4th February 1942 and is buried on Guernsey at Fort George cemetery in St. Peter Port in Grave 68. He was born on 4th October 1906 in Haag am Hausrueck and held the rank of Oberpionier when he died. (Source: Volksbund) There is a photo of his grave headstone available from this site: Buckreus Grave
  12. Just out of curiosity, why do you think it is a U-Boat commander? Kapitän zur See is too high a rank for a U-Boat commander and possibly too high for a U-Boat Flotilla commander, especially wartime.
  13. Thank you for the thread. I was in Qingdao in 2007 and it is a pity I didn't know about this place then.
  14. I don't think there are any files at NARA for non-Officers (except possibly SS) and in terms of awards the DKiG holders don't seem to get anywhere near the same exposure as RKT. NARA has pension files for RKT but as far as I know it doesn't have details for DKiG winners. Even in specific unit history books it is not uncommon for the winners of the DKiG to get no mention at all - over 24,000 were awarded so it isn't surprising considering how relatively common it is. Your best hope would be to contact Deutsche Dienstelle and request a copy of his service details and hope that the person at DD who receives the request is one of those who doesn't stick to the letter of the law. However, considering that there are 75 'Wilhelm Grimm' listed as being killed in Volksbund you will need his date, and possibly place, of birth to stand any chance of them locating him in their files.
  15. General der Panzertruppe Hermann Balck Born: 7th Dec 1893 Died: 29th Nov 1982 Kommandeur Schützen-Regiment 1 Kommandeur Panzer-Regiment 3 Kommandeur 2 Panzer-Brigade Kommandeur 11 Panzer-Division stellv.Führung Infanterie-Division Großdeutschland Kommandeure XXXXVIII Pz.Korps Oberbefehlshaber 4 Panzerarmee Oberbefehlshaber Heeresgruppe G Oberbefehlshaber 6 Armee Ritterkreuz - 3rd Jun 1940 / Eichenlaub - 20th Dec 1942 / Schwertern - 4th Mar 1943 / Brillianten - 31st Aug 1944 Image: EK II citation
  16. Oberleutnant zur See Hartwig Gayen Kommandant M-21 (2.Minensuchflottille) DKiG: 26 Aug 1944
  17. Oberleutnant zur See Walter Colsmann Kommandant M-9 (2.Minensuchflottille) DKiG: 07 Apr 1944
  18. Generalleutnant Kurt Feldt Born: 22 Nov 1887 Died: 11 Mar 1970 Highest rank reached: General der Kavallerie Kdr 1.Kavallerie-Brigade Kdr 1.Kavallerie-Division Kdr 24.Pz.Division Chef des Militärverwaltungsbezirk B Kdr Generalkommando Feldt General z.b.V. in den Stab vom Wehrmachtsbefehlshaber Dänemark RK: 23 August 1941
  19. Oberst Helmut Friebe Born: 04 Nov 1894 Died: 14 Jan 1970 Highest rank reached: Generalleutnant Adjutant XXI.Armeekorps Kdr Inf.Ers.Rgt 1 Kdr Inf.Rgt 164 Kdr Inf.Rgt 419 Kdr 125.Inf.Division Kdr 22.Inf.Division/Volksgren.Division stellv.Kdr LXIV.Armeekorps RK: 13 Aug 1941 DKiG: 16 Jan 1942
  20. SS-Standartenführer Franz Schreiber Born: 08 May 1904 Died: 22 Feb 1976 Chef 3./SS-Standarte 'Germania' Kdr I/SS-Inf.Rgt 6 Kdr Gebirgsjäger-Rgt 12 Kdr 6.SS-Gebirgs-Div 'Nord' RK: 26 Dec 1944 DKiG: 19 Jan 1942
  21. SS-Oberführer Theodor 'Teddy' Wisch Born: 13 Dec 1907 Died: 11 Jan 1995 Highest rank reached: SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS SS-Sonderkommando Berlin Chef 1./LSSAH Kdr II/LSSAH Kdr SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt 2 LSSAH Kdr 1.SS-Pz.Division LSSAH RK: 15 Sep 1941 EL: 12 Feb 1944 Schw: 30 Aug 1944 DKiG: 25 Feb 1943
  22. Generalmajor Wilhelm Schneckenburger Born: 30 Mar 1891 Died: 14 Oct 1944 - died of wounds received on 13th October from a low level aircraft attack. Highest rank reached: Generalleutnant Chef d.Generalstabes stellv.Generalkommando III.Armeekorps Kdr 125.Inf.Division Deutscher General beim der 3. rumänischen Armee Kdr XVII.Armeekorps Kdr Korps Belgrade Kdr Korpsgruppe Schneckenburger RK: 01 Aug 1942 DKiG: 05 May 1942
  23. A friend has asked me to try and identify this signature for him and I am currently stuck on it, I can not even identify the first letter. Is it an A, F or something else? It is signed on behalf of GdA Wiktorin and there is a chance it could be a Luftwaffe Generalleutnant and I am basing that solely on not being able to find a Heer name in my books and files that might fit. So could be Heer but could be Luftwaffe.
  24. hucks216

    Naval Records

    For pre-1928 RN service records you can search, buy & download them here for a couple of quid: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/royal-navy-ratings-service-records-1853-1928/ Other options for later records are listed here: http://www.royalnavyresearcharchive.org.uk/Records_page.htm
  25. Dr Franz Gürtner Born: 26 August 1881 Died: 29 January 1941 Reichsminister der Justiz