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  1. Please post your unknown First World War Luftstreitkräfte signatures in this thread.
  2. Interesting image. These tended to be part of photo packs that soldiers could buy and I also think they were sometimes compiled in book form as a sort of divisional history for a particular campaign.
  3. It doesn't work like that anymore I don't think. Photobucket now require a payment of $400 a year for people to host images to a website using Photobucket.
  4. I have often wondered how the death or injury of a soldier was reported along the chain of command all the way back to the family. From the moment a soldier was killed who was informed and how was it reported? There was a brief discussion about this on AHF and it seems that the first the family would know about someone being killed would be when they received a letter from the man's Company Commander - no priest or political representative turning up to inform them, no telegram from a central issuing authority that coordinated such things (think of the Mel Gibson film We Were Soldiers where the taxi driver delivers the telegrams) but the postman delivering a letter straight from the front. I suppose with the losses being sustained such local people couldn't be spared for the time it would take to get around to see everyone but I am surprised that there did't seem to be some sort of central authority in each district (Wehrkreis) responsible for breaking the news. Such Wehrkreis level units did perform admin tasks with regards to the deceased soldier whereby they would forward on the man's Wehrpass and any associated paperwork to the family but this could be weeks or months afterwards. So, can anyone shed any light on how the man's unit reported the death and the chain that information followed from Division upwards to whatever authority and then down the chain to the family? Loss lists for units do exist so the men were reported officially but to who, and then who did the next link in the chain report it to? This example for a Johann Merkle from Pionier-Kp 707 seems to show the report was passed to the Ersatz Unit in Ingolstadt but would it of been passed up to Korps level, then Army Group level for them to send back to the Ersatz unit or would it of bypassed them all and gone straight back to the home based depot? At the other, family, end the following items would seem to be the course of how they would receive news of the man's death and subsequent arrangements but a letter from the Company Commander being the first news just seems to bypass official channels, if such channels existed, although I have no doubt that it is how a lot of families found out about the death of a loved one. First, the letter from the Kompanie-Chef reporting the death.. This was then followed a whole 5 months later by the sending via the local Wehrmeldeamt of the man's Wehrpass to his family (so where did they get the authority from to know to do this?): This was followed by his Death Certificate and related paperwork 6 months after his death: And if possible the unit would send a photo of his field grave: For completeness, here is his entry in the Volksbund and a photo of his grave today.
  5. Without a rank, name and what service he was in I think this might be impossible to find out. The name in the bottom corner may be the person who drew it and not the person the picture is of. But even if the name shown is the man in the picture he might just of been one of the many thousands of unknown troops who served and left no footprint in history outside of their families. However, there is a Karl Wrobel listed in the Volksbund as dying in a Russian PoW camp in 1947. The dates on the reverse of the portrait might just relate to the spell in a particular camp before he was moved elsewhere. These are the details for that man: Nachname: Wrobel Vorname: Karl Dienstgrad: Volkssturmmann Geburtsdatum: 06.06.1908 Geburtsort:Forellengrund Todes-/Vermisstendatum: 27.08.1947 Todes-/Vermisstenort: In d. Kgf. in Wysokij Karl Wrobel ist vermutlich als unbekannter Soldat auf die Kriegsgräberstätte Charkow überführt worden. Grablage: wahrscheinlich unter den Unbekannten
  6. An example of the Drivers Badge in Silver to a long serving soldier in Pi.Btl 45 and signed by Karl Hermann Zehm.
  7. Work in progress... Anschluss of Saarland, Rheinland, Austria, Sudetenland etc Reichsparteitage of the NSDAP Volksabstimmung & Plesbecite
  8. Hauptmann Helmuth Schwing Born: 23 May 1908 Died: 21 Apr 1992 Highest rank reached: Oberstleutnant. Served in Bundeswehr until 1964. Chef 3./Pi.Btl 62 Chef 2./Pi.Btl 62 Kdr Sturm-Pi.Btl 43 Pi.Btl Grossdeutschland Ub.Kdo Heeresgruppe A Kdr Pz.Pi.Btl 39 OKH Sonderstab III RK: 30 Dec 1943
  9. Can't find anything out about him as such but he does not appear in the 1941 Kriegsmarine Rangsliste. And he isn't listed in Hitlers Marine im Landkriegseinsatz 1939-45.
  10. Major Rudolf Hünermann Born: 15 Aug 1895 Died: 27 Dec 1955 Highest rank reached: Generalleutnant Chef St. Wehrwirtsch. und Rüstungsamt Chef Wehrwirtsch. St. West OFK 894 Korück 19.Armee
  11. Dr Wilhelm Stuckart Born: 16 Nov 1902 Died: 15 Nov 1953 Reich Ministry of Interior, Division I Chairman Reich Committee for the Protection of German Blood (Co-author of The Nuremburg Laws) Attendee at The Wansee Conference Interior Minister in Doenitz's Flensberg Government Arrested for war crimes, he was sentenced to time served in April 1949.
  12. A variant to a member of Fla.Btl 613 and bearing the signature of Friedrich Herrlein.
  13. Heeres-Flakartillerie-Abt Grossdeutschland - signed by Eugen Wößner
  14. The book Red Storm Over The Balkans by David Glantz covers the fighting in Romania during the spring of 1944.
  15. Generalleutnant Eugen Wößner Born:18 Aug 1896 Kdr I/Art.Rgt 61 Kdr Art.Rgt Stabes z.b.V 781 Stoart Stab Heeresgruppe A Stoart Stab Heeresgruppe Süd Kdr Art.Rgt 10 Arko 103 Kdr 262.Inf.Div Kdr 197.Inf.Div General der Heeresflaktruppen und Inspekteur der Heeresflaktruppen DKiG: 09 Sep 1944
  16. General der Polizei Kurt Max Franz Daluege Born: 15 Sep 1897 Died: 23 Oct 1946 - executed for war crimes in Prague Highest rank reached: SS-Oberstgruppenführer und Generaloberst der Polizei Chef deer Deutschen Ordnungspolizei Chef Hauptamt Ordnungspolizei stellv. Reichsprotektor Böhmen und Mähren RK KvK mit Schwertern: 07 Sep 1943 DKiS: 10 Sep 1942
  17. According to WW-2 Awards, his Wehrpass does exist in a collection somewhere. That would provide pointers to some of the answers. And I have just found out that his Wehrpass & Soldbuch was sold on the WAF a few years ago and resides in France, but who that owner is I have not got a clue.
  18. Nice photo - do you think it is a relative of the previous owner?
  19. There are many variants of citations for Sports Awards from the more formal German Horseman's & SA Sports Badge to the less formal unit-level sports day certificates. Here is an example of the latter for a member of 52 ID and signed by Lothar Rendulic and also the soldiers booklet/citation for the Deutsches-Reichs-Sportsabzeichen in Bronze...
  20. Deutsches-Reichs-Sportsabzeichen in Silber for a future Tech.Inspektor.
  21. Oberstleutnant Hans-Georg von Zanthier Born: 21 Aug 1891 Died: 02 Sep 1969 Highest rank reached: Generalleutnant Kommandant Magdeburg Kdr Inf.Rgt 349 Kommandant Feldkommandantur 184 Kommandant Metz Kommandant Feldkommandantur 1017 Kommandant rückwärtigen Armeegebiets 594 Befehlshaber Po
  22. Generalmajor Curt Bernard Born: 09 Dec 1886 Died: 02 Dec 1954 Highest rank reached: Generalleutnant Kdr Division Nr 178
  23. General der Artillerie Friedrich Dollmann Born: 02 Feb 1882 Died: 28 Jun 1944 Highest rank reached: Generaloberst Kdr IX.Armeekorps Kdr 7.Armee RK: 24 Jun 1940 EL: 01 Jul 1944 (Posthumous)
  24. Hauptmann Erich Marquardt Born: 20 May 1911 Highest rank reached: Major 3./Aufkl.Gr. Ob.d.L Staffelkapitän 2./Erg.Aufkl.Gr.(F) Ob.d.L Staffelkapitän 2./Erg.Fernaufkl.Gr. Staffelkapitän 1.(F)/Aufkl.Gr.Ob.d.L Staffelkapitän 1.(F)/Aufkl.Gr. 100 Ehrenpokal: 17 Jan 1944
  25. Hauptmann Georg-Friedrich Altvater Born: 18 Dec 1910 Died: 13 Nov 1942 (Killed in action) Highest rank reached: Major II/KG-3 Staffelkapitän Stabstaffel/KG-3 6./KG-27