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Gordon Williamson

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  1. Please do not think I am being picky or anything like that as I have no intention of taking anything away from this wonderful group but unfortunately, I still do not believe this is a Kripo Dienstausweis/Ausweis.

    Not picky at all, and I appreciate the extra info. My main interest is in the military police formations that formed part of the Wehrmacht's Ordnungstruppe. Of course its impossible to collect this stuff without coming across Polizei material as so many of the military police, in the early days at least, came from the civil Polizei formations.

    I have no great knowledge of the civil police however ( and absolutely zero about the Czech police !!), and appreciate your feedback. So this is an Ausweis issued to him while he was working with the Kripo, but is not a specific Kripo Ausweis.

    Interesting that entries in his Polizei Dienstpass stop when he is posted to the Feldgendarmerie.

    I have other Dienstpässe where service with the Feldgendarmerie is noted but I am now thinking that this was because after military service they rejoined the Police and the entries were to "fill in the gaps" between periods of police service. In this case of course Lösel never went back to the Police after joining the Feldgendarmerie.

  2. Gordon, fantastic group. Love the Fahrtberechtigungsausweis. These not so easy to find little passes are completely underated and undervalued IMO.

    However, I personally cannot see the Kripo connection with the Ausweis?

    Hi Graham,

    Its down to an entry in his Polizei Dienstpass. The Ausweis was issued to him in Deecmber 1936, and the Dienstpass shows at this time he was in the Kriminalpolizei.

  3. I had the pleasure of meeting Max Fabich at his home in Berlin. Very nice chap. He only found out about the Ritterkreuz through some of his comrades in the GD Truppenkameradschaft after the war. He had no idea that he had been recommended for it, so of course he never actually received the award before the war ended.

    I remember he had his German Cross and some other pieces including a GD cuffband and some shoulder straps in a little tin box. He also still had all his award documents.

    He was into radio control model ships and had a couple of large boats in his study.

  4. Another mis-described photo from E-Bay. Sold as Feldgendarmerie, but actually a much harder to find photo of a Bahnhofswache NCO.

    Alhough the Gorget is similar to the Feldgendarmerie type, there is a subtly different shape to the scroll., and of course no eagle in the centre (just the Abteilung number). Although the back of the photo is anotated "Zug Streife" suggesting Zugwache the word on the scroll although not too clear, definitely isnt long enough for "Zugwachabteilung".

  5. Larry,

    I wasn't sure exactly what you were asking for. If you mean HV (HeeresVerwaltungs) Verordnungsblattt, I've never come across such a thing, but if you just mean Heeresverordnungsblatt the full set of these are all available on CD-ROM.

    Its a huge amount of material. and they do list thousands of orders relating to clothing and insignia and all sorts of other regulations as do the AHM (Allgenmeine Heeres Mitteilungen) which is ( also available on CD-ROM).

    You can find them here http://deutsches-wehrkundearchiv.de/7.html

  6. Yes, very interesting. It appears that Coeler ( a former Naval Officer) didn't have a post as such at the end of the war and was in the "Führer Reserve".

    The post though, of "General der Wehrmachts Ordnungstruppe" was a pre-existing one so I guess that the British wanted to leave the German command structure pretty much intact and have a senior ranking (General) officer answerable to them for the use/performance of these troops.

  7. Fabulous ! Many thanks for posting. My guess is that it would be carried by the guys who wore this armband.

    The fact that the British had such properly printed dual language ID docs and armbands in service within a few days of the end of the war certainly suggests forward planning and that it had been intended for some time to make use of former Feldgendarmerie troops after hostilities ended, and it wasn't just a spur of the moment decision.

  8. Thanks Uwe !

    Bad enough trying to decipher Sütterlin without having to take in to account handwriting of the person using it . Of course once someone points out what it is - it seems very clear !

    As to the use of Verletzung rather than Verwundung, I think it probably depended on the actual form of the injury. By definition, a "Wound" involves the skin being punctured or torn or internal damage caused by blunt force trauma. An Injury is something lesser, possibly a broken leg, ankle etc.

    The Wound Badge could only be awarded if the damage was directly caused by enemy action. In the kind of scenario Chris suggested where maybe the Germans were using a controlled explosion perhaps to clear a blockage on the railway line, any injury would be considered an accident, and the rules clearly stated "Illness and accidents , even if in the face of the enemy, but without intervention of enemy fire, are not eligible for the award".

    So my guess is still that his injury was caused by an explosion likely due to the enemy having planted explosives and blown up the railway line when his train was passing.

  9. I thought about that but it was the "Minen" part which suggested to me enemy action. I can't imagine why a train guard would be involved in using demolition material - that would be the job of the pioniers. Even then, would they use "Mines" to clear an obstactle, surely just dynamite.

    On the other hand, part of the whole raison d'être for the Zugwache was defending trains against Partisan attacks, which often involved blowing up the tracks with mines as the trains passed over them.

    Not sure about the Verletzung issue, whether it was a cut and dried rule or whether it was a matter of interpretation by the clerk filling in the book. Maybe indirectly injured if the train crashed after a mine explosion, rather than wounded by shrapnel ?

  10. ... maybe it's time to get back to it.... always interested in you next effort! joe

    Never too late Joe ! The level of quality of plastic moulding these days has to be seen to be believed, so it isn't difficult to produce a decent effort with a little care. I don't consider myself particularly skilled, just a blundering amateur compare with what some modellers can produce.

    Here is roughly what the set up will look like. Not planning a fancy diorama ( a whole other skill set required there) just a basic "roadway" base as the concept is simply a Panther that has broken down ( Panthers were notorious for mechanical trouble) and about to be towed. Final weather and finishing will be done when I get around to making up a base.

  11. He was wounded in January 1944 and hospitalised from 18 January to 13 February 1944. The handwritten entry is a bit small and hard to read, but I think I can make out " Bei Minensprengung Verletzung xxx u. xxxxx . Kriegslazarett II/605. I believe this hospital was located in Hungary (Budapest).

    So, I guess his train was probably blown up when it ran over explosive charges laid by Partisans.

    Interesting that his death is recorded at 6 October 1945, after the war ended.

  12. Hi Prosper,

    I agree entirely re the mags. When I buy them its usually to admire the work of one of the really dedicated, serious modellers and marvel at how the heck they managed to produce something so magnificent.

    Anyhow, here is the Panther G. Basic paintwork and filters applied but quite a bit of weathering etc to be done. It represents a Panther of 11 Panzer Div in France before the invasion, so no battle damage or anything like that.

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