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  1. https://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/forums/forum/community-forums/groupings-and-individual-soldier-s-history-archive-forum/320938-deutschland-deutschland-über-alles Hi, On pages 1-2-3-4 of the Koopmann family story, I’ve added over 80 new pictures and documents, I have also revised or corrected all the written texts. Cheers, Robert
  2. The pictures are part of a Heer Officer "grouping", he was Bezirksführer as Headmaster of Postschutzschule (Postal protection school) Besenhorst when the General visited the school. In August 1939, Erwin Koopmann was commissioned a Leutnant der Reserve with I.R. 90 of the Hamburg 20th Motorized Infantry Division. He did not participate in the invasion of Poland in September, but remained behind as an instructor with I.R.90's Ersatz battalion. After being promoted to Oberleutnant with 2./ I.R.90 on January 1st 1940, Erwin Koopmann was transferred in March 1940 to the operation area
  3. A web search says that Gurran won the KC as Oberst in 1941, my pictures show a prewar General. Thank you, Robert
  4. Yes, but I think that the studio portrait has be "cleaned"...in reference to another Google picture.
  5. Friedrich Fromm? Friedrich Wilhelm Waldemar Fromm (8 October 1888 – 12 March 1945) was a German Army officer. In World War II, Fromm was Commander in Chief of the Replacement Army (Ersatzheer), in charge of training and personnel replacement for combat divisions of the German Army, a position he occupied for most of the war.[1] A recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, he was executed for failing to act against the plot of 20 July 1944 to assassinate Hitler.
  6. Hi, Could someone please identify this German General on the pre-war pictures? Thank you, Robert
  7. Hi, Could someone please tell if the 1919 service record entries: 1.Ostpr. Jager-Btl and Marinesturmkompanie in der 2. Garde Res.Division are Freikorps units? The soldier was awarded a Baltic cross (1919 Kurland). Thank you, Robert
  8. Both versions of the Baltic Cross (breast pin and from a white ribbon) are shown here and are probably from the same manufacturer!!!! Robert
  9. Colin, Thank you very much for the link. Here is von Holwede's autograph; Cheers, _______ Robert
  10. Colin, I was doing some research on Holwede and I stumbled on this web site;http://www.lot-tissimo.com/de/cmd/d/o/222.21001-462/auk/21/, it seems that Himmler forced him to retire from the Wehrmacht. "20. Juli 1944". Nachlass des General Wolfgang von Holwede. Silberner Erinnerungsbecher des Offiziers-Corps des III. Bataillons 7./(Preuss.) Infanterie-Regiment an den Hptm. v. Holwede 1921 - 1927 mit schauseitiger Widmungsgravur und Chiffre des ehemaligen Grenadier-Regiments K?nig Friedrich III. (2.Schlesisches) Nr.11 Breslau. Im Boden Hersteller- und Silberpunze, Gewicht 227 g, H. 14 cm; Sil
  11. Colin, Generalmajor Wolfgang von Holwede was dicharged from the Wehrmacht in Dec. 1944 and Generalmajor Norbert Holm was arrested and degraded in Oct. 1944. Do you know if they were both related to the July 20th plot? Thank you, ________ Robert
  12. @ Bernhard, Thank you for the nice comments and your notes on E. Koopmann. @ Ulsterman, This picture of Erwin K. at the cemetery means a lot to me, it emcompasses the whole relation between the two brothers and their bonding beyond death... I can feel his deep sadness. Regards, ___________ Robert
  13. Lost comrades These images reside untouched in the back of my mind; My comrades, laid to rest in foreign soil, Baptized by blood and tears of sorrow, Never to return to their unpredicted, unfinished lives. They sacrificed themselves willingly, Unable to see their family and loved ones, They bravely marched through the dark gate, Never to return as mere mortals, but as wandering souls. Onward through the mists of time, They will struggle to perceive the light Of the candles softly flickering in the darkness, As they are forgotten, seeping into the earth, Never to hear, see, and feel again.
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