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  1. I have received a response from the Bundesarchiv in Berlin who appear to have taken over the duties & records of the WASt. The covering letter mentions there is a message dated 24 May 1941 in the unit Horstcompanie Fliegerhorst-Kommandantur Konigsberg/Nm. erfasst (Bundesarchivsignatur: B 563/03945 Seite 053). The covering letter also states the next of kin is Rosl B. with the address Berlin-Lankwitz, Tautenburgstr. 24. Attached to the letter is an index card concerning Fritz Buschmann. I will place a copy here with my attempt at translation & would greatly appreciate any advice on its contents please, my reading is that he was assigned to the 9 Luftwaffe Field Division on 15/9/43 and was at Nikolskoye 60 km from Leningrad. There appears to be a date 23 May 1951 with reference to May 1944, which I assume relates to him being killed or missing. Many thanks. Front of card follows. Reverse of card
  2. Thank you. The albums are primarily photos & postcards of Australian soldiers in the Middle East & North Africa. Looking at the albums it appears there were captions in pencil that were overwritten in pen. The albums are definitely Australian, I suspect he obtained the German photos from perhaps Intelligence Officers at the HQ he was guarding, the battle field or perhaps at one of the POW ‘cages’ he guarded. Unfortunately there are no clues in his war diaries which I have transcribed.
  3. My brother & I have been bequeathed our late great uncle’s effects including his personal military diaries & photograph albums from his service in the Second World War. Included in the albums are photographs taken by German soldiers in North Africa and Crete. We have decided to display them here so that they are not lost to history. By way of background our great uncle was Private Thomas William Cure NX15442, A Company, 2/1 Australian Headquarters Guard Battalion. His company was assigned to the headquarters of the 9 Australian Division. He served from 17 May 1940 to 19 November 1945 in Palestine, Libya including the siege of Tobruk, Syria, Egypt including the battles of El Alamein, New Guinea & Netherlands East Indies. We don’t know how he obtained the photos, & some of his captions I suspect are not accurate. We invite any feedback on the photos.
  4. I agree that he may have fallen on 22 January 1944. I note that there is a post on the Axis History Forum concerning division commander Generalmajor Ernst Michael dated 30 December 2018 that states ’According to a report filed by Abwicklungsstab in NARA T-78 R-139, the command of 9. Lw-FD in Tuganizy was blown up (probably a bomb planted by partisans) on 22 January 1944. The DivFhr, Oberst Michael, and several officers were killed. Oberst Geerkens of JagRgt 17 (L) was mortally wounded in the explosion and died the next day (that would have been 23 January). Of course he could NOT take over the command. Command fell to Major Scheler of PzjgAbt 9 (L) until 26 January, when Oberst Nebel of AR 9 (L) took over.’
  5. Thank you both for your very informative replies. I will keep this thread up to date as I learn more. An early war period photograph Thank you again so much Gordon. Pardon my lack of knowledge, would you please let me know what the WAF is? Thanking you David
  6. I have been researching the military career of Major Heinrich Fritz Buschmann, full details to date are in the section titled ‘Germany: Third Reich: Awards, Decorations & Medals (Wehrmacht)’. I suspect he went missing during the Soviet breakout from the Oranienbaum pocket in early 1944 whilst serving in the supply units of the 9.Felddivision(Luftwaffe). From what I have read on the internet the division was pretty much destroyed in that action. I have been unable to find any detail on that critical time. Would anyone be able to assist me please on further understanding the fate of the division, especially the rear echelon soldiers?
  7. It seems likely Fritz Buschmann was reported missing in early 1944 during the Soviet offensive from the Oranienbaum pocket. It also appears he was in the supply arm of the 9 Luftwaffe Field Division. I have been unable to find much on the web about the fate of the division except it was pretty much destroyed in the path of the offensive. Would anybody be able to further enlighten me please on this period of the division’s service, especially the fate of rear echelon division members?
  8. I apologise for the late response, I have been using Google Translate & various on line German military abbreviation lists to translate as best I can the 10 pages from the Bundesarchiv, Department Military archives. All the documents are from 4 May to 17 July 1943 and concern his redeployment to the 9 Luftwaffe-Feld Division. Whilst this is a very short snapshot of his military career, it shows that he survived the Stalingrad airlift and his ultimate fate was likely in the Baltic states/ north west Russia area. Page 1: Bundesarchiv file cover page for Hptm. D. R.z. V. Fritz Buschmann Geb. dat. 4.10.91, Lw. Page 2: Appears to be a Luftwaffe file front page, no other information other than above. Page 3: Copy of Battalion Leader School, B Educational Group, 5 Infantry Educational Department Evaluation dated 4.5.1943 on Hauptmann Buschmann. It concerns his participation in the battalion leader course from 12.4.43 to 8.5.43. States his unit was Feld Ausb. Regt. 1 (Field Training Regiment 1). His career includes the term R.D.A. (M.Ord.Nr.) 1.1.42. I. Outer Appearance and Attitude: Great appearance, good attitude, very flexible II. Rating as a person, troop leader and instructor: Has worked with attention. On a tactical level is missing any basis to build with success on it. Infantry understanding is very low. III. Final Judgment: Not suitable for battalion leader. IV. Statement of the Instructor Commander: There is no infantry basis. Troop assessment did not exist. V. Statement of the Commander of the School: Agreed Page 4: Evaluation reports cover page dated 10.6.43 from High Commander Field Training Regiment and Training Battalion Luftwaffe, Boelckestr. 12 Braunschweig to The Minister of Aviation and Commander in Chief of the Air Force, Leipziger Str. 7 Berlin. Concerns evaluation notes for officers who took part in the 8th Battalion Leader course in Antwerp. The evaluation reports were for Oberstlt. (Erg.O.) v Hullesheim (Friedrich), Hauptmann (d.R.z.V.) Buschmann (Fritz), Hauptmann (d.R.) Gribl (Wilhelm) Page 5 & 6: Original evaluation at Page 3 signed Lieutenant Colonel and Head of the Education Department, and by Lieutenant Colonel Training Commander, and by Colonel and Commander. Page 7: War assessments cover page dated 27.7.1943 to the 1.8.1943 over officers of the Reserve Luftwaffe Field Units. From Air Fleet Command 1 to the Minister of Aviation and Commander in Chief of the Air Force. The attached war evaluations about the following officers of the Luftwaffe Field Units for submission. Hptm. Buschmann, Fritz 9. Lw.Feld-Div., Hptm. Drobek, Richard 10. Lw. Feld.Div., Hptm. Hoffmann, Friedrich 9. Lw. Feld-Div., Hptm. Wilde v. Wildemann, Lothar A.R. 9 (L). Signed Lieutenant Colonel for the Air Fleet Command The Chief of the General Staff. Page 8 & 9: War assessment to the 1.8.43 dated 6 July 1943 from the 9. Luftwaffen-Felddivision, Divisional Command Post for Hauptmann (d.R.z.V.) Fritz Buschmann, married, civil profession businessman, able bodied for war. Since 10.5.43 admission as Divisional Supply Leader, Konigsberg/Nm. Berlin VIII. Short Assessment: Decent character, ambitious, restraint in some situations is the case. He is a National Socialist and passes on this thought. He had no opportunity to be saved from the enemy. He had worked with great interest in the tasks of the unit, it is expected he will fill this post later. He is averagely gifted and physically capable. He could not acquire infantry experience here. He is suitable as the leader of covered columns, because he brings with him the necessary know how. Summary Judgment: Average. Signed by Major General and Division Commander, and the Commanding General of the III Luftwaffe Field Corps on 18 July 1943. Page 10: Addendum to the assessment dated 17.7.43 from 9. Luftwaffen Felddivision for Hauptmann Buschmann. Hauptmann Buschmann as part of the briefing as divisional supply leader also commanded for 8 days. A judgment about his fitness cannot be given after this short time. However it is possible with mental ability that he will prove himself after further instruction. Signed Colonel and Depury Division Commander. I trust you find this interesting and welcome any observations from this evidence about the military career of Hauptmann Buschmann. I am still awaiting any records that may be located by Deutsche Dienststelle.
  9. Pierce was right. I have received records from the Bundesarchiv, Department Military Archives. They have him recorded as Hptm. d.R.z. V. Fritz Buschmann, date of birth 4.10.1891. I am translating the records consisting of 10 pages which deal with him being trained as a battalion leader in the 9. Luftwaffe-Felddivision in 1943. I am totally surprised that the Luftwaffe would transfer a pilot to an infantry unit.
  10. Thank you, Do any of the ribbons in the attached photo match the award please?
  11. Thank you very much. This research project is becoming more & more intriguing. Are you able to give me any background please on the basis of it being awarded to a German. Heinrich Buschmann was a pilot, could this be a clue? Kind regards David
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