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    Collecting German Wehrpasse, Soldbucher & Award citations. 'Outside' interests include reading history, watching Ipswich Town FC and the Ipswich Witches speedway team.

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  1. From member CanCol: Greetings, everyone. I need help identifying a signature and I am hoping someone knows who this is. The signature is from 1941 and for the Kreisleiter of Kreis IX, NSDAP Gau Berlin. It is my understanding all, or almost all documents for Kreis IX were destroyed in 1945 or were captured by the Soviet Union. Can anyone identify this signature? Many thanks, Barb
  2. I don't often post items from my collection anymore but here is one item that I was able to trade for earlier this year during the height of the pandemic and being primarily a Grossdeutschland collector it will be hard for me to top. It is the Soldbuch and Führerschein to General der Panzertruppe Gerhard Graf von Schwerin who would win the Knights Cross, Oakleaves and Swords. In 1939 he was assigned as battalion commander of I/Infanterie-Rgt GD and would actually command the regiment for the opening of the invasion of France due to von Stockhausen being away for a few days (von Stockhausen's s
  3. Same here. I have little interest in WW1 but have read every WW1 related article, and the same with the article comparing the British & German engines which is really not my area of interest but fascinating to read. And I love the artwork. Computer designed images, especially aircraft or vehicle profiles, are perfectly fine but the hand drawn examples used in the magazine add an extra dimension to the quality of the profiles.
  4. Aye, I have been in from the start. Issue 4 failed to arrive originally but the publishers sent me another copy so I am all up to date. To begin with I was undecided to get the physical version of the magazine or the digital version but I have a couple of other magazines I get as digital versions and rarely read them whereas with the physical version of Iron Cross magazine I read it from cover to cover.
  5. The Iron Cross binder has just arrived and unlike other binders I have seen in the past has an easy to use method to contain the magazines that won't damage the page edges. Still haven't settled where on the shelves to put it though.
  6. The unit is Ergänzungskampfgruppe 5 which was a bomber training unit, a sort of battle school - it is this one here based in Barth: http://www.ww2.dk/air/kampf/ergkgr5.htm Fliegerhorst Barth: http://www.lexikon-der-wehrmacht.de/Kasernen/Wehrkreis02/Kaserne_BarthFliegerhorst-R.htm The pilot is listed in the Volksbund and is buried in Aachen while his casualty card gives the cause of his death as an accident near a place called Bankow/Brankow which I can find no mention of.
  7. Where is this item listed? My first gut feeling is that it could be a fake due to the ink being used for the Bonin signature being similar to other faked items but the quality of the image isn't good enough to go beyond a gut feeling. Likewise I can not find any mention of a Rudolf Lichte as a fighter pilot but that isn't unusual as there must of been hundreds who never left their mark in the history books. There is mention of a Rudolf Lichte on Ancestry as being married in Hannover in 1940 but it doesn't give any date of birth to aid confirmation and has his trade as Arbeiter so I
  8. Can only agree. A new (albeit already a year old) magazine with fresh, original articles and a stylish area of the forum to discuss the pieces contained within.
  9. Bit by bit the story comes together. Nice find with the obituary.
  10. What does the stamp say? It might be that Inf.Rgt 245 was attached to another division. EDIT: Found it - Dietrich Kraiss. For the date of that citation he was in command of 168.Infanterie-Division.
  11. Considering not just the range of different cap tallies seen here but also the wide variety of fantastic photos posted I am surprised that no-one has thought to publish a book covering these type of photos including photos of the trade badges which is another great photographic record. Considering Schiffer have published books in the past based on sign posts and wedding photos these would make a fantastic photo reference book.
  12. From Larry deZeng & Doug Stankey's Luftwaffe Officer Career Summaries: FLEISCHER, Alfred. (DOB: 16.03.95 in Hildesheim). WWI served in the Infanterie then in the Fliegertruppe as a Lt.d.R. 1938-39 Obstlt. and Ausbildungsleiter Lw.-Erg.Btl. 33 Illesheim. 01.08.39 Obstlt.(Erg.O.), Kdt. Fl.H.Kdtr. Nürnberg. 01.06.40 Obstlt., Kdt. Koflug Schleswig. 01.02.42 promo to Oberst. 26.03.43 in Lg.Kdo. XXV area, appt Kdt. Koflug 3/XII. 26.03.43 trf from Flieger-Ers.Btl. XII to Luftgaukdo. XXV. 10.44 Kdt. Koflug 3/XII (Pancevo). Post WWII moved to Chicago and employed in the mortga
  13. Führerschein of future General der Panzertruppen and Knights Cross with Oakleaves & Swords winner Gerhard Graf von Schwerin.
  14. I am sure some will of seen this announced on other forums but for those that don't know Ancestry in Germany have now added 2.4 million cards for those soldiers killed between 1939-1948 and although I am led to believe that those cards relating to late 1944 don't exist there may well be some for that period and 1945. So far the latest date I have been able to find a card file for is July 1944 but I have been told that there are some for later in 1944 and 1945. So far I have found card files for members in all 3 branches of the Wehrmacht, Waffen-SS (including Concentration Camp guards) an
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