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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 signature can be seen at the bottom of page 2).
    He would go on to command a battlegroup in the African desert where his men captured the British generals Richard O'Connor & Sir Philip Neame and also commanded 116.Panzer-Division in Normandy and around Aachen where he displeased Hitler with his decision to declare Aachen an Open City.
    Post-war he was in charge of a secret department that was responsible for setting up the West German armed forces.
    His entry in Wikipedia covers his career well:

    What I also like about this Soldbuch is that it is the original issue from 1939. It never had a photo placed in it but it was carried by him from day 1 to the end of the war, is full of entries and is in good condition. A lot of Soldbücher to General's can be quite bland and a fair few are replacement issues.

    If anyone has digital copies of the Ehrenblätter for his Rittrekreuz grade awards I would appreciate a copy if possible to add to the Soldbuch files.

    Group, Schwerin (1).jpg

    Schwerin, Gerhard von (2).jpg

    Schwerin, Gerhard von (4).jpg

    Schwerin, Gerhard von (5).jpg

    Schwerin, Gerhard von (6).jpg

    Schwerin, Gerhard von (11).jpg

    Schwerin, Gerhard von (13).jpg

    Schwerin, Gerhard von (14).jpg

    On Ancestry I have been able to find a record of his Baptism and also a record of his marriage to his first wife Herta Kannengiesser in 1925. It is his second wife (of three), Julia Zulich, that is mentioned on page 5 of the Soldbuch.
    And from various online sources I have obtained his card files from WW2, some of which are shown below.

    Baptism - Sankt Ägidien, Hannover, Preußen 27 Jul 1899.jpg

    Marriage 25 Sep 1925 (Berlin) to Herta Mathilde Kannengiesser.jpg

    Schwerin, Gerhard Graf von (4).jpg

    Schwerin, Gerhard Graf von (5).jpg

    Schwerin, Gerhard Graf von (6).jpg

    Schwerin, Gerhard Graf von (7).jpg

    Schwerin, Gerhard Graf von (8).jpg

    Schwerin, Gerhard Graf von (9).jpg

  3. 22 minutes ago, Chris Boonzaier said:

    Yeah... that surprised me when I got my first one... usually i skip through magazines to the things that interest me, with ICM I am pulled to most articles... even if it is way out of my range in interest the layout attracts my eye and I end up reading the article. I am going to hit ebay and try complete my set

    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. 56 minutes ago, Chris Boonzaier said:

    Did you manage to get all editions? I was late to the game so most were sold out by the time I started looking for them...

    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.




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  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:


    Fliegerhorst Barth:



    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 doubt it is the same person.

  8. 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.

  9. 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 mortgage business. 1961 retired to Germany. Credited with
    6 victories in WWI. 11.06.78 died in Hildesheim. 

  10. 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) and Polizei. Some have just one side of a card while others might have 2 or 3 double sided cards of information. 

    If you have a Wehrpass or Soldbuch to a man killed in action then the chances are that the card files will tell you little new except that in a lot of examples the card files tell you how he died (gun shot to lungs, head injury etc) and where he was originally buried. But if all you have is a memorial card or a grave photo then you will be able to gain a lot of information such as his basic training unit, his last unit, dogtag details and so on. See below for a couple of examples. It would seem that people are having an approx 75-80% success rate in finding who they are looking for.

    This is already shaping up to be an incredible resource and I have already been told by one German collector that he has been able to find his Grandfather's card and despite the Red Cross, Volksbund & WASt not telling him about any burial details in the past there on the back of the card was his original grave details showing that he had received a proper burial from his comrades, something that has brought peace of mind to his remaining son & daughter 76 years later.

    But as with all things Ancestry, after your trial period ends you will need to subscribe to the site to obtain access.



  11. From AHF post by Askropp:


    01.11.1935 im Stab der 1. Panzerdivision (Weimar) [laut DAL E]
    12.10.1937 im Stab der 3. Panzerdivision (Berlin) [laut Stellenbesetzung]
    01.02.1940 Referent in der Heerespersonalabteilung 2 des Heerespersonalamts
    01.05.1940 Gruppenleiter in der Amtsgruppe P2 des Heerespersonalamts
    27.12.1944 Führerreserve Wehrkreis III
    01.01.1945 versetzt zum Wehrbezirkskommando Lübben

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