Norbert Englitz was born in Breslau 1919. (Today, Wrocław Poland)
He began his career in the Army in 1940 joining up in Breslau.
MG Company, Infanterie Regiment 375 (221. Infanterie-Division) and later – Grenadier Regiment 375 (454. Sicherungs-Division)
In June 1942, the division was under the command of the rear army area 103. The division was deployed throughout the war mainly on the eastern front for security tasks in the rear army area, first with the 17th Army, then with the 6th Army and finally in the XI. Army Corps assigned to 1st Panzer Army, deployed. Under this subordination, parts of the division took part in the Battle of Kharkov in June 1942. For this period, the division is said to have been formed from just under 6,000 men with outdated equipment of German and Soviet production. On August 26, 1942, the 602nd Security Regiment was assigned to the division in place of the 57th Security Regiment, which joined Army Group B. From October 1942 the division was in the so-called army group reserve at the Battle of Moscow. From September 10, 1942, the division was subordinate to two cavalry departments 454. The Grenadier Regiment 375 was dissolved at the front on March 31, 1943 and distributed to the 111th Infantry Division and 304th Infantry Division, the staff formed the staff of the 375th Security Regiment.
Grenadier Regiment 70 (111. Infanterie-Division)
The unit was wiped out in Sevastopol. Although it would see Englitz had already left for training.
Promoted from Schützen to Leutnant!
After training he was sent back into the fight this time in the west!
13. Komp, I.G.Kp, Grenadier Regiment 149 (246 Volks Grenadier Division)
Likely he was the leader of the Infantry Support Gun, a light artillery piece usually around 7.5cm Caliber.
The division was deployed east of Aachen in the HKL, where heavy defensive fighting broke out again and lasted throughout November.
On the 23rd of December 1944, Englitz arrived in hospital, he was wounded in Hurtgen Forest with a grenade splinter on the 17.11.1944. It must have been a bad injury, he was awarded the Silver Wounds Badge and he spent till late 1945 recovering, likely the loss of a limb.
- Infantry Assault Badge
- Eastern Front Medal
- Iron Cross Second Class
- Wounds Badge in Silver
This Soldbuch to a young Lt in one of the most sought after units in Soldbuch Collecting, they do not come up often! He would never return to his hometown, declared in January of 1945 as homeless in Fulda Germany.