Soldbuch to Oberfeldwebel Hermann Kaufer.
Born in Gottesberg, 1907, his Soldbuch was issued in 1939.
Kaufer was mainly in the rear of the lines, in various supply units.
Weapons & equipment
He was issued various weapons including pistols.
He served mostly with the 29th Infanterie Division / 28. leichte Infanterie-Division / 28. Jägerdivision
On September 1, 1939, the division crossed the Polish border and, after the first battles, occupied Kattowitz. The division then pushed north of Kraków past the Vistula and from here to over the Wisloka. Then the San was crossed near Sokolov and after fighting near Osuchy the railway line Brest – Lemberg near Krasnobrod was reached. This is where the division stood at the end of the campaign. The division was moved west to the Aachen area and used for border security. At the beginning of the western campaign, the division crossed the border at Münstereifel and onto the Meuse south of Namour. The further advance led the division via Maubeuge to Lille. The division stayed here until the end of the campaign. In May 1941 she was transferred from northern France to northern Poland. At the beginning of the Russian campaign, the division advanced from Suwalki via Lida and the Njemen to the area north of Smolensk. Here the division had to endure heavy defensive fighting in August and September 1941. At the beginning of the advance on Moscow, the division pushed through Yartsevo and the Vyazma area to the Tyma estuary on the Volga. Since the division had suffered heavy losses up to this point, it was pulled out of the front and transferred to France.
Fighting later in the Crimea, then later in Eastern Prussia.
Kaufer won the following awards:
- War Merit Cross with Swords 2nd Class
- Eastern Front Medal
- Krim Shield
- Drivers Badge in Bronze
- War Merit Cross with Swords First Class
- Romanian Medal for the Fight against Communism