A very nice Wehrmacht NCO Soldbuch.
It would seem that Miksch was resourceful acquiring a spare Soldbuch Cover he attached it on top of his combat worn one (not denazified).
Soldbuch was opened in November 1939.
Miksch served in the following front line units:
Infanterie Regiment 246 ( 88 Inf Div)
The 88th Infantry Division was set up on November 11, 1939 to December 1, 1939 as a division at the Grafenwoehr training area.
The division was formed from personnel from military districts VII (Munich), XIII (Nuremberg) and XVII (Vienna).
The division was equipped with Czech equipment and weapons. The 13th companies of the infantry regiments were initially heavy grenade launcher companies. In mid-January 1940 the division was relocated to the Upper Palatinate. In mid-May 1940, the division moved to the Trier area as OKH reserve and marched from there from May 16, 1940 through Luxembourg and northern France to the Marne.
On June 12, 1940, the division experienced its baptism of fire here when crossing the river in the Dormans – Trekop area.
The division then pursued the retreating French units as far as the Loire. After the end of the western campaign, the division remained on the Loire in the Bourges area until July 1 and then returned home.
It was on the 12th as described in the history, that not only was it the units baptism of fire in France, Miksch was hit by a bomb splinter in his upper right arm.
He would rejoin the unit again, but was injured once again this time the other arm, a bullet went through breaking his bone.
The actions at the time were the Kursk area of Russia :
On July 3, the division forced the passage over the Kschen and then advanced on Alekseewka. On July 5th the division advanced on Mount Olympus. The advance of the division ended here for the time being, and it went into the defence.
It would seem that sometime during his hospital stay, or when back with his new unit he had an accident (34 Wound Code), although this accident was with a weapon as it was listed also as a 31a (bullet wound). He would spent till the end of 1944 in hospital.
z.b.v 179 (79 Volks Gren Div)
The last unit he would join just before the war ended again back on the Western front!
March 1, 1945, the division settled on the heights on the west bank of the Kyll on both sides of Malbergoft. After fighting on the Ruwer, the division was blown up on March 18 on the march between Idar-Oberstein and Baumholder by a combined attack by air and tank units. The remaining parts of the division settled in the north-western edge of the Palatinate Forest and from there to the Rhine. The division’s new task was to set up a reception position on the western bank of the Rhine to accommodate the remnants of the 1st Army retreating through the Palatinate Forest. On the night of March 24, 1945, the remainder of the division was moved across the Rhine and disbanded there. The remnants of the division were combined to form a corps blocking group.On March 28, the remaining staff of the division received from XIII. SS Army Corps gave the order to transfer to the Jagst. There a surprising attack by the enemy was to be prevented with the help of stray soldiers and the Volkssturm.
- Wounds Badge in Black – France 1940
- Iron Cross Second Class – Kursk
- Infantry Assault Badge
- Eastern Front Medal
Summary: A lucky man, he survived both fronts and three woundings. He is not listed as MIA or KIA, and he was probably captured in late March early April.